What it’s Like to Photograph the Detroit Auto Show 2015 (NAIAS 2015 Photos)

By Alexis Simpson

I’ve photographed the North American International Auto Show in Detroit the last three years, and it’s a love/hate event. The major pro of photographing the show is that I’ve gotten to sell my photo to publications such as Forbes and The Wall Street Journal. In fact, the first photo I ever had published was a car photo from the auto show. This year I know I already had at least 8 photos published in The Wall Street Journal. Being published is an unbeatable feeling. Some photographers make sure to capture each car unveiling event as well as attend all the big parties. I haven’t gotten involved to that extent yet,  but there is always next year. NAIAS always has an air of excitement surrounding it, so it’s always entertaining to check out the latest ‘IT” car, scope out the models, look for celebs, and enjoy the free food/booze.

The annoying part of NAIAS can be dealing with some of the over-zealous photogs. Sometimes they get so overwhelmed in their excitement to check out the interior and exterior of the cars, that they take crazy amounts of photos. Ideally in order to sell a photo of an auto show car, it helps if there are not too many people in the frame. Press week is busy so it’s inevitable that I’ll have to wait a short while to get my money shot. Sometimes I’ll get stuck behind an over zealous photographer who is in the midst of taking 75-100 photographers of a single car. UGH. Usually this is an overseas press photog who probably doesn’t get a chance to see this sort of event, so all you can do is be patient. Sometimes car industry gurus will be in networking convos right in your frame as well. Usually they’ll move if you ask nicely. If they don’t hear your request, then I recommend snapping a few quick photos of them until they take the hint:) Also, you have to wait for the car polishers that are hired to keep the vehicles looking sharp. Patience is the name of the game because of the hectic atmosphere. It can be frustrating to wait because it’s important to get all photos edited and uploaded ASAP to meet deadlines and increase sales.

Here are some photos from this year’s show.

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Mercedes-Benz always has an exciting display!
Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Cadillac

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Audi
Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

BMW

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

BENTLEY

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

MINI

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

MINI COOPER

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

DJ

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Jaguar

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Toyota

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Dodge Challenger

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Chevy Colorado

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Maserati

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Chevy Corvette

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

AISIN

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Two guys have fun at the Mazda display

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Volvo

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Lincoln

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

A Ford Presentation

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Camera guy waits patiently for the car duster dude to hurry up already:)

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Ford GT

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Mustang

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Remote-Control Cars

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

Detroit Auto Show 2015 NAIAS

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