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We Shoot Bikes (and Babes) Too!

Ok, sure, mostly we shoot custom cars but that’s not all we do. We met Joe Torres at a recent local car show and he had been looking for someone to take professional pictures of his radical 2001 Hiabusa. We pencilled him in, called one our favorite models, Victoria Marie, and had a blast “gangster-style”! So… what have you got for us next? BRING IT!!!

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All-Steel, Bad-Ass, Stude-Roadster-Pickup

We see lots of cool cars - but this one is really something unique. It’s Davey Warner’s 1948 Studebaker pickup. It features an all-steel roof, which is removable - along with the door window channels, 3 pieces total. The grill is from a ’37 Ford and the hood is from a ’39 Ford. This truck was designed, built and owned right here in LA PA. Mike Heim and the guys over at Quality Custom Rides made this vision come alive. Look out for this truck in a magazine or any number of car shows in the Mid-Atlantic and/or North East.

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THE Sickest Camaro You've Ever Seen!

Jim Osenenko seems like a pretty normal guy - but he must be quite twisted in his brain because this Camaro is SO far beyond wild and crazy! We met Jim at the NorthEast Custom Car & Bike show this past April, where he was an “Elite 6” finalist. The chassis underneath this beast boggles the mind. Shooting black cars is not an easy task but we were absolutely focused on giving this “Ridler” contestant our full attention!

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Bruce Larson's USA-1 Camaro Funny Car

We LOVE drag racing! So we were particularly stoked when we got the opportunity to shoot this new replica of a famous old Funny Car. John Worm of Slingshot Dragsters built this car and it is currently being campaigned with the legendary former NHRA World Champion, Bruce Larson. Look for more of the images from this shoot in the near future!

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What the %&$# is a Huppmobile!?!

Ok, so, I’m a car guy and I had never even heard of a “Huppmobile”. In any case, they are real, they actually existed, you can google it yourself. However, none of them EVER looked like this custom piece of John and Lauren Rose. This is one really sexy car with great lines and just oozes class and style. We LOVE what we do and we hope you enjoy looking at this thing as much as we did!

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Green with Envy???

Jessica Kilby’s ’50 Chevy Stepside Pickup is WAY(cool) over the top! This truck was built here in Lancaster with help from Jessica’s dad Ross Gilbert and Bob Meshey and the guys over at Waycool Rod Shop. Trim, cowl vents, badges and the like were all either refined or removed. The hood seam was filled, the rear fenders were widened 2½ inches and the entire rearend was reworked. The tailgate was shaved clean, new latches and links were installed, and the bumper was replaced with a custom roll pan that houses a set of ’96 Cadillac taillights. Featured in the roll pan is a frenched license plate insert and exhaust outlets. The stunning two-toned green persona of the truck is the result of pearl and custom mixed Chrysler greens laid down by Dink at Waycool. Just as exotic as the paint is the African mahogany bed wood, and custom running boards. Although some of the metal tweaks were for looks, others served a purpose such as the rear fenders; they were widened to accommodate the Billet Specialties Dagger billet rollers 18x8s and 20x12s, wrapped in Mickey Thompson 16x34 and 10x28 rubber. We think you’ll agree… this thing is SICK!

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Rob Harris's '72 Roadrunner is all GO not just show!

This is one of the more radical rides we’ve had the pleasure of capturing. It looks like an all-out drag car but it’s got a full interior and sees plenty of street action. Much of the work was done by Waycool Rod Shop here in Lancaster, PA, including the wild graphics and paint.

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Rocky Pirrone's "Big John Mazmanian" '41 Willys Gasser Tribute

For those of you who don’t know, Rocky Pirrone is a die-hard “Gasser” guy. At this year’s NHRA U.S. Nationals he had 4 of the 12 that competed for a Wally - this is one of those 4! This is a tribute car to the original legendary gasser campaigned in the 60’s that was driven by Bones Balogh. Bones actually drive this tribute car 50 years later at both the U.S. Nationals and the California Hot Rod Reunion. We could not have been happier to shoot this super cool, old-school drag car. Keep your eyes peeled for this car on the strip at a nostalgia race near you in 2013!

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We Don't ONLY Shoot Hot Rods!

Here’s one we wanted to share because we wanted to show people that we don’t only shoot custom cars. This is Kathy Phillips 2007 Bentley Continental GT Convertible and it is one very cool ride. With a 660 horsepower V-12 engine, this thing gets up and goes! And with all the genuine leather, real wood grain trim, and technology out the wazoo… it’s the ultimate in comfort AND style. So, whether you’ve got an exotic car, a restored tractor, or a surplus tank - we can shoot it in the finest fashion for you! It’ll be interesting to see what vehicles come out of the wood work now!?!

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We Did It!!!

We’ve finally accomplished one of our ultimate goals - we got a feature published in Hot Rod Magazine! Thanks to our customer, Chris Glasgow, for having a really cool and different car that was interesting enough to warrant being published. Also, thanks to Jesse Kiser at Hot Rod Magazine for working with us on getting this done. We have learned tons about how to get our clients vehicles published in national magazines, and although we can never promise anything, we do offer this as a service.

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Chris Glasgow's '64 Olds Cutlass

We had an absolute blast shooting this really cool car for a really cool owner. Chris Glasgow of Charleston, South Carolina, found us on the internet and thought our work was the best he’d ever seen. He hadn’t cut any corners on rebuilding his dad’s Olds and he wanted to have the best possible pictures of the car, so made an appointment with Hot Rod Portraits. We lined up a couple of Central PA’s hottest girls and it was ON! This thing was super subtle but when you notice things like the fuel-injected 455 Olds big-block, the awesome double hood setup, embossed Olds log under the hood and the slick custom interior you know it’s a very special car. Thanks for bringing us your baby, Chris!

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The "Essence" of a 67' Firebird

Hot Rod Portraits is proud to show you Sam and Bonnie Lynn’s 67' Firebird “Essence”. This is possibly the nicest and coolest Firebird we’ve ever seen. This car has been touring the indoor car show circuit for the last year winning awards everywhere! It is an absolutely stunning piece and we think this represents our best work to date! We hope you agree.

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HRP at the Inaugural Sturgis Road Show

We got to shoot the 2011 Sturgis Road Show bike - then were very honored to be invited to the show as a vendor. We set up our remote studio at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg and shot babes on bikes all weekend. Hey, tough gig but somebody has got to do it - and that somebody is me, baby. Me!

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"Vanishing Point" 70' Challenger

And yet a third sweet ride from Rob Ida Concepts. This 70' Challenger is super cool - and fast. It's got a new school HEMI, custom interior, one-off wheels, credit card swipe actuated door poppers, this list goes on. I think it's kinda styled like a certain Chevelle I'm very familiar with - wonder if I may have been influencing some people??

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National Champion 69' Boss 429 Mustang!

This is the second Boss 429 we shot for Tom Hernquist - known to us as “the red one”. This is a National award winning car and has been featured in magazines and on credit cards. Tom sold “the white one” we shot last year at the Barrett-Jackson auction. But he’s not selling this one, he’s keeping it for himself! Tom is an awesome guy and a very lucky man! He is in the process of restoring a 3rd Boss 429. Apparently the 3rd one is gonna be “the black one”. We can’t wait to shoot it too!

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Russ Gillespie's '55 Chevy Pickup

This is my Dad’s truck which he has just recently overhauled. Dad went out to Bonneville for the 60th anniversary of Speed Week and that inspired this wild creation. I helped him design the two-tone paint scheme with flip-flop scallops. The wheels are actually 15" with 17” and 19” Full Moon’s mounted with Zeus buttons fastened to 15” moons underneath. We shot Dad’s truck earlier this year, I’m finally getting it up on the site. Check out the full gallery of images by clicking here. I also included his old showboard so you could see the before and after.

Rob Ida's Latest Works of Art!

We are extremely proud to present our photos of these two amazing custom street rods. Both of these cars have been just recently finished by Ida Automotive in Morganville, NJ. Rob Ida and his dad Bob have been building some of the most innovative, wild, immaculate, ultra-custom cars for decades - and both of these cars represent their best efforts. The 33’ Willys “Roaster” was completely built from scratch. Starting with a pile of sheet metal and some billet stock the artists at Rob Ida Concepts sculpted this masterpiece which features a hand formed body and fenders, removable top, one-off wheels with integrated custom brakes, tilt-away steering column, and a blown 600HP Cadillac NorthStar (which is notable because it, along with the tires, are the only things “store bought” on this car). There are truly too many things to list about this car and words don’t do it justice anyway, so check out the pics here.



This 37’ Chevy Coupe called “Black Opal” is a classy, low slung baggin, twin-turbo sportin’, custom dub rollin’ stunner that is bringin’ sexy back to street rodding in a big way! And I think our model friend Heather Childs helps with the “sexy” part for sure. But seriously, I love seeing street rods built by relatively young guys like Rob using modern components, with contemporary influences. Be sure to notice the sculpted fender accents, hand formed brass trim, one-off wheels, headlight and taillight treatments, motor through the hood, custom dash with billet gauge cluster, etc. Best thing you can do is check out these pics yourself here.

Check Out Our New Online Store

We’ve been hard at work putting together our new online store. We’ve chosen SmugMug for all of their great product offerings and customer service. You will find all kinds of cool things for sale including prints of all sizes, t-shirts, sweatshirts, magnets, mugs, puzzles, keepsakes, etc. now offered not only to our clients but to everyone. Click here to check out all our great photos and snag something for yourself or as a gift for that special gear head in your life.

HRP "Poster Child" Feature Published

WOW! This one was huge. The kind of thing car guys dream of - seeing your own ride featured in a national car magazine is something that relatively few people get to experience. And let me tell you I couldn’t be happier to see my 69’ Chevelle featured in the Summer 2009 edition of “Chevelle” magazine. Special thanks to Nick Licata, editor of Camaro Performers and Chevelle magazines, for putting the great layout and story together using the photos from our studio. Chevelle magazine is a newsstand-only publication so go out and pick up a copy and check it out for yourself. Click here to see all the shots from this shoot.