Part I: 2006 Audi DTM Class MP1 + 2012 Audi R8 LMS Ultra
South Florida-based race team, ANSA Motorsports, invited me to Homestead-Miami Speedway to capture a day of their “Arrive and Drive” program. Private clients own or rent the cars, and ANSA provides them with everything they need to essentially show up at the track and race the luxurious vehicles: storage, delivery, maintenance, parts, tires, technicians, software, catering, and more are included. The client’s experience remains posh throughout the day as they relax and recharge in the semi truck’s private lounge outfitted with a leather sofa, chairs, a media bar, DirecTV, stocked refrigerator, and even a Nespresso espresso machine.
In short, the “Arrive and Drive” program is Gucci, and from the beginning knew I had the juice.
These cars are pieces of art and I approach photographing them with an intimate perspective earned alongside the drivers. They gave me full access and I am very grateful to them for sharing space, even when that meant crawling inside the passenger seat alongside them seconds before they took off down the track.
LaRae Lobdell is an environmental portrait photographer, host, and instructor with over 20 years of experience photographing, directing, producing exhibits, and speaking in the photography industry. She focuses on providing artists, actors, models, and companies with lifestyle and conceptual imagery for promotional use and branding. Her approach is very contemporary, her work has a timeless elegance, and she represents the grace, distinction, and style that is possible in photography.
Her curriculum vitae includes 21 photography exhibits of her own work, the curation of 15 exhibits for other artists’ and museums, the production of 13 private and community events, and two year’s experience as director of one of Seattle’s largest art walks. Her images have been published in The Huffington Post, Broadway World, Yale University Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine, and even aired on the Colbert Report.
LaRae’s position as a lead host for online educational giants such as CreativeLive and Polaroid University gave her the unique opportunity as one of an elite group of professionals to connect a live global audience to top renowned professionals in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, software design, productivity, and lifestyle. She brought her network to BLACKRAPID as their Culture Liaison, facilitating close working relationships between influencers and organizations for promotional sales and marketing.
Grateful to be a stay-at-home mom while balancing a rewarding career in the photography industry, this proud single mom enjoys a nomadic traveling lifestyle between Seattle and the Florida Keys with her daughter, Emerson.