November 27, 2023
TCN Interviews with Sean Bolasingh
Join us for an interview with Sean Bolasingh, a passionate automotive photographer from the New York and New Jersey area. Discover his journey, learn valuable tips, and gain insights into the vibrant world of car photography.

Meet Sean Bolasingh, an emerging automotive photographer from the bustling New York and New Jersey area. Sean's journey into the world of car photography began almost serendipitously at local car shows, where his natural eye for captivating shots started to shine through. Initially sharing his photos casually, it wasn't until encouragement from his brother that Sean began to view his talent more seriously, transforming his hobby into a dedicated pursuit of automotive artistry.

Koenigsegg Jesko
Koenigsegg Jesko Photographed by Sean Bolasingh

TCN x Sean Bolasingh

In our interview, we'll explore Sean Bolasingh's unique perspective on automotive photography. How does he capture the perfect image of a car, merging its mechanical brilliance with artistic creativity? What approach does he take when starting new projects, and what obstacles does he face in the specialized realm of car photography? Sean will share his own methods and provide guidance for those looking to break into automotive photography.

To see more of Sean Bolasingh's impressive work, check out his Instagram page.

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TCN x Sean Bolasingh Interview

1.  “Can you share with us how you first got interested in automotive photography? What was the first car you photographed that made you think, ‘This is it, this is what I want to do’?”

I first got into automotive photography by going to car shows and having an eye (without knowing) for shots. I'd send my brother in North Carolina photos of the cars that would be at the show and he suggested that I should take the art more serious. Of course, I was young (16), I didn't listen to my brother. The first car that I photographed that made me think that this was what I wanted to do was my boys Liberty Walk M4.

Ferrari 488 Pista
Ferrari 488 Pista Photographed by Sean Bolasingh

I rode my bike 4 miles for a free shoot just to get my name out there and to practice more on my photo taking. What made me do it? The drive and the dedication I had just to take these photos. I also used to go to my boys shop, at the time he had a beautiful Nissan GTR, it was white with blue interior. He let me come by his shop almost everyday to shoot some cars. He saw the vision in the beginning and I appreciate them so much. I just love automotive photography.

2. “In your opinion, what makes a great automotive photo stand out? Are there specific angles, lighting conditions, or environments that you think work best? How would you describe your photography style currently?”

To me, color and scenery makes a great photo stand out, especially when the photo is out of the states. Honestly specific angles, lighting conditions, and environment all matter when it comes to automotive photography. The biggest thing to me is lighting and environment since it makes editing easier. I know there’s photoshop, but there’s nothing wrong with having a clean environment so you don’t have to do so much work.

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ
Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Photographed by Sean Bolasingh

3. “What has been your most challenging photo shoot and why? Were there any unexpected obstacles or memorable moments?”

My most challenging photoshoots aren’t in the automotive category. It is more challenging in the music and fashion brand industries. They are challenging because you aren’t the only photographer there. I’d have to worry about things such as getting in others shots and change in pace. Other than that, everything is smooth. Preparation will have you ready for any unexpected obstacle.

Nissan R34 GTR
Nissan R34 GTR Photographed by Sean Bolasingh

A memorable moment in my photography career has to be when I shot a cover photo for Fabolous and Dave East. It was one of my favorite shoots because it was the first time I had seen a Maybach S62 landaulet with the drop top feature. I have always heard about that car, whether it was a song or someone telling me about that vehicle. It was always a car I’ve wanted to see in person.

Fabulous & Dave East
Fabulous & Dave East Photographed by Sean Bolasingh

4. “Is there a specific piece of gear you can’t live without, minus your camera of course?

I feel like I can’t live without my 35mm lens. Why? Because of the simple fact that out of the lenses I run, it produces the sharpest image.

Ferrari 812 Superfast
Ferrari 812 Superfast Photographed by Sean Bolasingh

5. “Automotive photography is a field with intense competition. How do you keep your work fresh and stay ahead of the curve?”

I personally don’t really worry about competition. I feel like that’s where the problem with the art of photography, is that it has caused more of a competition than art. I look at photography as an art because that’s what it originally is. I think that’s what keeps my work fresh and ahead of the curve.

Porsche 991.2 GT3 RS
Porsche 991.2 GT3 RS Photographed by Sean Bolasingh

6. “In an industry that’s always evolving, how do you keep your work innovative and maintain a unique edge? Do you find there is a competitive element to automotive photography or do you see it as more collaborative?"

I remain having a unique edge just by capturing the perfect moments. I follow my intuition with photos and other aspects. There is a competitive element in the automotive photography world and I feel like I never choose competition because photography is an art. It’s best to go the collaborative route because building relationships with people and sharing the same craft is always an amazing time. It opens up spaces for ideas, creative help, constructive criticism and more!

McLaren 720S
McLaren 720S Photographed by Sean Bolasingh

7. “Looking back at your career so far, what advice would you give to your younger self when you were just starting?”

Some advice I'd tell my younger self is some advice that I actually use today is: “Stay in your lane, lock in and stay focused”. Those 3 things kept my vision tunneled and helped out with my manifestation journey.

Porsche 992 GT3 RS
Porsche 992 GT3 RS Photographed by Sean Bolasingh

8. “Do you have a favorite photo? Either one you’ve taken yourself or one taken by someone else? If so can you tell us about what makes that photo so special?”

Yes I do have favorite photos of my own! I can say I'm a huge fan of seeing automotive photography outside of the states. Any supercar photos that are in Europe are top tier to me.

Lamborghini Urus
Lamborghini Urus Photographed by Sean Bolasingh

9. “Finally, if you could have a dream photo shoot of your dream garage with any three cars from any era, which cars would you choose?"

It’ll have to be a McLaren Speedtail, a Koenigsegg Regera and a Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+. I chose these cars because they are personal favorites. Give me these cars and a hanger with a fighter jet and I promise it’ll be a great shoot.

Porsche 993 Carrera
Porsche 993 Carrera Photographed Sean Bolasingh

Wrapping Up

We're grateful to Sean Bolasingh for sharing his experiences and perspectives in automotive photography. His journey, marked by dedication and talent, is not only motivating but also rich with practical insights. Sean's knack for beautifully capturing the essence of automobiles is remarkable. We value the expertise he has shared with us and are excited to see what he accomplishes next as he continues to make a significant impact in the realm of automotive photography.

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