Much in the same vein as last year, 2019 was definitely a year of quality over quantity. Work took me to new places again this year and I spent a wonderful 40th birthday in Hawaii. I also got myself a little birthday gift in the form of a new Nikon Z7, which has become my primary camera for the last […]

Omar and I go way back. I took his high school Senior Photos for him way back in the day, and eventually he joined us in Project One and showed his old Honda Accord with us for years. Now, he’s all grown up, moved down to the Bay Area, and got himself a new sick ride! He just happened to […]

It’s always great to reunite with friends you haven’t seen in awhile. I’ve known Rheena and Randy for more than 15 years through the car show scene, and we share a bunch of mutual friends and acquaintances in the local car community. When she contacted me to ask me to take photos of her new car, I was more than […]

A little less than 15 years ago, I began my photography career when I started covering car shows for Subiesport Magazine. Little did I know at the time, this would lead me toward my current digital marketing career today, all thanks to my love for the Subaru brand. The recent announcement of the S209 made me feel nostalgic toward how […]

A look back at the year in photos that was 2018. Photos from Seattle, Berlin, Dallas, and Shanghai, along with a McLaren 570S and the Vegas Golden Knights!

I love repeat customers, and when Will contacted me to ask if I’d like to shoot his newest McLaren, I jumped at the chance. Instead of the more scenic backgrounds that we used for his McLaren MSO 650S Spyder, Will wanted to do more inner city backdrops and get some nice rolling shots over Lake Washington. We went from Ballard […]

Life caught up to me quite a bit in 2017. I took the least number of photos this year than any other year since I started shooting professionally, with the vast majority of the photos revolving around friends and family. There were even entire months where I didn’t even shoot anything. That’s not a bad thing though, since some of […]

When my good friend Mackey asks if anyone’s interested to help him shoot photos of his car, I’m typically first in line. Mackey and I started NWMotiv.com back in 2010 and he’s always been not only a great friend and business partner, but also a mentor when it comes to photography. So, whenever he calls the banners, I always answer […]

The old girl’s still got it! It’s been a long time since I’ve driven my WRX, “EVA-00” or “Eva” for short. She typically spends her days in my garage now that she’s been a few years retired now from the car show scene, but with my friend Kyle “KP” Pope in town bringing dry skies from Arizona, it was a […]

2016 went by like a blur for me. It didn’t take anywhere near as many photos as I have in previous years, mainly due to life changes such as taking a role at eBay as the Global Digital Marketing Manager for the eBay Partner Network. Life is busy, but busy is good, and through it all I still found time […]

Paul was an old customer of ours back at World One Performance, who owned a 600+ whp Subaru STI race car that we built. Unfortunately, I wasn’t ever able to do a photoshoot with his STI, but we kept in touch after World One went away. About a month ago, he hit me up asking if I’d like to take […]

I recently received an email from Griffin Brugger, a student at Seattle’s The Center School, asking if I’d be willing to do an interview with him regarding photography. I was happy to oblige, and the questions he asked were so good that I felt they’d be perfect to include in a blog post.

I’ve often been asked, “if you could have any car in the world, what would it be?” At the top of my list for years has been the McLaren F1: all of the thought put into that car, the attention to detail, and just the sheer beauty and sound of it made it my dream car. The McLaren F1 might still […]

Will’s BMW 1M is definitely a thing of beauty. We had great timing with the Seattle spring time weather and were able to capture some really great images. Many thanks to Wence Estrada for driving my car for the rolling shots. I’ll be shooting Will’s other car in the coming weeks, so be sure to keep an eye out for […]

Some quick photos of Lee’s brand new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata in “Ceramic White”

A look back at the year 2015 in photos, through the lens of Armin H. Ausejo. Includes automotive, landscape, and Formula DRIFT photography.

After a four-month wait, new wheels for my Audi S3 finally arrived. You can read all about the buyer’s journey here on NWMotiv: https://www.nwmotiv.com/new-shoes-for-armins-audi-s3-ella/ But you can see all of the fresh new photos here below:    

Formula DRIFT weekend at Evergreen Speedway is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Our coverage of this year’s event on NWMotiv.com is truly exceptional, but I wanted to share my own personal favorite photos here. I also rented the new Nikon 300mm f/4 PF VR lens for the weekend, which performed even better than I was expecting. Very […]

What a year, 2014 was! I may not have taken as many photos as I had in previous years, but I’d say the quality is up there amongst the best in recent memory. Rather than taking photos of anything and everything, I ended up being a bit more selective for the most part this year, and really took my time. […]

Four years ago, I made the switch to full frame, upgrading from my trusty Nikon D300 to the Nikon D700. By the time I made the switch, the D700 was already available for  2 1/2 years, so its reputation and capabilities were already well-established. Full frame was like night and day after coming from a cropped sensor camera, and while […]

Last month, together my NWMotiv.com partner in crime, Josh Mackey, photographed a set of features for NWMotiv that we called “theKings,” comprised of some of the best Hondas that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Mackey took the majority of the workload, while staff photographers Vinnie Nguyen and Ken Arnold II assisted with lighting and staff videographer James Whelan recorded […]

Last year, I shot two launch events for Toyota USA, the launch of the new Tundra and 4Runner and the launch of the new Corolla. I must’ve made a great impression, because this year the same agency hired me to shoot the launch event for the new Lexus NX here in Seattle. Unlike the Corolla shoot, which would take place at […]

2013 was a very successful and productive year for my photography. Check out all of the different things that I’ve photographed this year!

Back in July, my friend Richard Thompson contacted me and asked if I’d be available to assist him with a photoshoot up here in the Pacific Northwest. He said he was shooting a professional basketball player for Forgiato Wheels and DUB Magazine, but at the time he still wasn’t exactly sure who it would be. Being a huge basketball fan […]

After photographing the new 2014 Tundra and 4Runner for Toyota USA back in August, their PR agency also asked me to photograph the new 2014 Corolla a month later. This time, the photos would be shot at various locations throughout Seattle proper, but the turnaround time again was very fast, requiring finished photos by noon the next day. Again, I […]

I’ve seen some crazy builds in my day, but Kito’s BMW V12-powered Range Rover ranks up there among not only the craziest, but also one of the most well done. I shot Kito’s Range Rover the same day that I shot’s Erich’s Land Rover for UK-based Land Rover Owner International, and it finally made its debut in the October 2013 […]

Back in June, I was contacted by a PR firm asking for a quote for some automotive photography. A month later, I found out that they accepted my offer, and I was pleased to find out that I’d be shooting photos for PR and editorial use for Toyota USA! The brand new 2014 Toyota Tundra and 4Runner were being launched, […]

My friend Kito is into many awesome things. I recently shot his Range Rover for Land Rover Owner International Magazine, but we’re still waiting for the feature to publish before I can share photos. In the meantime, he told me that he’s building a rally-x car, and that he’s going to be doing a very unique paint job for it, […]

Back in March of this year, I was asked to shoot two Land Rovers in the area for the UK-based magazine, Land Rover Owner International (LRO). Both shoots were done the same day and the US editor even flew out to meet the owners and direct the shoot a bit. The first of these features is now out in the July […]

On April 17-18, the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) held their 16th annual Mudfest, which brings together the latest and greatest SUVs and crossovers for a competition to see which is the best, voted among NWAPA’s members. This year, 23 vehicles from 13 manufacturers participated in the competition at Dirtfish Rally School in Snoqualmie, Washington and I was honored to […]

In terms of my photography, I’d have to say that 2012 was a pivotal, life-changing year for me. I learned a lot of new techniques, sharpened many skills, and met a whole lot of great people. I thank each and every one of your for all of your support in this past year, and I’m very much looking forward to […]

Lately, I’ve been going back and re-editing some old photos, just to see how I’d do things differently given all the time and experience that’s transpired since the original edit. Here are a few examples that I’d like to share: [beforeafter][/beforeafter] [beforeafter] [/beforeafter] [beforeafter] [/beforeafter]

Looking for a holiday gift for yourself or your loved one, that’ll keep on giving throughout the year?  Armin Ausejo Photography 2013 Calendars are now on sale for a mere $10 including shipping via USPS!  You can purchase calendars, prints, and vinyl decals through this link on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ArminPhoto/app_251458316228 Be sure to purchase soon, as quantities are limited!

Shooting an “old school” car was a nice change of pace! Haila’s Starlet is my latest feature on NWMotiv, and given the old school car, I decided to go with an old school style of processing for the photos. See all the photos and read all about it here: https://www.nwmotiv.com/cars/shooting-starlet/ And here’s a few of my favorites from the set:

The final round of the Formula DRIFT 2012 season took place as usual at “The House of Drift” in Irwindale, California. It was an awesome event and I got to meet a bunch of people that I’ve been meaning to meet face-to-face for quite some time. I also rented a Nikon D4 to cover the event (big thanks to BorrowLenses.com) […]

Last weekend, I took a couple photos immediately following NWMotiv’s inMotion Car Show and Drift Event. It was a favor for my friend Kenji (who owns the white Lexus) and he just wanted a couple quick pics. Each photo was handheld with my D700 and Nikkor 24-70mm ƒ2.8, ISO 800, ƒ5.6, with the first one above at 1/50 sec and […]

Back in March, I was contacted by Modified Magazine to shoot two cars in the Seattle area for them. The first of these was David’s Mazda MPV, and the second one was Andrew’s Subaru RSTI as you can see above. It’s been awhile since I’ve shot a Subaru for a print magazine and thankfully it felt like I was right […]

3 1/2 weeks ago was my 6th annual visit to Formula DRIFT Seattle, covering it once again for NWMotiv.  It was probably my favorite Formula DRIFT in the past 6 years, since I knew more people, the weather was perfect most of the time, and I feel like I took some of my best photos.  You can read all about […]

A few years ago, I shot Jag’s Porsche 911 Turbo for TunerZine, and it was just crazy luck that Mackey ended up shooting his Lamborghini Murciélago. Since this was Mackey’s shoot for iForged Wheels, I was just there to tag along and assist. I still got my shots in and I’m very happy with how they turned out. I tried […]

A few months ago, I was contacted by the folks at Modified Magazine to shoot two cars in the Seattle area.  The first of these two assignments finally went to print in the July 2012 issue of Modified Magazine. As you can see, it probably isn’t what you might be expecting: it’s a Mazda MPV with a 300ZX twin turbo […]

There are very few cars that seem to universally appeal to the masses, and I’m fortunate enough that I was able to photograph one of them for NWMotiv last month.  I was also fortunate to have a rented D800 to play with for the shoot as well, which impressed me in just about every way possible.  We did a full […]

If you’re reading this, you’ve already noticed that the website looks very different!  As much as I love the Graph Paper Press templates, I felt like it was time for a change, so after a few days of looking at various designs (and trying out a few), I’ve settled on this new template from Theme Forest.  So far I think […]

Last Sunday, KP and I joined Josh Mackey in shooting Jason’s Genesis Coupe. I really needed help in figuring out what I was doing wrong with rig shots, and thankfully Mackey was happy to show me the way. He showed us how to set it up properly and I quickly learned what I was doing incorrectly.  This finally allowed me […]

It’s been a long time since I’ve had the opportunity to just shoot a car without any time constraints, deadlines, or expectations.  Alan and I caught a break in the weather on Sunday night and despite having my SB-600 and umbrella on stand blown down by the wind, the photos still turned out great and Alan was very happy with […]

2011 proved to be a banner year in terms of the sheer number of photos I’ve taken and how I feel I’ve grown as a photographer. I shot a variety of different subjects, helped mentor and advise a great group of photographers, and helped NWMotiv establish itself as a major media player in the local automotive scene. Rather than bore […]

XDC (Xtreme Drift Circuit) is the latest national drift series to make a stop in the Northwest, and I was happy to cover it for NWMotiv.com. Speeds were much slower than Formula D thanks to the smaller kart track, so trying to get good slower-shutter pans was much more challenging. The photos still came out great though, and I’m glad […]

Formula D Seattle is undoubtedly my most favorite event to photograph every year. In previous years, I shot the event for Subiesport Magazine and Driving Sports, however this was the first year I shot the event for NWMotiv.com. Due to scheduling issues with another event I was going to on Saturday, I was only able to shoot Friday’s practice and […]

It’s been a pretty busy summer for me, so I apologize for the lack of updates. NWMotiv and all the various car events have been taking the vast majority of my time these days, so I figured I’d encompass what I’ve done so far in a single post.  Each of the following NWMotiv features have photos that I’ve taken, so […]

First off, a big congratulations to Erica for making into the 2012 SubieGirls.com Calendar! I took these photos a few weeks ago, but Erica didn’t want me to publish them until the competition was over. Based on the number of forum posts she had on their forum, Erica was able to submit 2 photos and then the top 12 winners […]

Since I started using my Nikon D700 last November, I hadn’t really changed my line-up of lenses.  My Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D and Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D felt right at home with the new full frame sensor, and the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G satisfied my everyday walk around lens requirement, but none of these lenses really offered anything new to me.  On top […]

Chris contacted me via NASIOC and hired me to take some photos of his car for this month’s Top Scoob Competition. We went out to the Sodo/Georgetown area to take some photos in a new location that Sasha and I scouted.  The lighting didn’t turn out as well as I would’ve liked, but I still think the photos came out […]

For my third year in a row, I spent a Saturday out of the year among my Subaru brethren at the West Coast Subaru Show.  This year, the show took place in Cashmere, Washington, just 10-15 minutes from both Leavanworth and Wenatchee.  Again I participated as one of the judges and also gave away a free photoshoot as part of […]

Following the NWMotiv International Automotive Showcase, I was fortunate enough to take some time to photograph Jeff’s STI, which turned out to be the Best of Show winner.  Jeff actually won a free giveaway photo session from me at last year’s West Coast Subaru Show, but thanks to the wonderous wait times of JDM parts, we were only able to […]

I spent some time tonight to add 5 new poster prints to Smugmug, each available for purchase at $70 + shipping!  Just click on each photo and click “Buy” at the top right corner. Be sure to also pick 20×30 inches for the size: If anyone has any suggestions for poster prints from past photos I’ve taken, please don’t hesitate […]

Formula D is one of the events I’ve always looked forward to as a photographer every year. I’ve been photographing Formula D since its inaugural event in the Pacific Northwest back in 2006, and it definitely seems to get better and better each year. There was absolutely zero rain this year and while it was definitely hot, it wasn’t quite […]

Make no mistake: I love the E46 M3.  What I didn’t love however, was the maintenance costs associated with owning a used M3 outside of warranty.  These costs eventually started to catch up with me, so I decided to start looking into new cars as a replacement. As I’ve grown older, having absolute power and street superiority were no longer […]

It’s kind of ironic that today’s the first day of Spring, but this was really the only time we both had time to take some snaps of his winter setup. The area we shot in didn’t have very smooth road and it got dark a lot faster than I expected, but I think the shots still came out okay.  Here […]

With over 600 miles and a couple weeks to let the springs settle, I met up with our tester to take final photos of his 09 WRX with EPIC Engineering springs to show off the drop after the springs have fully settled.  Everything looks great and he’s very happy!  We hope to start selling them very soon.  Here is another […]

My work with Dan and EPIC Engineering continues, now in a more formal marketing role.  Along with just taking photos, I’m also more involved in the R&D process and marketing the brand and products on various media, including online forums like NASIOC.  Above is the latest set of lowering springs that we’re testing for the 09+ WRX.  Special thanks to […]

I look back at 2009 with mixed feelings.  Certainly some things went my way, but other things really didn’t.  Nevertheless, I’m happy to see 2010 arrive and simply hope for the best.  In looking back at 2009, I decided to post up my favorite photos of 2009, choosing one photo from each month.  Voila: January

The nice guys at Fine Line Imports flew me down to Santa Rosa, CA last Saturday to take some snaps of their own and customer cars.   I can only post a few here since we’re trying for publication, but here’s a few to share. Ryan, Miles, and Steve really do some top-notch work. They really know their stuff and […]

A Tweet that I made yesterday seemed to have some people concerned, or at least confused or curious as to what’s going on. Thus, here is the explanation 🙂 As I mentioned in my blog about turning “The Dirty Thirty,” one of the biggest concerns I have as I “grow up” is paying down debts, so that I can buy […]

On September 1, 2004, a car show club was started at The Ram in University Village. Born out of the ashes of Team Intrinsic, this car club’s sole purpose was to have a good, familiar group of friends that loved to show off their cars at car shows in an organized team. Founding members Armin H. Ausejo, Wence Estrada, Emily […]

In its fourth year coming to the greater Seattle area, Formula D returned stronger and more exciting than ever this past Saturday, August 8th. I’ve been covering Formula D for Subiesport/DrivingSports each year it’s come to Seattle, and I honestly do believe it gets better and better every year. In past years, I’ve endured scorching heat (100+ temps on the […]

Last Saturday, Erich, Jess, and I traveled 2 – 2 1/2 hours east on I-90 to shoot his car for an upcoming publication. The original areas we had in mind to shoot turned out to be extremely busy, thanks in part to the 90-100 degree temperatures that were predicted. However, after driving along for a bit, we found a scenic […]

I’m quite proud of this one 🙂  My cousin Wence’s 02 WRX has been published on TunerZine.com!  Click the photo or click here to check it out!

This was our second year participating in this great charity show for Habitat for Humanity. I was quite happy to see my team, Project One, take home the Best Team Quality award. Our individual members took home awards as well, including trophies in the 2-door, 4-door, and 5-door classes, as well as the award for Best Wheels. Congrats to all […]

One quick pic…I’ve been helping Dan at EPIC Engineering out with testing springs for the 08-09 STI, and I took a quick snap of how it’s looking with the latest prototype rear springs and bumpstops installed.  The car’s actually very dirty, but it didn’t come out in the photo 🙂  I added a little graduated ND filter for some emphasis […]

My cousin Wence finally got his Advan TC-IIs on, so it was time for a quick shoot. These will eventually make it to TunerZine when I get a chance to take a few more photos. Special thanks to Kate for scoping out the location. This was my first time really experimenting with my SB-600 off camera + Lightsphere for automotive […]