What is flying bye Photo?
My name is Austin Bradshaw, I'm 17 years old, and I'm the owner of Flying Bye Photo. I capture various forms of motorsports photography and video here in the Pacific Northwest, most commonly at Portland International Raceway here in Oregon. You'll notice throughout the site that my images focus on creativity and speed showing cars from angles commonly not seen at the track.
I started Flying Bye Photo at the age of 12, in March of 2012. After driving karts for 2 years, I realized that if I was able to earn some money, I would be able to better support my wants in racing. I used my mom's $40 Sony point and shoot camera, and began taking pictures of cars on track rather then just in the paddock. I then bought a much nicer Nikon point and shoot, and began marketing my company and my images, and the rest is history.
Being 12 at the time, I definitely had to earn respect among the drivers to build a good reputation and show people that I have the ability to take quality images. As time has progressed I have been able to become more known among drivers and workers, and began to build some really great friendships. As of now, I feel I have established myself as one of the more unique photographers in the regional area, supporting many customers and friends at the track.
Going back multiple generations.
It all started with my father, Danny Bradshaw, who grew up at the track just like I have, hanging with and helping his father, or Grandpa John Bradshaw to me. My dad raced laydown karts in the late 80's and began racing sports cars in the early 90's driving the same car to this day, his '79 Mazda RX7.
As I was born in March of 2000, I visited PIR for the first time at the age of 3 months as my dad drove Rose Cup that same year in June. I don't know anything better then loud engines, potent environment unfriendly smells, and burnt rubber. My dad would take me to as many races possible all through my childhood. I sat in many cars during my young years, and I have a picture for just about every one of them. As I got older, I picked up my moms point and shoot camera and would constantly beg someone to walk through the pits with me, so I would be able to take pictures of my favorite cars. I did it for hours on many race weekends, often taking photos of cars and drivers that I shoot photos of today. It was an love that started three generations ago, as my Grandpa loved taking photos of cars, and then my dad who would shoot Indy and IMSA weekends with his Minolta SLR, and now it has passed down onto me. Racing and photography is something our family enjoys and I'm honored to continue that tradition.
Funding my racing career.
My business has continually funded and supported keeping me on track. Without Flying Bye Photo, I would not be able to have the opportunity to race cars and karts and improve my craft behind the wheel. I have been driving karts since 2010, and officially received my SCCA race license last year . The funds I produce go directly into my own personal racing career, allowing me to enjoy the sport I love myself inside the car and not just from behind the camera.
They say a pictures means a thousand words and I feel this video summarizes my love for our sport.