Most of the time, a car reflects its owner's lifestyle—vans for large families, sports cars for thrill seekers, and hybrids for the eco-conscious. Photographer Ryan Schude explores these connections in Them & Theirs, a portrait series that “blends documentary and staged approaches” to reveal links between vehicles and their owners. Using both acquaintances and spontaneous strangers, Schude gains inspiration from his subjects to create elaborate sets around Southern California at which he stages his shoots. Schude talks to The Daily Beast about the vintage cars he found—from Volkswagens to Porsches—and the personal meaning and connection they have with their owners.
Here, "Adi Goodrich is a production designer, and we wanted to utilize a prop that might be relevant speaking about that. Her car was heavily involved in her carrying materials around for work, so my idea was to have this fabric spilling out all over the place. Many of the images have a color accent that runs throughout. This one obviously was red so we found an outfit and location that worked both with the reds and blues."