Ontario Muscle Contest Winner

In October I teamed up with Ontario Muscle to have a contest with the winner receiving a free photo shoot with me. There were a tonne of great entries, so many deserving people entered. Steven & Rachel Hughes of Fierce Within won this years contest. Steven excused himself from the shoot as he's well into his bulking season and a cut down at this point would throw off his off season. Rachel was just at the apex of her prep and can in lean and muscular.

Thanks to Ontario Muscle for promoting the hell out of the contest. They are a great platform for fitness and bodybuilding competitors and enthusiasts in the province.

Thanks to Ontario Muscle for promoting this contest.

Thanks to Ontario Muscle for promoting this contest.

Showing off the abs

Strength and flexibility

Bi's, Tri's, Quads and Hams

- Mark Ruddick Photography is a full service London, Ontario photographer who specializes in fitness, bodybuilding and fight photography

- Ontario Muscle is a clearing house for all things bodybuilding and fitness in Ontario. In a short time it has become a provincial hub for the fitness industry

- Fierce Within specializes in maintainable physical transformations that reflect your emotional transformations along your journey. 

Fitness Shoot with Paul and Brittany

I did a fitness shoot with Paul Teixeria and Brittany Tavares the other week. We met up at Showtyme Fitness in London, ON for the shoot. Showtyme is always a great host for these shoots. I've shot there maybe a dozen times in the last couple of years. Paul is also the US Sales Manager for Nutrabolics.

Paul and Brittany came in fantastic shape for the shoot. There was lots of positive energy and they really worked at their poses as I worked to engage their muscles for the shoot. Overall we got some killer pictures. A week later we did a second session to get some more pictures just before the off season.

Paul and Brittany posing together

Paul getting his pump on

Staring down the competition

Paul, just jacked to hell

Showing off the guns

Lifting and flexing

- Mark Ruddick Photography is a full service London, Ontario photographer who specializes in fitness, bodybuilding and fight photography

Athletic Nudes with Curt

Curt who hails from Saskatoon contact me about shooting this series. I mentioned I was a long way away but he wanted to do it, so we set it up. Curt flew overnight from Saskatoon to Calgary and to London, arriving very early in the morning. We shot and he was back on a plane that afternoon. Curt is a national level bodybuilding competitor. It is incredibly humbling not only to be trusted with taking these images but also the lengths the model went to, to make it happen. I'm very happy with the images we made and here's a sampling.

Showing off the tattoos

A strong core and base

Showing great flexibility

The Athletic Nudes series is an exploration of the human body under muscle stress— understanding the body’s strength, flexibility, and power. Clean backgrounds, hard lighting, and black & white photography work together to eliminate distractions and highlight the muscle groups and figure of my subjects.

Beginning with Mixed Martial Artists and Boxers, I have developed my technique to capture rapidly firing muscle groups at high speed in front of the lens. The resulting instinct for timing fight photography has lead to an ability to freeze my subjects at the peak of their motion. Discovering a better understanding of the human form with this project has transitioned into my commercial fitness work, maximizing composition and positioning to best showcase the human form.

Fight Pictures - Lee Baxter Promotions

Saturday night was fight night in Brampton with Lee Baxter Promotions. Sam Vargas was defending his NABA-WBA Welterweight belt against Finland's Jussi Koivula.

Championship Fight - Vargas vs. Koivula

The Undercard

- Mark Ruddick Photography is a full service London, Ontario photographer who specializes in fitness, bodybuilding and fight photography

- Lee Baxter Promotions is more than just a professional boxing promotional company. Founded in 2012, LBP was created to oversee all aspects of a professional boxer's career. Committed to developing its fighters, mapping out their roads to success, negotiating contracts, ensuring their health, creating marketing and endorsement opportunities, giving financial advice and preparing clients for their careers after boxing. Lee Baxter Promotions recruits, develops and guides elite fighters to the next level where they need to be while working with the athletes to achieve the best results for their boxing careers.

Athletic Nudes with Matt

Matt has been in studio a few times now, once as a guest of someone shooting fitness, once for a fitness shoot of his own right after competition and once for my athletic nude series. Matt was about 3 weeks out of competition with he came in for this shoot so his conditioning was still really good. Matt is working on teaching yoga so we made this the focus of the shoot. Matt came in stretched and got ready while I set up the lighting scheme. Once we were ready he hit about 20 poses, dead on and fast. Shooting only lasted 20 minutes but we go some great images.

Crow position

Balance and flexibility

Reach

Head stand

- Mark Ruddick Photography is a full service London, Ontario photographer who specializes in fitness, bodybuilding and fight photography