The Athletic Nude Project

August 2015 - September 2019

Thank you,

As the Athletic Nude project ends I want to acknowledge all of the participants. Thank you so much for trusting me with your image and collaborating on this photo series.

I will still occasionally create images in this style, but on commission only. It has been a great time making all of these images and I have memories to last a lifetime.

It just seemed like the right time to wrap the project up. It started in a boxing ring years ago and the sat on the shelf for many, many months until I picked it up again. Sometimes I shot many athletes in a month or in a week and other times it was months in between shoots. I’ve had athletes come from as far as Saskatchewan and Alabama for the project. I remember each shoot and each one was a little different. I’m proud of the work and am looking for a gallery opportunity to show it off in a print format.

Below are images from each of the shoots I have done.

The Athletic Implied 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.


Fitness Shoot with Nicole

I got a last minute call to do a fitness shoot at Showtyme Fitness with fitness competitor Nicole. She has a real good physique and we got some really nice images.

Triceps pulldown

The competition

I love how the deadlifts bring out the hamstrings

- Mark Ruddick Photography - My images are an exploration of the human body under muscle stress — understanding the body’s strength, flexibility, and power. Creating these images has given me a better understanding of the human form which has transitioned into my commercial fitness work. 

I am a London, Ontario photographer who specializes in fitness, bodybuilding and fight photography.

I love to tell stories as anyone who's worked with me can attest. That includes visual stories through photographs. Let me tell your story and provide high impact images of you to sponsors, agencies, family or just for yourself.


Athletic Nudes with Karen

Karen came all the way from Alabama to work with me on the Athletic Nude project. Obviously in great shape Karen had a bunch of really good athletic poses.

Great flexible posing

Look at the hamstring drop

Carved out Abs

Making shapes on the floor

More shapes

Bodyscape of her abs

- The Athletic Implied 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.

Prospect Fighting Champions - Sept 28

Prospect Fighting Championships’ next event is September 28th at the Western Fair Agriplex. PFC is teaming up with Knock Out Kidney Disease a charity that had raised millions for research and treatment. The event is a pro mixed martial arts show. I did the principal photography for the poster which were designed by David Motta.

I’ll be at the event photographing the fights.

The event features the return of Jesse “the Ghost” Gross, TJ Laramie, Tony Laramie and many London, ON fighters.

Primary photography for the poster

The return of Jesse “the ghost” Gross

- Mark Ruddick Photography - My images are an exploration of the human body under muscle stress — understanding the body’s strength, flexibility, and power. Creating these images has given me a better understanding of the human form which has transitioned into my commercial fitness work. 

I am a London, Ontario photographer who specializes in fitness, bodybuilding and fight photography.

I love to tell stories as anyone who's worked with me can attest. That includes visual stories through photographs. Let me tell your story and provide high impact images of you to sponsors, agencies, family or just for yourself.


Fitness with Rohan

Rohan from ReFromFitness came down after his last show to work with me. This guys is an inspiration to all of us IT guys out there. He placed first in the Masters Men’s Physique at his show. We split the session between Showtyme Fitness and my studio.

Super Hero Pose

IT professional and fitness competitor Rohan Miller

Using the lights to highlight his physique

- Mark Ruddick Photography - My images are an exploration of the human body under muscle stress — understanding the body’s strength, flexibility, and power. Creating these images has given me a better understanding of the human form which has transitioned into my commercial fitness work. 

I am a London, Ontario photographer who specializes in fitness, bodybuilding and fight photography.

I love to tell stories as anyone who's worked with me can attest. That includes visual stories through photographs. Let me tell your story and provide high impact images of you to sponsors, agencies, family or just for yourself.

Fitness Photoshoot with Natalee

I had a great time shooting with Natalee at the studio and gym. She was in great shape and posed really well. There were 100’s of good pictures from the shoot and I think we are planning on shooting again soon.

Great core strength in the gym.

Showing off her abs from the front.

Great pose.

Simple pose in studio.

End of the shoot.

- Mark Ruddick Photography - My images are an exploration of the human body under muscle stress — understanding the body’s strength, flexibility, and power. Creating these images has given me a better understanding of the human form which has transitioned into my commercial fitness work. 

I am a London, Ontario photographer who specializes in fitness, bodybuilding and fight photography.

I love to tell stories as anyone who's worked with me can attest. That includes visual stories through photographs. Let me tell your story and provide high impact images of you to sponsors, agencies, family or just for yourself.



New Edge Lighting Pictures (NSFW)

I’ve continued to work on my fine art bodyscape images using a single light source. Each session I’m working on new ideas, some good, some not so good. I’ve added in some work using my 150-500 mm lens to shoot closeups when remaining back from the subject a bit. I am going to continue refining my technique in the area.

Neck, shoulder & arm

Abdominal bodyscape

Navel gazing

A variety of shapes and angles

A little oil and water to add depth to the skin.

- The Athletic Implied 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.

Fitness Shoot with Denise and Jim

I had Denise and Jim in at Showtyme Fitness last month. Great couple, super nice, hard working. They have spent the last few years getting into great shape. It’s a really inspirational story. We did both couple and solo work. The client had the following to say about our session.

Mark was fantastic! He came highly recommended by people in the fitness industry for the photographer to have for your photo shoot. Mark was super helpful in answering any of my questions, suggesting poses for pictures, and overall knowledge of what angle would look best to get that perfect shot. He was super friendly, engaging and made you feel totally comfortable during the whole session. I love how he plays with lighting and angles to just change your pose ever so slightly, which makes for a crazy shot in the end. I highly recommend Mark.

Jim showing off his strength.

Great pose and intensity

Nice posed picture in the gym

- Mark Ruddick Photography - My images are an exploration of the human body under muscle stress — understanding the body’s strength, flexibility, and power. Creating these images has given me a better understanding of the human form which has transitioned into my commercial fitness work. 

I am a London, Ontario photographer who specializes in fitness, bodybuilding and fight photography.

I love to tell stories as anyone who's worked with me can attest. That includes visual stories through photographs. Let me tell your story and provide high impact images of you to sponsors, agencies, family or just for yourself.

Boxing Show at Warriors Boxing and Fitness

Saturday night we had another amateur boxing show at Warriors Boxing and Fitness, sanctioned by Boxing Ontario. 12 good bouts including my 600 fight photographed. It was a good night. Main event fighter Leo Kamara won his fight against a skilled opponent. I was feel nostalgic and the lighting wasn’t great so I decided to go with a black and white treatment of the event.

- Mark Ruddick Photography - My images are an exploration of the human body under muscle stress — understanding the body’s strength, flexibility, and power. Creating these images has given me a better understanding of the human form which has transitioned into my commercial fitness work. 

I am a London, Ontario photographer who specializes in fitness, bodybuilding and fight photography.

I love to tell stories as anyone who's worked with me can attest. That includes visual stories through photographs. Let me tell your story and provide high impact images of you to sponsors, agencies, family or just for yourself.


Fitness Photoshoto with Demelo Fitness and Jenna

I was working again with Josh DeMelo of DeMelo Fitness and one of his clients, Jenna. Great client, great attitude and great physique, there’s nothing more than you can ask for. Here are just a few of the images we made that day.

Showing off her core.

Standard pose for showing off the back muscles.

Mirror images are always fun.

Beautiful Bicep

- Mark Ruddick Photography - My images are an exploration of the human body under muscle stress — understanding the body’s strength, flexibility, and power. Creating these images has given me a better understanding of the human form which has transitioned into my commercial fitness work. 

I am a London, Ontario photographer who specializes in fitness, bodybuilding and fight photography.

I love to tell stories as anyone who's worked with me can attest. That includes visual stories through photographs. Let me tell your story and provide high impact images of you to sponsors, agencies, family or just for yourself.


Dance Shoot with Brendan

I had the opportunity to work with dancer, instructor and choreographer Brendan De Santis in the studio. Brendan has a non-stop motor which I proceeded to abuse by asking him to jump continuously for 2 hours. That said we got some great pictures and I’m really happy with how the images turned out. We’re already planing our next shoot together.

Simple jumps make for great images

Playing with colour andmist

Male dancers can deliver the power moves

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Jumping into the ceiling

Brendan giving us a very fierce look.

- London Dance Photo - I am Mark Ruddick, an experienced photographer working in London, ON. I enjoy photographing dancers and really appreciate the athleticism and artistry involved. Coming from a fight photography background, I have developed my technique to capture rapidly moving subjects at high speed in front of the lens. The resulting instinct for timing fight photography has lead to an ability to capture my subjects at the peak of their motion in an artistic way.

Let me capture the photos that move you.

- Brendan De Santis, is an accomplished dancer and award-winning choreographer, and the Associate Artistic Competitive Director at the O’Neill Academy of Dance. 

Brendan has been performing and competing nationally and internationally since 2003 under the direction of Kim O'Neill and has established himself as a professional dancer, adjudicator and choreographer. Brendan has studied various genres of dance, which include, Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Partnering.  He was also trained in vocal and professional recording under the director of Kevin Gorman; KG Productions. Brendan attended St Mary Choir and Orchestra Program and Catholic Central High School’s Music Program where he continued to train in both dance and vocal. 

Branding Photos with London Muay Thai

I photographed some branding images for London Muay Thai. I didn’t have to go far as they are located in the same space as my studio. We did photos for their social media. I photographed an all level class and then we played around with some non-standard moves. Always a good time with Kru Benny. Below are some samples of the images we made.

If you’d like me to come to your gym and shoot pictures of a class, practice or sparring contact me to arrange it.

Nak Muay warming up with skipping

Then we smash pads

Benny & Darren

Participants pair off for 4 rounds of pad work each

Then we played

Jessie showing off his acrobatics

Matt showing off his aggressive kicks

Flipping of the heavy bag

- Mark Ruddick Photography - My images are an exploration of the human body under muscle stress — understanding the body’s strength, flexibility, and power. Creating these images has given me a better understanding of the human form which has transitioned into my commercial fitness work. 

I am a London, Ontario photographer who specializes in fitness, bodybuilding and fight photography.

I love to tell stories as anyone who's worked with me can attest. That includes visual stories through photographs. Let me tell your story and provide high impact images of you to sponsors, agencies, family or just for yourself.



London Dance Photo - Video

Wendy put together this little slideshow for me and my dance photography.

Some of the dance photography I've done under London Dance Photo. www.londondancephoto.com

- London Dance Photo - I am Mark Ruddick, an experienced photographer working in London, ON. I enjoy photographing dancers and really appreciate the athleticism and artistry involved. Coming from a fight photography background, I have developed my technique to capture rapidly moving subjects at high speed in front of the lens. The resulting instinct for timing fight photography has lead to an ability to capture my subjects at the peak of their motion in an artistic way.

Let me capture the photos that move you.

Random Images - Older Shoot / Recent Edits

I ended up getting asked for some additional edits on some shoots from earlier this year. Below are a few samples of the pictures. A random assortment of images.

Pointe Tango - Best in Show at Toronto Fringe

Multiple exposure image with Jiu Jitsu, athletic nude participant Rachel warming up.

Masters Figure Competitor Mindy

Dancer Sam Sendas

- Mark Ruddick Photography - My images are an exploration of the human body under muscle stress — understanding the body’s strength, flexibility, and power. Creating these images has given me a better understanding of the human form which has transitioned into my commercial fitness work. 

I am a London, Ontario photographer who specializes in fitness, bodybuilding and fight photography.

I love to tell stories as anyone who's worked with me can attest. That includes visual stories through photographs. Let me tell your story and provide high impact images of you to sponsors, agencies, family or just for yourself.

- London Dance Photo - I am Mark Ruddick, an experienced photographer working in London, ON. I enjoy photographing dancers and really appreciate the athleticism and artistry involved. Coming from a fight photography background, I have developed my technique to capture rapidly moving subjects at high speed in front of the lens. The resulting instinct for timing fight photography has lead to an ability to capture my subjects at the peak of their motion in an artistic way.

Let me capture the photos that move you.

- The Athletic Implied 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.


Edge Lighting with Brooklynn

I did an edge lighting session with Brooklynn a while back. The results turned out really well, she’s a great model. Here are a couple of samples of what we got that day.

Edge lighting the body.

Soft transition from glutes to hips

Great hamstring line

- The Athletic Implied 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.