London Dance Photo

I decided to open a new website www.LondonDancePhoto.com and Instagram account @LondonDancePhoto to showcase my dance photography work. I am looking to expand my business into the dance photography market.

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.

I am in the process of building my portfolio and am interested in collaborating with dancers of all type.

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

- LondonDancePhoto is a full service London, Ontario photo studio specializing in dance and performance photography

Athletic Nudes with Alora Griffiths

Alora Griffiths, is a lifelong athlete starting out in competitive hockey, then cross-fit and now power lifting. She can squat 400lbs and dead lift 400lbs placing her top 10 in her weight class. She came into the studio in December to shoot my athletic nude series. Her warmups are most people's personal bests. We lifted "light" that day, just enough weight to bring out the muscles. Alora was a lot of fun to hang out with and constantly amazed with her strength.

Picking up the dumbbell for a row.

Incredible strength from the feet up

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

- 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.

- Alora Griffiths has been powerlifting for 4 years. She is ranked 10th in the world for the 132lb / Female / Raw with Wraps.

407lb Back Squat
207lb Bench Press
430lb Deadlift
Wilks 540

Athletic Nudes with Lucie

Lucie was the perfect mix of muscle and grace. She was my last photo shoot of 2017. She is an interesting mix of dancer and power lifter. We made a lot of great images but Lucie really excelled at making interesting shapes / poses on the floor.  She had a strong, grounded connection with the floor that allowed her to show off, strength, balance and flexibility. It was a perfect way to end the year.

Beautiful lines and muscle

Showing off core strength

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

- 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.

Poster Design for PFC 8

Jamie Champion has promoted a lot of combat sports shows in London, Ontario over the past few years. I've photographed 8 of them and have designed posters for 5 now. I love working with Jamie, real decent guy. 

Here's the latest poster design for the Prospect Fighting Championship show coming up on February 16th.

kickboxing-poster.jpg

Fitness Photo Shoot with IFBB Pro Amanda Smith

IFBB Pro Amanda Smith came into the studio last month. Amanda was 10 days out from her pro debut. Amanda had really nice size and symmetry. We captured some powerful images in a short time.

Female bodybuilder flexes her back.

Abs and arms

95 pound arm curl flexing the shoulders and arms

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

Athletic Nudes with Carina (NSFW)

Carina contacted me in October about shooting my athletic nude series and we set it up for the end of November. Carina and her husband Mike were a lot of fun to shoot with and we had a lot of laughs that evening. We got some good images that night.

Hard directional light to provide highlights and shadows.

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

- 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.

Cronk Lifestyle

Last night I shot for Cronk Lifestyle, a fitness / fitness lifestyle apparel company out of London, Ontario. I've know the owner Jesse Cronk for year, back when he was boxing out of Boomerz Boxing, we've worked together several times. (here and here and on his Cronk website) Jesse needed so extra social media content for his brand.

We had a last minute change of models due to the weather and Tori stepped up huge for us showing up hair and makeup ready in 30 minutes. She saved the day.

Special thanks to Dave Hale for driving down from Hamilton to assist with the shoot. You can check out Dave's work here

Sneak peek at the first edit.

Jesse and Tori with Olympic bar dressed in Cronk clothing.

Kombat Fight League

Friday night fights in Sarnia! Kombat Fight League's inaugural event in Sarnia last Friday night at the Station Music Hall. An exciting night of fights with plenty of hard hitting action. The lighting was not optimal with just minimal house lights. (To my photographer friends, I was at ISO 6400)

Cody Chovancek won the 155 Title in a very contested fight with London fighter Matt Cooper.

Amro Al Falatini won the 145 Title with a devastating knock out over tough fighter Justin Ritchie.

It was a good night of fights and I'm looking forward to the next show.

Marco De Melo with a well timed KO kick.

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