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