artistic

Lighting Experiment with Caitlin (NSFW)

I wanted to practice some edge light bodyscapes and portraits. I brought a model to the studio to practice with, Caitlin. Caitlin is a life drawing model so she’s used to holding dynamic poses while I moved and modified the lights. She was fantastic to work with and came armed with a series of her own poses. The goal was to create some dramatic, black and white, nude images. I mostly use 1 or 2 unmodified speedlights for the shoot. I want to get a couple of modifiers and retry again with more practical knowledge.

Lit with a single speed light.

Female bodyscape

2 side light dramatic picture

Lighting the back and the leg.

In profile

Seated

- 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.

Athletic Nudes with Alishia (NSFW)

Fresh off you win at the OPA Natural Provincial Chapionships in the Tall Figure class, Alishia came into studio to do some fitness images with me as well as some athletic nudes. Her physique was outstanding, poses were dead on and she had a mega-watt smile. It's great working with someone so athletic because they really know how to pose in space and flex up in just the right way.

I've said it before and will again, it is always so humbling to have someone trust you with their image in this fashion.

An extremely difficult pose, requiring balance, strength and endurance to hold.

I loved the full body flex she achieved with this pose.

Beauty and Braun - Full Set (Not Safe For Work)

Earlier this year a couple of models came into studio for some figure study work. It ended up being a great collaboration so at the end of the shoot we decided to self-publish a small magazine of the shoot for fun.

Link to the publication: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/invited/6877027/5e6a5524b9b2bdbef44d262c3a3b00d54cd88f03

Male model: Tank Joey
Female model: Jaclyn Danielle
Photographer: Mark Ruddick
Assistant: Mel @digitalgeekgirl

Front cover of the magazine

Back cover of the magazine

Back cover of the magazine

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

Athletic Nudes with Ballerina Annelie (NSFW)

A dancer contacted me on Facebook about modeling for my athletic nude series. I had never photographed dance before but sometimes you just go for it. Annelie is a travelling ballerina with the Canada's Ballet Jorgen based in Toronto. She had just finished up a nation-wide tour and was heading back to Europe the next week. The photo shoot came together super quick and we only had a narrow window to work together at the studio due to her travel schedule. In the 90 minutes we did have, dozens of beautiful images were made. Her grace, power and athleticism were apparent in her warm up. She did insane stretches seemingly without effort. For me it was like photographing poetry. I would love to work with her again when she returns.

If there are any other dancers out there (male or female) that would like to participate in the project, please contact me.

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

Beauty and Braun (NSFW)

Earlier this year a couple of models came into studio for some figure study work. It ended up being a great collaboration so at the end of the shoot we decided to self-publish a small magazine of the shoot for fun.

Link to the publication: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/invited/6877027/5e6a5524b9b2bdbef44d262c3a3b00d54cd88f03

Male model: Tank Joey
Female model: Jaclyn Danielle
Photographer: Mark Ruddick
Assistant: Mel @digitalgeekgirl

The image below is the cover.

Athletic Figure Shoot with Angela

I had the opportunity to work with Angela Shen yesterday on my implied nude athletic series. Angela is a former track athlete and had some great poses. She worked really hard as some of the poses / movements were challenging. She is a great model and I am really please how these images turned out.

The images were shot on a black background, generally a 3 light setup with strong rim lighting. F11 / 1/200th / ISO 100.