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Edge Lighting with Sara (NSFW)

Sara a trainer at Topp Performance, in Port Elgin came down to shoot with me last week. I’ve shot fitness and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu before with Sara. Sara is a great place with her physique right now, powerful, muscular and nice and full. We decided to do some edge light photos during our session and they turned out really good.

Beautiful light across her back

Bodyscape of the core.

A little more abstract

Sweep of the upper leg

A sliver of light in the darkness

- 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 Simon

I had the chance to work with former fighter and current model Simon Marini a couple of weeks ago. He was a cool guy and had lots of stories to tell during the shoot. He has a great athletic frame and hit the poses really well.

Simon with the flying knee

Warrior

Front kick

- 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.

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 Gregory and Christina

I put out a call for interested parties in September for my athletic nude series. Gregory and Christina answered the call for right after their respective fitness competitions. They had some great dynamic poses and I really enjoyed working with them both.

Classic bodybuilding is such a great category.

Great lines from lats to quads.

Christina had great flexibility and strength

We did a couple of images together.

- 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 Malcolm

Malcolm, a personal trainer, came down to the studio to shoot my athletic nude series. He was in great shape, nice and cut but still with lots of energy to engage the muscles for the shoot.

- 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.

Boxer Leo Kamara

I went to Warriors Boxing and Fitness last night to drop off some prints and decided to make some images while I was there. Amateur boxer Leo Kamara was there. I've met him before and he's always working hard whenever I'm at the gym. I asked him if he wanted to take a couple of pictures.

I shot about 15 frames from various angles etc. I liked one pose in particular and we did 2 variations on it. I think they turned out very well.

Lighting was done with a soft box in behind and a 7' parabolic in front. F7.1 / 1/200th / ISO 100

Leo stretching during training.

Leo, ready for his fight this weekend

Alternate pose

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

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

Great arm and shoulder flexibility

Hamstring stretch

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

Athletic Nudes with Dancer Kaitlin

Dancer / model Kaitlin Chapple came into the studio to shoot my athletic nude series with me. Dance is an extremely athletic activity and ballet is a so beautiful to photograph. Kaitlin hit all of her poses with grace and power. It is always great to work with such an accomplished model.

She had an incredible range of motion. 

We worked on dynamic poses with a lot of tension. 

Strength, balance and flexibility

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

Athletic Nudes with Tyler (NSFW)

Amateur mixed martial artist Tyler came into studio for my athletic nude series. He had a wide variety or strikes and his kicks were particularly good for photographing. We didn't shoot a tonne of pictures as my timing was good that night and Tyler was deadly accurate.

Tyler delivering a spinning back kick to the bag

Full extension on the high kick

Left hook to the chin

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

Athletic Nudes with Aaron - Full Set (NSFW)

I met Aaron initially at a fight he was participating in. I shot the poster, the weigh-ins and the fight. When I put out a call for more volunteers for the project he answered. He's a cool guy and we had a lot of fun working on this shoot. Like most athletes we got our best pictures when we got Aaron moving around and utilizing his muscle memory.

Kneeing the heavy bag

Shadow boxing

Athletic Nudes with Jeff - Full Set (NSFW)

Here's the complete set from my session with Jeff. He came in with a great physique and a great attitude. I'm really happy with the way the images turned out, even with the challenge of his height. Jeff vascularity really stood out.

Showing off the back and arm

Killing a 135 arm curl

Dead lift to show off quads and glutes

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

Athletic Nudes with Aaron

I met Aaron initially at a fight he was participating in. I shot the poster, the weigh-ins and the fight. When I put out a call for more volunteers for the project he answered. He's a cool guy and we had a lot of fun working on this shoot. Below are some teaser images.

High kicks on the heavybag

Aaron delivers the flying knee, high and accurate

We did shoot a few static posed images to really show off the hard work done at the gym

The poster from the fight I photographed Aaron at

Athletic Nudes - Slideshow (NSFW)

My work in Athletic Nudes was selected to be displayed at the Slideluck London ON dinner and presentation on August 17th. It was a great event and I got to see a lot of cool art that's very different from mine.

I was one of two London, ON artists featured that night. Below is the video of my slideshow presentation.

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

Athletic Nudes with Jeff

Here's a couple of images from last night's athletic nude session with Jeff.  Jeff cut down a little for the shoot but mostly walks around looking like this.

We went with a simple 3 light setup to highlight the different muscle groups. Two gridded softboxes in the back and a beauty dish out front. If I had it to do over again I might have used the 7' parabolic on the front as the model is 6'3" and the fall off from the beauty dish is more severe. I'm very happy with the images and I'll have more edited in a couple of weeks.

Muscles under load provide great pictures.

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.