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Ontario Muscle Contest Winner Nadia

Last Fall Ontario Muscle and Mark Ruddick Photography ran a free photo shoot contest. Our winner was Nadia (@ironcurlsandcurlingirons) We held on to the images for a submission and can now release them.

Nadia was great to work with and is in year-round top shape.

Photo assistant: Clayton Durell
Makeup: Melissa O Makeup

Posing in heels

Great hair in this image

Flexing top to bottom

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

Fitness Session with Rob

As soon as Rob walked in I was a little surprised. Physique guys are supposed to be that big and they aren’t supposed to have well developed legs. That’s the category at the national level now. Rob got second place at the Canadian National Pro Qualifier in Masters Physique. He looks like he’d be ready to step on stage in the classic bodybuilding category. All that aside Rob was a great guy to photograph, super hard working and friendly. Thanks to Showtyme Fitness for hosting the photo shoot. Here’s a few images from our shoot.

Rob is coached by Elite Physiques.

Getting a pump on.

Showing off the core.

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

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 Curt - The Rest of the Set (NSFW)

Curt who hails from Saskatoon contact me about shooting this series. I mentioned I was a long way away but he wanted to do it, so we set it up. Curt flew overnight from Saskatoon to Calgary and to London, arriving very early in the morning. We shot and he was back on a plane that afternoon. Curt is a national level bodybuilding competitor. It is incredibly humbling not only to be trusted with taking these images but also the lengths the model went to, to make it happen. I'm very happy with the images we made and here's a the rest of the set.

Putting muscle under load for maximum definition

- 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.

Fitness Photo Shoot with Classic Bodybuilder Mike

The stereotype is bodybuilders are dumb jocks. In my experience it couldn't be further from the truth. Most of the fitness people I have met and worked with have been smart, kind and thoughtful. Mike is a perfect example of this, he's in his Doctorate of chiropractic program and genuinely a nice guy and has a great physique to work with. I hear a lot of photographers talk about drama with their clients and models. I feel so lucky there's none of that working with fitness people and fighters. 

Mike came down to Showtyme fitness, a great hardcore private gym in London, ON for some gym pictures. It was the day after competition for Mike, who took home first place in his class, so we kept the weights low, shot slow and steady and had a couple of meal breaks. Mike hit the poses hard and had a real appreciation of where body building came from. When planning the session one of the guiding principles was "Think Frank Zane rather than Phil Health"

Mike had this to say about the shoot "Absolutely amazing photos and great man who takes pride in all aspects of his work. Definitely recommend to anyone who wants a photographer who will take the time to make them the best version of them self."

Mike doing some mirror poses at Showtyme fitness.

Mike doing some mirror poses at Showtyme fitness.

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

Fitness Photo Shoot with Chantal

Chantal, a week off her win at the OPA Provincial Championships, came into studio with me. We split the difference and met in Mississauga at Peter House Studios.

Chantal was great to work with and had an amazing physique. I definitely recommend working with her. We got a few looks in during our shoot and we plan on shooting again closer to the CFBB National competition.

Fitness model and Figure Competitor Chantal.

Fitness model and Figure Competitor Chantal.

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

Athletic Nudes with Michelle

Last year Michelle came into studio to photograph my Athletic Nude series. She was just off competition from the Ontario Physique Association. She was still lean and ripped from competition as you can see below. We had a lot of fun with this photo shoot and got some great images. She even got my hanging off the ladder shooting down for the push-up images.

Photoshoot with Flynn Fitness

I recent did a photoshoot with Andrew Flynn of Flynn Fitness. We did the photoshoot at Flexplex Canada, which is an awesome gym and very welcoming. Andrew had been holding peak competition shape for the 3rd week by the time we shot. It takes an incredible amount for focus and discipline to hold that for a couple of days, 3 weeks is insane. Obviously he came in, in great shape. Andrew is an extremely personable guy to work with and we got photos we're both proud of. Check out his Instagram account for the latest updates.

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

Contest Winner - John & Ontario Muscle

In October I teamed up with Ontario Muscle to have a contest with the winner receiving a free photo shoot with me. There were a tonne of great entries, so many so that we ended up choosing 2 winners for the contest. John and Lori both won. John came into the studio recently after his 2nd place finish in the bodybuilding division at the OPA 2016 GNC Allmax London Championships. Lori will be shooting with us next spring.

John came in and killed it. His poses were great, he held flexes forever and was super tight and vascular, not to mention huge. He said he really wanted to work on his back and legs coming into the competition and those ended up strengths for him. John had great size and symmetry in his development and his back looks just like a Christmas tree. In addition to all of that, John was a great guy to hang out with, fun to be around but a strong, quiet, determination.

Thanks to Ontario Muscle for promoting the hell out of the contest. They are a great platform for fitness and bodybuilding competitors and enthusiasts in the province. I'm looking forward to shooting with Lori in the spring as well.

 - Ontario Muscle is a platform whose sole reason for being is to promote those on a fitness journey in Ontario. The focus of Ontario Muscle ranges from those exercising and changing their eating habits for the first time to those entering the most prestigious of fitness related events. All deserve encouragement and promotion for the hard work they do each and every day!

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

Preview from Last Weekend

Last Saturday I had a couple of people come into studio for fitness shoots. First up was Jeff of Ontario Muscle. Jeff has had a great transformation over the last couple of years and wanted to document his hard work.

Jeff has worked especially hard on getting his legs in great shape.

Next up was Carolyn. She an I have shot before. Last time it was all about the athletics, this time she wanted to show a softer side while still being strong. I think we accomplished that.

Showing off her work on the back muscles.

Couples Fitness

I really enjoy photographing the genre of couples fitness. It is really fun to see the two people work together and encourage each other. Two fitness models really bring a different energy to the shoot.

Mark Ruddick Photography is a Fitness and Fight photographer, located in London, Ontario and servicing from Detroit to Toronto.

Fitness Art with Tank Joey - Maybe NSFW

I'm working on a series of implied nudes of various athletes as a figure study. I'm not sure where it will end up but I'm hoping to shoot it for a few years at least. I had the opportunity to work with local athlete, artist and gym owner Tank Joey who was just finishing up a North American modelling tour. I'm extremely grateful to have worked with such an experienced model for this project and one with as rabid a following as he has. The images turned out great. I really appreciate every athlete who comes out to help with this project.

Below are a few of the images we captured and we'll probably do some limited edition prints of select ones.