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Pinup Shoot with April

International model April Hutchinson and I have been wanting to shoot again for a while and finally found the time. We did a couple of quick set, because when you work with a good model you only need a short time. Including her fight April and I have probably shot together 7 or 8 times now. Here are the edited images from the shoot.

Playing around with the new ceiling mount in the studio.

Getting dressed into bunker gear.

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

Photo Shoot with April - Teaser and BTS

International model April Hutchinson and I have been wanting to shoot again for a while and finally found the time last night. We did a couple of quick set, because when you work with a good model you only need a short time. Including her fight April and I have probably shot together 7 or 8 times now. Here’s a quick edit from last night and some behind the scenes pictures.

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

Fitness Photo Shoot with Kim

Kim came into the studio just after her fitness competition last November with the OPA (Ontario Physique Association) which is now the CPA (Canadian Physique Alliance) Kim was shredden, strong and focused. We have talked a lot beforehand to determine the types of images we wanted to create. We captured some really strong images.

Makeup: Melissa O Makeup
Hair: Jessica Marie

Ab check - yes they are there.

Great quad / ham separation

Showing off the core

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

Ontario Muscle Contest Winner

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 deserving people entered. Steven & Rachel Hughes of Fierce Within won this years contest. Steven excused himself from the shoot as he's well into his bulking season and a cut down at this point would throw off his off season. Rachel was just at the apex of her prep and can in lean and muscular.

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.

Thanks to Ontario Muscle for promoting this contest.

Thanks to Ontario Muscle for promoting this contest.

Showing off the abs

Strength and flexibility

Bi's, Tri's, Quads and Hams

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

- Ontario Muscle is a clearing house for all things bodybuilding and fitness in Ontario. In a short time it has become a provincial hub for the fitness industry

- Fierce Within specializes in maintainable physical transformations that reflect your emotional transformations along your journey. 

Top Down Shoot with Jaclyn (NSFW)

I wanted to try a different lighting scheme and camera perspective than I normally use. Jaclyn was kind enough to help me out with it even though the space and setup were restrictive to her movements. She worked really hard at posing with the constraints of the frame. She did a great job coming up with compelling poses.

I mounted the camera on a boom and shot straight down. For lighting I used two very large softboxes, gelled with red, horizontally oriented, cross lighting the model at camera left head and camera foot. Many thanks to Sean for helping me with the setup, including the heavy lifting.

Jaclyn and I went through the images and picked out some great images to edit

One of my favourites from the shoot.

We were testing the setup, notice the socks to keep the model warm.

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

Poolside with April

Internationally published model April Hutchinson and I decided to shoot in her pool last night. She of course killed it. We did a lot of natural light, but I did bring along a little flash to just make things pop. Speedlight and an 18" softbox helped light her up. Tonight was a lot about playing around with various styles, lighting, patterns, perspectives etc.

We're planing on submitting images from the session and working on our next photo shoot.

After getting some great images, she showed me some of her latest photos. As good a model she is, she's a better photographer. Her photography skills are so good and her bookshelf is littered with books than she's been published in.

April up on the pool, the blue water really made her eyes pop.

Patterns, shapes, colours and perspective

Strong colours, strong poses, strong images

I swear the wall was about to fall down

I swear the wall was about to fall down

Teaser Image from Shoot with Jaclyn

I wanted to try a different lighting scheme and camera perspective than I normally use. Jaclyn was kind enough to help me out with it even though the space and setup were restrictive to her movements.

I mounted the camera on a boom and shot straight down. For lighting I used two very large softboxes, gelled with red, horizontally oriented, cross lighting the model at camera left head and camera foot. Many thanks to Sean for helping me with the setup, including the heavy lifting.

This is the first image I edited out of the session.

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

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

Fitness Photos with Annastasia

Emerging model Annastasia came into the studio for a fitness photo shoot. She really learned fast and her posing really became very fluid by the time the shoot ended. We both had a lot of fun working together and got some great images.

MUA: Sessily Berezowski

Model Annastasia showing off her physique in a high key set.

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

Dance Shoot with Megan

I had some extra time in the studio last week and Megan came in to shoot a little dance with me. I had worked with Megan before as a ring girl from a boxing show. Megan was great and we did a little head shot work afterwards.

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

Paint Photo Shoot with Tank Joey and Jaclyn (NSFW)

Models Tank Joey and Jaclyn came to the studio last week to have some fun with paint. I started with two large drop cloths to cover the floor and then placed white paper over top for a high key look. For lighting we use 3 lights, 2 lighting the background and a 7' parabolic with diffusion cover as the main light. I wanted to show colour more than muscle which is why I went with the softer look. Paints were finger paints from the local art supply store. Each of us had a couple of ideas and poses in mind, after that we just played with the paints. It really makes my job easier working with two really good models who know how to move and pose and smile, even when the paint is cold. After we did the duo shoot Joey stayed for a bit and we got some extra images as that man's audience are voracious consumers of his media. It was a good night and clean up was far less messy than expected.

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

Fitness Photo Shoot with Fitness Competitor Lindsay

Fitness competitor and model Lindsay came into the studio to do some fitness lifestyle images. I had done a winter outdoor photo session with Lindsay before and this time she came in even better shape. We shot a mix of high key and grey paper backgrounds in fitness and workout clothes and some body suits as well. We had fun that night and the client is very happy with the images she has received.

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

Duo Shoot with Models Jesse and Krista

Duo Shoot with Models Jesse and Krista

Models Jesse Cronk and Krista Rushton got together at my studio for a duo shoot. Special thanks to Lace Canada who provided the lingerie and underwear for the shoot. The clothing looked great on the models. We started out with some silhouettes in front of a massive softbox, the did some black and white on grey and finished up with some high key images on white. Both models were great and we had a lot of fun on the photo shoot.

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