fitness

Athletic Nudes with Mindy

This was my third time working with Mindy on this project. We tried to get some different poses as we have worked together a couple times before, though I couldn’t resist my standard back shot. We shot a couple of days before her CPA Show in Guelph. A show in which she took Overall Women’s Figure. Mindy is always great to work with and is trained by Jodi Boam.

Showing size and vascularity in her arm.

Rear double bicep is a great way to show off the whole back.

Strong, muscular and feminine.

- 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.

Fitness Day at Magnum Total Fitness

Melissa invited me to come to her gym, Magnum Total Fitness, to photograph the end of their 12 week boot camp. Magnum Total Fitness is in Kincardine, a great little town on Lake Huron. I also got to re-connect with one of my former work placement students, Justin, who assisted me that day. Setup time was 7 AM and the participants for the day were already starting hair and makeup. We got setup and were shooting just after 8 AM. We photographed in the gym and in the makeshift studio we setup all day. We wrapped up photographing just before 6 and were cleaned up and out by 7.

During the day I got to photograph a lot of genres. Fitness obviously, maternity, family images, group pictures and even a motorcycle. It challenging but a lot of fun. I met a lot of really terrific people on all different points on their fitness journey, it was nice to interact with them all. We shot about 1500 pictures on the day between all of the participants and the groups.

The pictures below are not retouched, the theme of the shoot was body positivity and we wanted to portray people as they are.

Body positive was the theme of the shoot.

Strong, like a mother.

Hardcore gym look.

We played a little bit with the lighting

Great couple, beautiful bike.

Everyone loves dead lifts

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

- Magnum Total Fitness - We are a fully equipped, friendly, and professional gym, located downtown Kincardine.

Fitness Shoot with Josh Demelo and Tania Part 2

I’ve worked with personal trainer Josh Demelo many times before and this Sunday we teamed up again to photograph his fitness client Tania. In addition to the killer fitness images we got, Josh made a short video of the session. Josh always brings me the best clients. Thanks to ShowTyme Fitness for hosting the photoshoot.

Here are the rest of the images from the shoot.

Shoulders an biceps

Intense

On the cable machine

Josh and Tania

Posing against the red wall.

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

- DEMELO FITNESS personal training is managed by Joshua DeMelo - a London native. He has a background in competitive bodybuilding, having placed 2nd in his first competition. He is moving on to the provincial level in 2017. Josh is also certified by the Canadian Personal Training Network and also has worked with some of the TOP coaches in the fitness industry. 

Fitness Shoot with Josh Demelo and Tania

I’ve worked with personal trainer Josh Demelo many times before and this Sunday we teamed up again to photograph his fitness client Tania. In addition to the killer fitness images we got, Josh made a short video of the session. Josh always brings me the best clients. Thanks to ShowTyme Fitness for hosting the photoshoot.

Tania posing in front of a feature wall.

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

Fitness Photoshoto with Demelo Fitness and Julia

Demelo Fitness invited me to photograph his fitness client Julia at Showtyme Fitness. Josh’s client always come to a shoot prepare, in shape and with a great attitude. They are across the board positive and engaged in the process. We got some great on location images during the shoot.

Thanks to my Fanshawe placement student Jessica Hernandez for assisting.

Showing off the triceps with a pull down.

Abs after some much appreciated carbs during the shoot.

Great choice in wardrobe for showing off the arms

Josh Demelo proud of the abs

Staring down the competition.

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

- DEMELO FITNESS personal training is managed by Joshua DeMelo - a London native. He has a background in competitive bodybuilding, having placed 2nd in his first competition. He is moving on to the provincial level in 2017. Josh is also certified by the Canadian Personal Training Network and also has worked with some of the TOP coaches in the fitness industry. 

Fitness with Kaitlin

Kaitlin was a last minute addition to a four person fitness shoot with some of the trainers at Wellington Fitness. She showed off some great flexibility and once we got her laughing abs.

Luckily the one joke I know made her laugh.

Showing off her flexibility

Splits

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

Fitness Shoot with Moe

This summer I shot with Moe in studio. She and I have done fitness photos a few times before. She's transitioned away from competition and he developed a great maintainable physique. Moe's up every morning around 4AM to work out, you have to admire the dedication.

We did some pictures out in the gym area of the studio.

Couldn't resist getting one in the ring.

Showing off in the studio

Fit at 41

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

Fitness Shoot with Melissa / DeMelo Fitness

Melissa, a client of Demelo Fitness booked a photoshoot at the end of her program. Josh's clients always come in great shape and great attitudes. We did the shoot at Showtyme Fitness, I've done many shoots there before and is always fun place to visit.

Flexing for the camera

Josh and Melissa, DEMELO FITNESS

Battle ropes engage everything for great pictures

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

DEMELO FITNESS personal training is managed by Joshua DeMelo - a London native. He has a background in competitive bodybuilding, having placed 2nd in his first competition. He is moving on to the provincial level in 2017. Josh is also certified by the Canadian Personal Training Network and also has worked with some of the TOP coaches in the fitness industry. 

With Josh by your side, you will have the tools and motivation to reach your fitness goals. Not only can we reach those goals together, but DEMELO FITNESS can help with maintaining the progress you make. 

Josh uses a combination of resistance training, together with cardiorespiratory training. These training methods are tried and true - they work for every body type. And with the necessary tweaks to suit your goals, you will be sure to have a customized training program. 

Athlete / Trainer Derick Mitchell - Full Series

Part 1

Trainer Derick Mitchell came into the studio for some fitness photos and to show off his crazy athleticism. He had an incredible combination of strength, flexibility and motion. We got some really dynamic shots and plan on more shoots in the future. Derick is a super high energy guy who worked hard in the high heat. Here is the rest of the images from the set.

Great height on this box jump.

Derick flexing for the camera.

Arm curls

Shooting a different perspective on Derick

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

Scars are a Warriors Beauty Marks - Simply Woman

"A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars. There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with." - Michelle Goldrick.

Michelle wrote about her breast cancer on Simply Woman (click the link for the full article)

I took the accompanying image for the article. I knew it was an important image as soon as I took it and am glad it is being put to good use.

Makeup: Melissa O Makeup

Michelle Goldrick - Breast Cancer Survivor

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

Michelle Goldrick is a London Ontario based certified personal trainer with over 20 year’s experience in the fitness industry, with adding in some additional certification in Pre and Post Natal Specialised Personal Training.  Over the years she has helped many women achieve and sustain their fitness and weight loss goals before, during and after pregnancy and into menopause.  Michelle trains out of her own home based personal training studio.  She also has a large online training client base.  Michelle is a wife, entrepreneur and a mother to a very active 5 year old daughter.

Most recently being a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed in September 2013 with mastectomy in December 2013, she now also understand the unique obstacles to overcome physiologically and emotionally that younger women with early age diagnosis go through.  Michelle can be reached at her social media accounts:  IG @gfitnessmichelle TWITTER @michelleGfit  http://www.bossstudiofit.com/

Oxygen Magazine

Kim Miller and I were published in the most recent edition of Oxygen Magazine. It's not a big picture, but it is in a big magazine, so it was very cool.

As the image appears in the magazine.

Here is the original image.

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

Fitness Shoot with Sara

Sara was the last customer I had at the old studio. We had shot together before while working with VVV Fight Co. Sara is a blue belt in BJJ under Topp Performance. Sara wanted to show off her strong, maintainable, athletic physique. So has a good combination of muscle, cardio and flexibility.

Great v shape.

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

Women's Fitness with Courtney

Courtney, a figure competitor came in the day after her competition. She won both of the categories she was entered in that day. We got lots of images showing off the physique she worked so hard for.

Makeup: Melissa O Makeup

Courtney showing off her muscles during a pull up.

My favourite pose for showing off the back and shoulders.

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

Cronk Lifestyle

Last night I shot for Cronk Lifestyle, a fitness / fitness lifestyle apparel company out of London, Ontario. I've know the owner Jesse Cronk for year, back when he was boxing out of Boomerz Boxing, we've worked together several times. (here and here and on his Cronk website) Jesse needed so extra social media content for his brand.

We had a last minute change of models due to the weather and Tori stepped up huge for us showing up hair and makeup ready in 30 minutes. She saved the day.

Special thanks to Dave Hale for driving down from Hamilton to assist with the shoot. You can check out Dave's work here

Sneak peek at the first edit.

Jesse and Tori with Olympic bar dressed in Cronk clothing.

5 Tips for a Perfect Fitness Photo Shoot

Are you preparing for your first fitness photo shoot and need tips on making the best of it? Or maybe you've had a few sessions before and you'd like to present yourself as a true professional.

To make it in the fitness industry, you need to create a brand around yourself. This includes creating professional images to showcase your body and all the hard work you put into it.

Before you book a photoshoot, you need to plan ahead, find the best photographer for you and choose a location.

Keep reading to discover 5 great tips on getting the perfect fitness photoshoot.

1. Come Prepared

Before you start looking for a photographer, get clear on what you'd like to achieve with your photos. Find inspiration online, in magazines or from your favorite people in the industry. Think about the message you're trying to send with the pictures and make a list of poses you love.

When you book a photo shoot, don't come unprepared. Bring multiple outfits, props, makeup, and most importantly, great attitude. If you're not fully involved in the session, your photos will reflect that, no matter how talented the photographer is.

2. Find the Right Photographer

When you're planning a fitness photo shoot, spend a good amount of time researching for the right photographer.

To make sure they're a good fit, look at their portfolio, services, and testimonials. If possible, get recommendations and read reviews online.

You should be comfortable with the photographer and trust they'll do the best job. Hiring the cheapest on the list may lead to disappointment and wasted time, so be careful in your choice.

3. Find the Best Location

You can have a fitness photoshoot either in the photographer's studio or at a location of your choice. On-set photoshoots are pretty straightforward, but if you're on location, you'll need to consider backgrounds, changing into different outfits and the overall vibe of the photos.

Make a decision based on the purpose your photos will serve. Do you need them to get started in the fitness industry or promote yourself as a brand?

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4. Plan Your Poses

When you're preparing for a fitness photo shoot, make sure to plan the poses in advance. You don't want to get stuck on ideas when you get to the studio, so make a list and practice them a little beforehand.

The photographer will also help you choose the best ones for you. If you can, bring someone to help you adjust the poses, and fix your hair and makeup.

5. Be Authentic

The only way to get the perfect fitness photos is to be confident in yourself.

You've worked hard on your body and health and now you have the chance to show it to the world in its best light.

Be original and authentic in your poses and always smile naturally.

Are you ready for your next fitness photo shoot?

Whether it's your first fitness photo shoot or you've done a couple before, every time is new and special.

Book a professional trustworthy photographer who'll make you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Finally, be yourself and let your personality shine through the photos.

Find more fitness inspiration on my blog or contact me today to book your first photo shoot.