fitness competitor

Fitness Shoot with Nicole

I got a last minute call to do a fitness shoot at Showtyme Fitness with fitness competitor Nicole. She has a real good physique and we got some really nice images.

Triceps pulldown

The competition

I love how the deadlifts bring out the hamstrings

- Mark Ruddick Photography - My images are an exploration of the human body under muscle stress — understanding the body’s strength, flexibility, and power. Creating these images has given me a better understanding of the human form which has transitioned into my commercial fitness work. 

I am a London, Ontario photographer who specializes in fitness, bodybuilding and fight photography.

I love to tell stories as anyone who's worked with me can attest. That includes visual stories through photographs. Let me tell your story and provide high impact images of you to sponsors, agencies, family or just for yourself.


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 Shoot with Adrienne

Late last year fitness competitor Adrienne came to the studio for her second shoot with me. She had really added to her physique in the 18 months between the shoots and looked absolutely fantastic. She added a lot of muscle and definition. We got some great images and had a good time.

Hair: Jessica Marie Hairstyling
Makeup: Melissa O Makeup

Showing off biceps and core

Everyone loves deadlifts

Leg raises to bring out the abs

Leg extensions for quads, but don’t miss her delts.

We also did some softer looks.

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

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 - Caroline

Caroline and I had been trying to set up a time to shoot this series. The last time she was in show prep, I was moving studios and couldn’t have the new one ready in time. However when she competed at the UFE Worlds in Toronto in November we set something up. Caroline trains with Team Starr and came into the studio with great conditioning.

This is what Caroline had to say about the shoot.

“Absolutely amazed by what Mark can do in his studio. He is a lighting magician and knows how to show of fitness bodies which is a complete art form, many photographers cannot master. Mark was so friendly and made me feel very comfortable and it was great to see the results/images so instantly!!! Thanks again :-)”

Caroline had beautiful natural poses.

Obligatory rear double bicep shot.

Showing off her legs and core.

A different perspective on glutes, back and delts.

- 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 Photo Shoot with Melanie

Melanie came from past Toronto to shoot with me last month. She was great to work with and really lean. Melanie is a bikini competitor and recently captured 2nd place in the novice class. We had a good time shooting in the studio and in the gym. Here are some of the fitness pictures we took.

MUA: Melissa O Makeup

Showing off her abs on the heavy bag.

Staring down the competition.

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

Athletic Nudes with Sherri

Sherri contact me in December last year about shooting the athletic nude series. She's a fitness competitor. After a one week delay from bad weather in February we got a chance to shoot in the studio. Sherri was in great shape with good definition.

Deadlifts are great for engaging backs, arms and legs.

The rear double biceps pose shows off the back nicely.

- 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 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

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. 

Fitness Shoot with Samantha

Fitness competitor Samantha came in for her first ever fitness shoot the day after her first ever competition. Samantha trains with Mary Valid of Valid Fitness. Samantha came in and hit some great poses and really let her personality shine through. It was a pleasure to photograph her physique right after her first competition.

Thanks to Melissa O Makeup and Tori for hair styling.

I only know one joke, but it's a good one.

Photo shoots aren't scary at all.

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

Athletic Nudes with Mindy

Mindy had commented on one of my Instagram images, liking the athletic nude concept. I invited her to join in on the project. She was a little nervous but agreed. We set a date close to her competition and I got to work on poses and lighting. Mindy came to the studio in great shape and had really wonderful natural poses. A lot of good pictures were made and a lot of fun was had.

Back double bicep

Warming up with some stretches.

Flexing back and legs.

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

Fitness Photos Shoot with Carol

Carol competed at the Barrie OPA show in July and wanted to get some fitness pictures done to commemorate the moment. We went to Showtyme Fitness to do the photos. Ian was a great host as always. We shot a variety of exercises, poses and lighting setup at the gym and then hit the nearby Thames River for a few outdoor pictures. Carol was in great shape and finished 3rd in her class and qualifies for the Provincials. It was a lot of fun and very high energy. She trains hard and it showed in the pictures.

MUA: Amanda from Beauty Bomb Glam

Enjoying the beautiful afternoon at the Thames River.

Showing off the back and arms.

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

Fitness Weekend

I spent the last weekend shooting fitness photos. 6 sessions between Thursday and Sunday. I'm really happy with how they turned out. I'll be working on proofs this week for my clients. A theme kind of emerged on Saturday and Sunday. The backs of some of the models were just fantastic. It's the muscle group that is hardest to see when working out and most people are truly amazed when the see a good picture of their back. 

I shot their backs on a black background with a high contrast black and white treatment on the edit to really bring out all of the size and depth of the muscles.

I shoot this topless to accentuate the muscles and to highlight the hard work and dedication the models have invested in themselves. The images show power and athleticism and are not meant to be salatious.

1. Jamie
2. Alishia
3. Lacia

Jamie

Alishia

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

Fitness Shoot with Terri

Fresh off of winning at the UFE London show Terri came into studio for a fitness shoot. She came into the studio in great shape and we had a lot of fun making the images.

Terri had this to say about our shoot "I am so very pleased with my photos! Had a great time shooting with Mark! Love the variety of looks we shot! He is professional and made me feel at ease! Thanks so much Mark!"

Terri here showing off her superior arms and abs.

Terri flexing her arm and shoulder for a peek at the muscles from behind.

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

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