fitness photo shoot

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.

Athletic Nudes with C (NSFW)

C contacted me in October about shooting my athletic nude series and we set it up for the end of November. C and her husband M were a lot of fun to shoot with and we had a lot of laughs that evening. We got some good images that night.

Hard directional light to provide highlights and shadows.

- 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.

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.