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9 Questions to ask your Fitness Photographer

9 Questions to ask your Fitness Photographer

  1. Do you have a style?
    Does your photographer have a style of picture they do best. Some photographers specialize in soft fitness boudoir and some are hardcore gym pictures. My own personal style is posed studio style with putting muscles under load. I really like to show off strength and athleticism using hard contrasting lights to carve out the muscle. I’m definitely able to shoot on location or outdoors for fitness.

  2. Do you shoot on location or in studio?
    Does the photographer have a studio, or a location they shoot in? I have a studio setup for fitness photo shoots, located inside of an 8000 sq. ft. fight gym which I have access to use as well. In addition I routinely rent out private gyms to photograph in and can always find the right location for our fitness shoot.

  3. What experience do you have? How long have you been shooting fitness / how did you start?
    Does your photographer know the best way to bring out your abs? Are they used to the different energy levels while in and out of competition? Do they have 100’s of fitness photo shoots worth of experience? I’ve been photographing fitness since 2014 covering 100’s of photo shoots during that time. I’ve photographed every type of athletic body out there and know how to maximize it in pictures.

  4. Are you good with posing clients / pose ideas?
    If this is your first shoot does your photographer know how to pose you? Can they isolate a muscle group with lighting and pose. Do they have ideas. I have 100’s of fitness photo shoots under my belt and am great at posing people to best show off their physique. Please look at my references.

  5. References?
    Does you photographer have references? What do people have to say about the pictures and the experience. I have dozens of testimonials and you’re always free to contact any client of mine you see on social media. I’m proud of the work I’ve done.

  6. Money back guarantee?
    Is the photographer you are using offer a money-back guarantee of their work? Are they confident enough in their skills to back it up? I offer a guarantee. “As a self employed photographer, I take great pride in my work, and I want to make sure you’re impressed with the service you get. In fact, absolutely delighted, with the final product. What does that mean? Simply this: If you aren’t happy with my work, I’ll give you a full refund. Many photographers don’t guarantee their work at all! But to me, nothing is more important than your complete and total satisfaction. I stand behind every photo shoot 100%. If you ever have any questions or concerns about my work, please call me right away.”

  7. Do they have insurance?
    Weights, lights, cords, equipment, motion, sure something could go wrong. Are you covered if something does? I carry liability, equipment and property insurance to make sure that my clients and myself are covered in the case of an accident.

  8. What images do you get / cost?

    How many / what images do you get for the money you are spending. I make sure to spell it out for my clients what they are getting in return for the photography fees. Don’t be surprised, ask.

  9. What are their turn around times?
    How soon do you get your images? I like to get you a teaser image the day of the shoot as I’m downloading the cards to my archives. You get your proofs within a week of the photo shoot and your edited images 2 weeks after you let me know which ones you would like edited.

Fitness with Claudio

Personal Trainer, Claudio came into the studio last month for some new images. I’ve worked with him before and he always is in really good shape with a nice commercial look.

Claudio posing and flexing.

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

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

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

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

Women's Fitness with Cindy

Cindy, who is "just getting back into fitness" came in for a shoot and really it looked like she never left. She was really strong and was a pleasure to work with.

Makeup: Melissa O Makeup
Hair: Jessica Marie Avolio

Showing off shoulders, arms and back on a pull up.

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

Mother / Daughter Fitness Photoshoot

I've worked with Michelle Goldrick and number of times now. This time we brought her daughter in for a mother / daughter shoot. Her little one is so cute and photogenic. We did some studio work and then went to the park. There were great pictures at each location showing off fitness and fun.

Mk at peace while mom is working hard.

Cute picture of mother and daughter in yoga clothes.

Playing at the park.

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

Athletic Nudes - February 2018

The model for this shoot wished to remain anonymous due to their profession. The model is over 45 and is for sure in the best shape of their life. He is an all around cool guy and worked very hard at achieving these images.

great striations and vascularity

Showing off functional strength and muscle control

- 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

Fitness Shoot with Paul and Brittany

I did a fitness shoot with Paul Teixeria and Brittany Tavares the other week. We met up at Showtyme Fitness in London, ON for the shoot. Showtyme is always a great host for these shoots. I've shot there maybe a dozen times in the last couple of years. Paul is also the US Sales Manager for Nutrabolics.

Paul and Brittany came in fantastic shape for the shoot. There was lots of positive energy and they really worked at their poses as I worked to engage their muscles for the shoot. Overall we got some killer pictures. A week later we did a second session to get some more pictures just before the off season.

Paul and Brittany posing together

Paul getting his pump on

Staring down the competition

Paul, just jacked to hell

Showing off the guns

Lifting and flexing

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

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

Ontario Muscle Contest Winner

I finally caught up with last year's winner of the Ontario Muscle photo contest. Lori participated at the 2017 GNC Allmax Ontario Natural Championships (OPA) She was in great shape and was a pleasure the shoot with.

Lori had some of the deepest abs I've seen in the bikini class

Relaxing on set

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

Athletic Nudes - Slideshow (NSFW)

My work in Athletic Nudes was selected to be displayed at the Slideluck London ON dinner and presentation on August 17th. It was a great event and I got to see a lot of cool art that's very different from mine.

I was one of two London, ON artists featured that night. Below is the video of my slideshow presentation.

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

Athletic Nudes with Jeff

Here's a couple of images from last night's athletic nude session with Jeff.  Jeff cut down a little for the shoot but mostly walks around looking like this.

We went with a simple 3 light setup to highlight the different muscle groups. Two gridded softboxes in the back and a beauty dish out front. If I had it to do over again I might have used the 7' parabolic on the front as the model is 6'3" and the fall off from the beauty dish is more severe. I'm very happy with the images and I'll have more edited in a couple of weeks.

Muscles under load provide great pictures.

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