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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

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

Athletic Nudes with Nate and Tania

Fitness couple Nate & Tania came into the studio for the Athletic Nude Series. Shooting couples is always more challenging, making sure everyone is flexed, posed, covered up and properly lit. However when done right the pictures have a great energy about them. 

Both of these competitors came in, in great shape and could really pose.

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

Fitness Shoot with Michelle

Michelle of BOSS Studio Fitness came in for a fitness photo shoot on the weekend. We did the photo shoot at Warriors Boxing and Fitness. Makeup was done by Melissa O Makeup.

Here area couple of sneak previews.

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

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.

Athletic Nudes with Curt

Curt who hails from Saskatoon contact me about shooting this series. I mentioned I was a long way away but he wanted to do it, so we set it up. Curt flew overnight from Saskatoon to Calgary and to London, arriving very early in the morning. We shot and he was back on a plane that afternoon. Curt is a national level bodybuilding competitor. It is incredibly humbling not only to be trusted with taking these images but also the lengths the model went to, to make it happen. I'm very happy with the images we made and here's a sampling.

Showing off the tattoos

A strong core and base

Showing great flexibility

The Athletic 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.

Six Weeks to Strong

I have teamed up with Michelle G Fitness to offer SIX WEEKS TO STRONG. I'm excited for this project but I'll let Michelle describe the program.

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Six Weeks to Strong Trainer and fitness guru Michelle Goldrick

"Attention Ladies!!

Looking for an incentive to get those fitness goals in gear?! Look no further!

Due to some huge overwhelming requests for a program like this.... here you are ladies!

Similar to my Six Weeks to Sexy Program.... introducing Six Weeks to STRONG!!

Program will entail a full 6 week personalized training and nutrition system and recommended vitamin regime.....

Finishing off with a goddess glow tan by the incredible Denise Taylor-Ginzel of Tan Bar London and hair and makeup professionally done by the amazing Elissa Darling of Darling Makeup & Hair.....

And.... professional FITNESS photoshoot by local fitness photog Mark Ruddick of Mark Ruddick Photography..... Take a moment and check out some of his incredible work....
www.markruddick.com

This entire package valued at just under $1000 is brought to you for just $575..... what are you waiting for?!

For the ladies who jump on board for this Round.. you will be ready to shoot for the end of November.....

Want some more details!? Message me today!"

Deadlifts for massive physique changes

Just relaxing at the end of the workout.

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 with Claudio

Claudio was looking to get some fitness pictures done after a lean out session. He was basically ready for a physique competition. Below are some of the images.

Casual, relaxed style

Back double bicep, this pose really shows off the back, shoulders and arms.

Hitting that classic ab pose.

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

Fitness with Ibrahim

Ibrahim came into the studio for some progress pictures after leaning out and working with personal trainer Marcin, whom I've worked with many times before. He was in great shape and had lots of ideas for pictures.

Simple physique pose really carves out the abs.

Showing off his overall musculature and conditioning.

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

Fitness Work with Marcin

Marcin is a personal trainer at Wellington Fitness in London, ON. We've worked together many times. The man can build lean muscle. He is very knowledgeable about training and nutrition. I would definitely recommend training with Marcin. 

Below are some of the images from our last couple of shoots in the last month.

Posing the model to show off the core strength.

Flexing the triceps.

Having some fun with a really cool car.

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

Athletic Nudes with Jeff - Full Set (NSFW)

Here's the complete set from my session with Jeff. He came in with a great physique and a great attitude. I'm really happy with the way the images turned out, even with the challenge of his height. Jeff vascularity really stood out.

Showing off the back and arm

Killing a 135 arm curl

Dead lift to show off quads and glutes

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