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Athletic Nudes with Shane (NSFW)

I did an athletic nude photo shoot with Shane and his wife. Shane was super ripped and in great overall shape. We got a lot of creative poses and his wife jumped in for a few photos.

Classic pose

I actually convinced him to yell

Always good to have help on set.

Returning the favour

Posing with a plate

- 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.

Men's Fitness with Tony

Tony came into the studio want to get a variety of pictures done, the start of a modelling portfolio. We used a bunch of different backgrounds, wardrobe and lighting to get a wide array of images for him.

Head shot.

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

Athletic Nudes with Curt - The Rest of the Set (NSFW)

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 the rest of the set.

Putting muscle under load for maximum definition

- 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.

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.

Beauty and Braun - Full Set (Not Safe For Work)

Earlier this year a couple of models came into studio for some figure study work. It ended up being a great collaboration so at the end of the shoot we decided to self-publish a small magazine of the shoot for fun.

Link to the publication: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/invited/6877027/5e6a5524b9b2bdbef44d262c3a3b00d54cd88f03

Male model: Tank Joey
Female model: Jaclyn Danielle
Photographer: Mark Ruddick
Assistant: Mel @digitalgeekgirl

Front cover of the magazine

Back cover of the magazine

Back cover of the magazine

- 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

Paint Photo Shoot with Tank Joey and Jaclyn (NSFW)

Models Tank Joey and Jaclyn came to the studio last week to have some fun with paint. I started with two large drop cloths to cover the floor and then placed white paper over top for a high key look. For lighting we use 3 lights, 2 lighting the background and a 7' parabolic with diffusion cover as the main light. I wanted to show colour more than muscle which is why I went with the softer look. Paints were finger paints from the local art supply store. Each of us had a couple of ideas and poses in mind, after that we just played with the paints. It really makes my job easier working with two really good models who know how to move and pose and smile, even when the paint is cold. After we did the duo shoot Joey stayed for a bit and we got some extra images as that man's audience are voracious consumers of his media. It was a good night and clean up was far less messy than expected.

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

Fitness and Boxing Photo Shoot with Sam

Agency represented (Swagger Management) model Sam came down from Toronto to work with me a couple of weeks ago. We split the day between Powerhouse Training Systems and Warriors Boxing and Fitness.  I've worked with Sam a couple of times before in Toronto and he always brings a great enthusiasm to the shoot as well as a killer physique and work ethic.

I have access to cool locations like these for photoshoots as well as my fully equipped studio. So if you need images done for sponsors, agencies, promotions or just you, message me and we'll set it up.

We went for a bit of a cinematic feel for this image.

We went for a bit of a cinematic feel for this image.

Duo Shoot with Models Jesse and Krista

Duo Shoot with Models Jesse and Krista

Models Jesse Cronk and Krista Rushton got together at my studio for a duo shoot. Special thanks to Lace Canada who provided the lingerie and underwear for the shoot. The clothing looked great on the models. We started out with some silhouettes in front of a massive softbox, the did some black and white on grey and finished up with some high key images on white. Both models were great and we had a lot of fun on the photo shoot.

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Beauty and Braun (NSFW)

Earlier this year a couple of models came into studio for some figure study work. It ended up being a great collaboration so at the end of the shoot we decided to self-publish a small magazine of the shoot for fun.

Link to the publication: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/invited/6877027/5e6a5524b9b2bdbef44d262c3a3b00d54cd88f03

Male model: Tank Joey
Female model: Jaclyn Danielle
Photographer: Mark Ruddick
Assistant: Mel @digitalgeekgirl

The image below is the cover.

Athletic Nudes with Jesse

Amateur boxer, clothing line owner and part time model Jesse Cronk dropped by the studio last week. He wanted to shoot my Athletic Implied Nudes project. Jesse who excels at pretty much everything killed it. His dedication to fitness is really impressive considering how busy he is.

Jesse owns Cronk Lifestyle Clothing - check them out.

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

- CRONK is a lifestyle fashion brand designed for every athlete and fitness enthusiast... For those with the motivation to succeed!!

Men's Fitness Photography with Damiano

I had a great fitness shoot with Damiano just after his second place finish at the OPA Stephaine Worsfold Classic in London, ON. We shot at Powerhouse Training Systems. He was awesome to shoot with and really stood out from the other competitors with his beard.

Fitness Shoot

A few more with fitness model Samuel. I'm looking forward to working with him on some more projects in the near future.