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Lighting Experiment with Caitlin (NSFW)

I wanted to practice some edge light bodyscapes and portraits. I brought a model to the studio to practice with, Caitlin. Caitlin is a life drawing model so she’s used to holding dynamic poses while I moved and modified the lights. She was fantastic to work with and came armed with a series of her own poses. The goal was to create some dramatic, black and white, nude images. I mostly use 1 or 2 unmodified speedlights for the shoot. I want to get a couple of modifiers and retry again with more practical knowledge.

Lit with a single speed light.

Female bodyscape

2 side light dramatic picture

Lighting the back and the leg.

In profile

Seated

- 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 Sonny

I had put out a call for participants in my Athletic Nude series and Sonny responded. He said he was moving to London the next week for a job. Little did either of us know at the time his job was in the same building as my studio, so that was a really funny coincidence. We only had a very short time to shoot but I think we will set up a part two of this shoot for the series.

Showing the core thickness

We always start with a good back shot.

Using side light to highlight the physique.

Full body picture.

Stretching out to show the hamstrings

Great way to display the shoulder thickness

Great way to display the shoulder thickness

- 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.

Athletic Nudes - Acro Yoga

A lot of time, I help models pose for this series as I often have images in my head I want to express. Sometimes, I just sit back, shut up and press the button. This session with Rob & Chloe of Anahata Yoga was the latter. These guys hit jaw-dropping poses one after the other. I was happy just to be there.

Massive strength in this move.

Watching Rob and Chole get into this pose was insane.

Applied physics

- 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 Mindy Part 2

I had done this series with Mindy last year after she competed. We both agreed there was more to shoot in the series and we came up with some new poses. The images turned out very good.

Dumbbell row

Mindy holding plates showing off her back and shoulders.

A little softer than the images on black, but still shows off her physique.

Strength and flexibility

- 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 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.

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.

Athletic Nudes with Malcolm

Malcolm, a personal trainer, came down to the studio to shoot my athletic nude series. He was in great shape, nice and cut but still with lots of energy to engage the muscles for the shoot.

- 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 Alora Griffiths

Alora Griffiths, is a lifelong athlete starting out in competitive hockey, then cross-fit and now power lifting. She can squat 400lbs and dead lift 400lbs placing her top 10 in her weight class. She came into the studio in December to shoot my athletic nude series. Her warmups are most people's personal bests. We lifted "light" that day, just enough weight to bring out the muscles. Alora was a lot of fun to hang out with and constantly amazed with her strength.

Picking up the dumbbell for a row.

Incredible strength from the feet up

- 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.

- Alora Griffiths has been powerlifting for 4 years. She is ranked 10th in the world for the 132lb / Female / Raw with Wraps.

407lb Back Squat
207lb Bench Press
430lb Deadlift
Wilks 540

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

Athletic Nudes with Tyler (NSFW)

Amateur mixed martial artist Tyler came into studio for my athletic nude series. He had a wide variety or strikes and his kicks were particularly good for photographing. We didn't shoot a tonne of pictures as my timing was good that night and Tyler was deadly accurate.

Tyler delivering a spinning back kick to the bag

Full extension on the high kick

Left hook to the chin

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

Athletic Nudes with Aaron - Full Set (NSFW)

I met Aaron initially at a fight he was participating in. I shot the poster, the weigh-ins and the fight. When I put out a call for more volunteers for the project he answered. He's a cool guy and we had a lot of fun working on this shoot. Like most athletes we got our best pictures when we got Aaron moving around and utilizing his muscle memory.

Kneeing the heavy bag

Shadow boxing

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

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