Shot of a model from a recent portfolio shoot. Sometimes a shot has an attraction that goes beyond just the aesthetic. I think in this pic the model looks stunning however her mood is adding greatly to the allure. When models forget about the result of a shot and just relax into the moment their essence energy seems to shine through.
This is a shot taken of a friend at the beach one day. Whilst she knew I had the camera she was not worried about the result. I beleive that this freedom from worry gives this shot an appealing power. Some other shots that have had makeup, stylists, art directors ect may have more aesthetic appeal but unless they possess the spontaneous freedom of this one they will lack optimum appeal.
When I started in the photography/modelling industry in 1989 I initially became known for gym shots of women. At the time I found that few women looked to weights as a serious exercise option. The ones who did were very extreme and if anything scared other women away from using weights. My idea back then was to present fit and attractive women with weights and to photograph them to look authentic and inspiring. This is an image I did just recently for a woman who wanted gym shots for her portfolio. The shot reminded me of the essence of where I started in photography. To this day I still love women who look balanced and empowered.
This is another archive shot from the calendars I used to produce. Whilst I took some licence with costuming I have always tried to have the model presented to look and feel as authentic as possible in the shots. I beleive that if the model is in the moment rather than dependant upon the result of the shot that the viewer feels more empowered by viewing. I am continually running workshops in Australia that aim to help others to create shots like this. More information can be found at [link]
Shot from a recent portfolio shoot I did for a friend. She has been training again after the birth of her first child and wanted some shots to chart her progress. My early photography was centred on mostly fit and toned women. I am still facinated by muscular bodies and even still am not totally sure why. As with everything in life balance is important. However even though the model in this shot may be slightly to the higher end of the balance I still find that it has it's own beauty.
Have added the writing below which is from the model Carly. A few people have asked about her traning ideas so here they are -
I do weight training 3 times a week for bout 40 mins then do 20 mins cardio straight after...I always consume a protein shake within 45 mins after training which restores my muscles and helps them grow... I recommend training with a partner or personal trainer when possible to push you to failure so you can get those extra reps out that you may not have been able to do on your own!!
Change your weight training program every 8 weeks so your body doesn't get used to same things.Always change to wholemeal pastas or bread instead of white varieties . Eat smaller meals more frequently eg: 5- 6 times a day. And eat at least 40grams of protein a day through your foods such as eggs, lean meat, chicken, tofu, turkey etc...