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 a shot from my August 4 workshop. I have titled it Pumped Up Down Under in reference to a calendar I started in the late 80's that went through until about 2007. It was based initially on gym shots like this one where the models were always shot with free weights. Back when it started it was partly created to encourage Australian women to consider using free weights as an option to get fit looking bodies. Whilst the shots were sexy they were also more authentic than most other female calendar shots at the time. As such many women were drawn to the calendars and used them as inspirational tools.
So important in gym shots that the model looks oblivious to the camera. If they look like they are posing the shot feels very cheap. In this shot Penny seems totally focassed on the dumbell and as such looks very authentic. In any aspect of life we will achieve the best results by giving total concentration to the task at hand and staying present in the moment.
I love photography and have equal passion for beautiful women. Also am deeply drawn to fitness and humility. Part of humility to me is when a person is present in the moment. People who listen with their attention focassed on you rather than being divided with other thoughts and emotions. In this shot I feel that Jane is emanating authenticity in her expression and that she is very at peace with herself. Think this adds greatly to her beautifully toned physique.
This is another shot from one of my old calendars. The model Stacey is one of the more powerful personalities that I have used in the series. Amazing looks but an even more powerful inner self. These days I teach photography and one of the best pieces of advice I give is to connect with yourself and your subject at a deep level.
I believe that most humans are self absorbed. That we have been hurt and dis appointed in life and carry around emotional baggage. This baggage often comes out when people are faced with a camera. However when a model can let go of baggage and be fully present as who they really are the results are so empowering.
In this shot I beleive that Stacey is so free and in the moment. She is not concerned about the camera or for this moment life's struggles. Given that her inner sensitivity is so powerful when she is free and enjoying herself being in her presence is so inspiring. I am hoping that seeing and feeling this shot will inspire those who view it.
This is a photo from the last model workshop for 2009. For many years I produced calendars that depicted fitness scenes. Whilst these calendars had some artistic license to provide sex appeal I have always endeavoured to make the shots look as real as possible. To this end I wanted Tara to look like she was resting between sets on the punching bag. Very important that her face and general demenour looks unaware to the presence of any camera.
Will be ruinning regular model workshops in 2010. Also regularly running personal tuition for the rest of this year.
This is an image from the Pumped Up Down Under calendar that I used to publish. These calendars were started in 1989 and at the time I had a motivation to encourage women to work out. I still love the look of fit women and think that muscle tone combined with a woman's natural curves is such an empowering site.
These days I run workshops that encourage people to appreciate the beauty of the female form. For those interested please visit [link]
This is a photo from one of my older calendars. The model, Stacey, is one of the most popular women in the series. I love powerfull women and believe that Stacey has enormous power both in her physique and her essence. She is incredibly sensitive emotionally and can sense things in her environment that few others can. By this I mean she can pick up on the emotional state of others without even talking to them. This is a gift that can be very taxing on the people that are gifted with it. Many times it has overwhelmed Stacey. However in this shot she was at her most transparent best. The expression on her face and the calm power of her body is very inspiring to me.
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...
Another shot from the historical files of my Pumped Up Down Under calendar. Nikki has been perhaps the most popular model ever. Love how natural she looks in this photo. I believe that if a model is relaxed and in the moment that the imapact of the shot is so much greater than if she was obviously playing up to the camera.
To view my new 2009 online calendar please go to [link] Have 2 versions due to the fluctuating exchange rates.
Each calendar features art nude imagery combined with empowered thoughts. I believe that the female nude can be so empowering if it is presented with style , passion and grace.