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.
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.
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.
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 a shot from a recent fitness photography workshop that I ran. The model is a mother of 2 children 7 and 12 who is very dedicated to her physical health. Think it is great when people take control of their own destiny. Feel that this woman has realised that it is her choice how her body is to look after childbirth. Once again as with many of my previous shots I find great inspiration from female bodies that have both curve and tone.
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.
This is a shot from one of my old calendar tests. Obviously some artistic license as there was in many of my calendar shots. However I felt this shot was another great example of the facination I have with muscles on women. This model worked out extensivley on her body and in my opinion is highly attractive. I am also attracted to less muscular women but there does seem to be something especially appealing with bodies such as the one pictured here. I think it comes down alot to shape and flow. A toned body does seem to bring out very defined lines ion legs, stomache, shoulders ect. I am starting to wonder if it all comes down to finding the best balance. Perhaps too much body fat hides the natural lines of the human physique. Too little fat can also take away from line and flow. Either way I expect this shot will inspire some varied opinions.