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.
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...
Shot from the August 4 workshop where Claire is depicted doing a bent row. Much of my early work was of women working out with weights. Have always found beauty in the aesthetics of women who train in a balanced way with weights. Also from a photography standing it is so important to make sure the model looks and feels authentic when pictured with props such as weights.
next available Melbourne workshop is September 15 from 10am-2pm
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.
I believe that a person's consciousness is perhaps the most powerful energy on the planet. However as with any power it can be empowering or destructive. The model in this shot , Penny, has an enormously powerful presence about her. She has a very shapely and strong body and also very defined bone structure. However it is her emotional depth that emanates the biggest impact I think. She is not always the most relaxed person I know but no matter what state of mood she is in being around her certanly makes you feel things. In this shot I beleive she is intense and is powerfully projecting this. However when she lets her walls down and is in her comfort zone the beauty viewed and felt is inspirational. This image is perhaps more dominating than I would like. However unless I am at my absolute most secure I find it hard to provide Penny with the envinronment she needs to let her walls down.
nb; This image was taken at one of my recent photographic workshops. If you live in Australia please feel free to come along to one.
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.
I have used the model in this pic many times over the years in my photography business. She has also played a very important part in my life in general. We have been friends for around 10 years and she is as powerful emotionally as anyone I know. Her physical appearance is very unique and in this shot perhaps even intimidating in it's appearance of strength.
Dependant upon her mood her aura or personality can also be very intimidating. Whilst I trust Stacey and believe that she would do anything for me often I have felt emotionally intimidated by her. However when she is in her comfort zone and relaxed she is one of the most gentle and empowering people I have ever had the pleasure to spend time with.
I think her looks also mirror her moods at times. In this shot to me she looks like a warrior of sorts. Very focassed and determined and strong. At other times she can look so warm and open and the epitamy of empowered and graceful beauty.
Think in society we are so used to judging books by their covers. That we can become very quick to judge a person on appearances especially if the appearance is physically strong or physically beautiful. In my photography career I am continually learning that some of the most beautiful and strongest looking people have emotional power that mirrors their physical. Thus they may appear strong and confident but at times can feel very vulnerable. In these times their physical can be a mask to protect them.
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 shot taken recently for a model portfolio. The woman in the shot is a regular gym trainer and wanted some shots that complimented her training. Like all people she has her better angles and to me this front on shot is especially dynamic. Think it is the combination of feminine curve but with toned abdominals. As with everything in life balance seems to be an important factor in attraction. To me this woman looks very balanced and attractive.
This is a shot of Fontaine from the July 30 workshop. Asked her to look with an attitude of intimidation for this shot. I believe that when a model connects fully to the moment that the shot has much more impact. In this one Fontaine has immersed herself in the scene and in the emotion I requested. Whilst this may be acting of sorts when the model lives the character the shot has an authenticity that greatly adds value to the aesthetic.