Photographing A Strong World


One of the things I do when I’m not taking photos is be pretty active in the fitness community. I really love the energy, camaraderie and motivation that being around those kind of people presents, and it keeps me feeling healthy and younger than I probably have a right to.

Shooting fitness, you get access to people who are passionate about what they do. These people are usually driven, motivated and often very nice and down to earth. They inspire me to be better and push harder in my own life every time I photograph them . Needless to say, I jump at the opportunity to do fitness or strength portraits any time they are presented to me by friends, family, or as a business client, and the results usually reflect that energy.

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I have some family who run a fitness company and are some of the nicest people that I know. A year or so ago they asked me to take some portraits for their website. When they said that they wanted to do them at sunset at a beach, I couldn’t say no.

I had them meet me at Alki beach in West Seattle, brought along one single light and we made what turned out to be a great series of photos that showcased not only their fitness, but gave them some good marketing material for their site.

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The problem with shooting at sunset is that the light changes rapidly. They wanted a mix of bright, well lit photos and more natural photos that showcased the area we were in. This being Alki - thus a really awesome place to just experience to say nothing of taking pictures, we were able to figure that out and get them a good mix.

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A friend and co-worker of mine is a coach in the CrossFit community. This is where I got my start in fitness, so I wanted to do a series that showed someone who is super on her game and what that looks like. Both her and her gym owners were cool with me bringing probably too-much gear in and doing a series of photos that both showed her fitness, and how I feel this pretty incredible world feels.

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One of my favorite parts of any fitness session is when the subject of the portraits starts ding stuff I am not at a level to duplicate. This could mean either just because I don’t have the skillset, or the mental toughness to work through pain or injury. This is true for a couple of reasons: 1) because it’s always fun to see someone perform at a high level and see what the human body is capable of, and 2) its CRAZY motivating.

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All told, the entire world of fitness, strength, and conditioning is something that I really have fallen in love with over the last couple of years. As a photographer, of course, my first instinct as I dove in was to bring my camera along for the ride. It’s something that has benefitted myself and my abilities, local business with their marketing, and individuals with their own personal portfolios. This means that best part about being a client and having me create these photos is that I’m already immersed in the world, so there isn’t a gap in understanding or knowledge when trying to describe what you are looking for!

If you like these photos keep an eye out, there will be more to come, for sure!

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