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Fitness Shoot with @miss_suarezz

Crystal Suarez certified personal trainer, sponsored athlete, and in full prep mode for her upcoming competition. 

While most people are still asleep Crystal was starting the morning with her first workout of the day. She started with a few warm up movements to get the blood flowing while I dialed in the settings on my camera. With an empty gym we had uninterrupted access to all the equipment. Crystals workout was focused on accessory work. This included biceps, abs, squats with varied foot positions, and triceps.

focused on the movment

The gyms lighting was perfect, shooting conditions were great. I prefer to shoot under natural lighting conditions. Especially in a public place like a gym. I used my 35mm prime lens for this workout with my ISO set to 800, shutter speed 1/100s at f/2.5. Before I work with any athlete I tell them that this will be a real workout. I don't ask for poses, and I try not to interrupt the workout.  I like to let each person do what they do best while I capture the shots.  I take a very candid approach to my fitness photography.

We ended the fitness shoot with a pose routine. After a workout is the best time to flex.  The muscles are pumped, and look a lot fuller For this part of the photoshoot I used my 85mm prime lens.  I like this lens for portraits, and posing photos when I have the room to stand at a distance.  If the area is too small I use my nifty 50. These last photos were shot at ISO 800, 1/125s, f/2.5. 

Front Double Bicep

The compression, and bokeh this lens delivers is amazing.  We photographed in the yoga room where they had mirrors mounted to the walls on either side of the room.  One thing I don't like doing is going into photoshop to edit myself out whenever there are mirrors.  Hiding behind the model, equipment, or out of the frame is just another thing I add to the checklist when looking through the lens.

How about you? Heve you taken any gym photos? When did you take yours, and were you the model or the photographer? Let me know in the comment section. If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also you can follow me on Instagram links located above.

Fitness Shoot w/@fittattoo

Jason Bettoncourt owner/artist at Inkheadz Tattoo, NPC heavyweight bodybuilder, and nationally qualified. 

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    Coming off of a recent win Jason and I met up early in the morning for a chest, and arm routine. Today I was working with the natural light in the gym. I grabbed my 35mm prime lense, dialed my settings in, and we both went to work. 

    When working with an athlete in a public gym setting I always start by telling them I work at their pace. I don't like to interrupt their flow with posing suggestions or having them do something they may not be comfortable with.  

Cable Chest Flys

Cable Chest Flys

  The lighting in the gym most often is great for checking on your physique however is challenging for taking photos. This was a public gym so I shot without a flash. It made for a fast low key session but I paid for it in post processing when it came time to edit my images.  

Cable Tricep Extensions

Cable Tricep Extensions

How about you? Heve you taken any gym photos? When did you take yours, and did you use a flash? Let me know in the comment section. If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also you can follow me on Instagram links located above.

Pregnant?!? When to take maternity photos.

So your preggers and want to book a maternity session.  

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    A majority of photographers will recommend any time around the 30 week mark. However taking my fiances advise she says,

"it is a personal choice, a mother should feel comfortable, and beautiful. Those feeling come through in the photographs. Every woman is different, and some baby bumps can grow rather quickly. If you wait for the third trimester you just may not feel confidant in front of the camera." 

    My fiance felt most comfortable towards the end of the second trimester. By then the baby bump was now a belly, her fatigue in the begining had began to subside, and she really had the mommy to be glow.

    How about you? Have you had maternity photos taken? When did you take yours, and what was your expierence like? Let me know in the comments section. If your new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also you can follow me on Instagram links located above.