The 4th photo is merely a cell phone photo but it is of this photographer. I not only photo bodybuilders and competitive athletes, I am one. I don't just talk the talk, I walk the walk. It gives me insight into what it takes to compete. Do you think some over weight, out of shape guy with a camera, can relate, understand and create images like this? No they'll give you the same old cliched shots because they just don't understand us.
I call the first shot "Digging Deep" because it represents how there are times we have to dig deep inside to drag our tails out of bed on a rainy morning to train or turn down that pizza or beer when everyone else doesn't. But we get a result represented by the next photo, called "The Emerger." The large shadow represents the body before and then emerging from it is the new, fit body.
This is what I mean by my work has another layer of meaning.
The shot in front of the California State Capital was taken between the Capital City body Building Competition morning and afternoon shows. I'll bet of the 100 competitors, none have a shot in front of the Capital for which the show is named. Saturday afternoon has wedding parties photoing at the Capital and there were several annoyed grooms after their brides wanted a photo sitting on this bodybuilder's knee some leaving with Protan on their gowns. I provide an experience, not just photos and it's one he really got a kick out of and I'm sure he's still talking about it.
The fish eye shot is called "You're about to get your ass whipped old man" because it is what I saw a few minutes after I told those exact words to a guy with a belt that says welter weigh champion of the world. The ring and ceiling were distorted spinning and blood was flowing from my freshly modified nose.
If I had just bicycled at racing speed for 60 miles, all I could think of would by my screaming thighs and everything would be a blur. It is about the thigh with only it sharp and a highlight placed there before cell phone apps to plot sun position. Instead, estimating the time of arrival, taking a compass reading of the sun the day before, plotting where to stand on google maps to get in the right position nailed it. The thigh is sharp because of the combination of shutter speed and panning. An example of multiple skills coming together to produce an image you have never seen before.
I would love to provide you with photos that document your achievement and what it meant to you personally. After all your sacrifice and dedication, you deserve to record that physique, athleticism and display it in your home or at work to be able to see it and be inspired for your next goal or to inspire others. You have enjoyed watching it all come together, get it on your wall. Mine will be a 24 x 36 print.
Remember fitness athletes, you can't re-shoot in a month because the peak will be gone, so don't trust it to someone who can't deliver fantastic shots. You have worked too hard and spent too much time and money to entrust those shots to anyone but a master photographer- and someone who actually understands because he has lives it. Document the motivation and dedication and passion for your sport.
Athletes have a common thread, an intensity and the desire to excel and I love to capture that for all sports. Let me capture it for you.
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