Physique photoshoot (2) and photoshoot tips from Kelly Rennie

Here we are with two days to go til my first bodybuilding comp. After a four-day carb-deplete (during which time I totally forgot both my bank card PIN numbers, cut through my finger and left my engagement ring on a piece of gym equipment), I’m tucking into a blissful bowl of oats and getting ready to pack my bags for Sunday’s comp.

On Wednesday, I had a photoshoot with Dale Strickland-Clark of Immortaleyes Photography (also on Facebook.). You may recall I had a shoot with him months ago after my initial 8-week body recomp gym challenge. Those photos (or some of them) are here.

Dale very quickly turned around some images from Wednesday’s shoot (thank you, Dale!) and so I thought I’d share some of them here.

This is only the second time I’ve done a shoot like this so I am far from any kind of expert in the matter. Dale told me what to do, where to stand, how to pose and what expression to have on my face. So, to make this post useful (since I thought there may be some of you out there interested in fitness modelling, or preparing for a shoot of your own), I asked Kelly Rennie to give her top tips for fitness photoshoots.

Kelly is a successful figure competitor and popular fitness model – she won the most recent World Sports Model Agency competition.

Here’s what Kelly had to say:

“Before I go on a photoshoot, I always write a check list, as the last thing you want to happen is arrive at a shoot without something essential.

Book your tan, hair, makeup well in advance and have a backup plan if possible.

Spend time doing your research on the photographer’s portfolio as you want to make sure that your photos turn out great.

Research what look you are going for in terms of poses and get some examples over to the photographer so he knows what your looking for with the shoot. Discuss everything in detail, so the day goes with ease.”

Thanks Kelly (and congratulations on your most recent sponsorship deal with Optimum Nutrition). And thank you, Dale!

I’ve got a pretty full day today (having already been up since 5:30am for my local business networking group!). I’m not training, but might pop into the gym just to say bye to the guys there. I need to prep my food (carbs!), walk into town to pick up last minute bits and bobs for the weekend, I must burn my posing routine music onto CDs, I need to pack my bags and I want to get at least two sessions of posing and routine practice in. Then of course I want to watch the Murray/Nadal match, and chill out with my feet well and truly up.

Please all wish me a long and restful night’s sleep tonight. I’ve been sleeping absolutely horribly all week.

If you want to follow my Tweets from before, during and after the show on Sunday, follow @thefitwriter on Twitter. I’ll do my best to update as often as I can!

Physique photoshoot (2) and photoshoot tips from Kelly Rennie is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.

19 Responses to Physique photoshoot (2) and photoshoot tips from Kelly Rennie

  1. Juliet says:

    Man, you make me wish I did a photo shoot before my comps (why didn’t I?)

    ONLY A FEW DAYS!!!! How are you feeling?

    PS I totally plan on following you via twitter like the creep that I am.


    • thefitwriter says:

      Hey, I’m feeling good actually! Very tired but have been sleeping so badly. I think I’m going to try to nap this afternoon between posing and routine practice! Feeling the effects of my carbs already πŸ™‚


  2. TWO DAYS!! Ahhhhh how insane!

    Your pics look AMAZING. Your muscle definition and fullness is just — wow. Beautiful.


  3. ilovefetacheese says:

    WOWWW looking amazing, good luck at your competition!!!!!


  4. Hey!
    I just popped in to say very best of luck for Sunday. I’m glad I’m not up there this year because you’d wipe the floor with me – and most of the other girls in the BNBF/NPA this year!
    Your condition is to die for and very few women get any form of lines in their glutes (my cellulite doesn’t count!) so you have clearly worked hard.
    Stand up there, be confident, enjoy every second, because believe me, you’ll never understand how quickly it goes, until it’s over…
    Enjoy the scoff after you’ve got numero uno trophy in your hand!
    Flick xx


  5. Wendy says:

    Beautiful and Buff, girl!!!

    Having just been treated to a brilliant sneak preview of the posing and routine – you look and were AMAAAAZZZZINNNGGG.

    You’re going to knock their socks off! xx


  6. Good luck good luck good luck! You look truly amazing!


  7. april says:

    You look gorgeous!!! Good luck!!!


  8. Kat Millar says:

    Oh wow, it’s feeling so real and close now. You have such lovely friends and supporters, there are so many people who will be cheering for you – in person or in spirit.

    This really truly is it Nic – your big moment! All that hard dieting, all that hard training. That in itself is a great reward – along with the body that you are currently enjoying. But all the fun and excitement is about to begin πŸ™‚

    Flick is so right – it does go very very quickly, such a super high and you will be buzzing for a long time!!

    You’ve been truly one of the most compliant and organised clients I’ve ever had and continue to amaze me!!

    Have I mentioned that I really really really can’t WAIT to see you on stage? Haha, I’m like a kid before christmas / Frankie before his walk πŸ™‚ And the lead up and aftermath will be SO fab as well!



    • thefitwriter says:

      Ah thanks for your enthusiasm as well as everything else! I hope to do you proud! XX
      PS I’d laugh if you really were like Frankie before his walk. Big stretch (“up down” and “down dog” like in yoga) a massive over-dramatic, squealing yawn, and a frantic clatter around the kitchen (despite me standing in one spot with his harness).


  9. Pinky says:

    You look extraordinary. Really. I am in awe. xx


    • thefitwriter says:

      “Extraordinary”! I like that πŸ˜€ Thanks MsMoss xxx Hope you enjoyed your run today.

      PS I will look a lot more extraordinary – perhaps not in a way you’d like – with my tan on. Ha ha!


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