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