We had the perfect night to shoot Ben over at Biddeford Pool last week. Some clouds moved in just in time for sunset to make it a little interesting. It’s always nice when the sky cooperates but it doesn’t happen enough. It was a pleasure working with Ben. Here are some of my favorites from the shoot, enjoy!
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Surprisingly, this shoot with Devan was our first shoot at Biddeford Pool this season. A few things have changed since we’ve last been there but the main elements remained the same. I usually avoid in camera flare like the plague but I played with it a little bit. You’ll notice that in one of these images. I think it’s a good idea to step out of your self imposed boundaries once in a while. Enjoy the set!
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I was a little concerned about this shoot, I’m not going to lie. We were only going to have about half the time that I usually allow for these shoots since Eli had to be at work for a certain time. Not wanting to short change him or his mom, I ended up putting more hustle into moving around than I usually do. It turns out I was concerned for no reason and the shoot went very well after all. Having just shot here only a few weeks earlier, I had a general idea of what I needed to acquire for shots. At the same time though, I didn’t want the shoot to look all that similar to the previous shoot with Jonah. I think that in the end the shoots are fairly similar but all together different, which works for me. Here are a dozen of my favorites from the shoot.
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We went over to Pine Point in Scarborough for Isaac’s session last Sunday. It was a perfect night with just the right amount of sun. Aside from angering a nest of hornets and almost getting attacked, it went great. We missed out on the actual sunset over the water but I tend to do my best work once the golden hour has passed anyway so it all worked out in the end. These are some of my favorites from the shoot. Thanks for looking and enjoy!
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I’m pretty sure Logan and I knew what we were getting into when settling on this location but I’m not so sure my wife or his mom expected to be in for somewhat of a hike. Traversing over wet rocks, running water and trees with all my gear is never a brilliant idea but we managed to make it through unscathed; aside from Meghan coming away with a soggy shoe. Logan was a trooper and hung in there until the very end when I had just a couple more shots that I wanted to get…even if it was getting dark.
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Jonah kept us all amused as we worked our way around the Biddeford Mills during his shoot. If it weren’t for a brief encounter with security I’d say it went smooth like butter. The best part may have been hearing his “exploring” stories and learning that this was actually one of his stomping grounds. What you see here are some of my favorites from the shoot.
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I had my first senior shoot of the season last weekend with Owen; a senior at Thornton Academy. Owen plays for the football and hockey teams and has a varsity jacket representing both teams. The gold sleeves are used by the football team and the white sleeves are for the hockey team. He also has this really cool T-bucket that he helped his late grandfather build. I couldn’t wait to work that into the shoot! Here are some of my favorites from the shoot:
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I want to start with a disclaimer on Victorias behalf. Prior to this shoot, she had taken a 3 week break from the gym due to injury and hadn’t done any prep at all for the shoot. In her own words, she’s “a little fluffy here and out of shape”. I tried to convince her that her idea of fluffy was better than what most people consider to be in shape but I’m not sure she bought it. After seeing this post, I can only assume that you’ll concur with my belief.
When I say that she didn’t do any prep for this shoot, it’s no lie. We started discussing the idea on a Monday and we did the shoot that Friday. I mean, that’s barely enough time for her to figure out her outfits, let alone do any prep. Am I right? I think this proves two things here: 1- Victoria looks great, even in the off season and 2- You don’t have to be in the best shape of your life to do a shoot and come away with some great stuff.
Whenever I’m out fishing on the boat, I always end up picturing having a person on certain parts of the landscape and noticing locations that would be great for shooting. On a recent trip with my 5yo daughter I was able to play closer attention to the landscape and decided that I wanted to make it happen. The problem is I would need to find the right person who would be willing to spend some time out on the boat with a bunch of gear and be willing to head out into the great outdoors to traverse rock walls, walk in cold water, and swipe a spider or tic away if needed. The first person that came to mind (ok, the only person) was Victoria. Being heavy into the hunting, fishing and the outdoors in general I was hoping she was up for the task (I may have been wrong about the spiders). As luck would have it, she was more than willing to work with me. She was even able to enlist the help of her good friend Kelcey to come along and assist for the day. Thanks so much Kelcey, you were a big help.
I’m a firm believer in doing the personal work that you actually want to get hired for and that is the case here. All of the fitness stuff that I’ve done to date has been indoors and I wanted to switch things up to show what can be done in the outdoor realm. If you like what you see, please keep me in mind for you next shoot!
A huge thank you to Victoria for putting aside any self doubt (and a hiking trip) and spending the day with me!
Photoshoots aren’t my thing he said. The stage isn’t for me he said. I don’t have much muscle he insisted. Well, I can now report that Derek took home 2nd in the novice and 3rd in open for the men’s physique class at the OCB North Shore Natural event on Saturday.
Nikki contacted me about doing a surprise shoot for her husband Derek as he prepared to take the stage for his first event ever. She spoke with Scott over at Impact Fitness to see about having the shoot there and then we were able to nail down the time for the shoot to take place. Surprises are always a crapshoot. You just never know how the recipient is going to respond. I for one am not a fan of being in front of the camera so chances are I’d have the same reaction that Derek had when he found out about the shoot. Not being the showy or overly confident type, he was pretty apprehensive about doing the shoot. Apparently, Nikki suggested that they cancel the shoot at one point but I’m glad that he decided to go with it in the end. I think you’ll find that he did amazing for his first shoot and we already know he killed in at his first event. I also suggested that we dome some couple shots since they both were competing at the event. I’m glad that they were on board with the idea and I think they did great.
Last I heard, Derek was calling it quits after this one event saying it was just something on his bucket list. I have a feeling he’ll have a change of heart though and find his way back to the stage at some point. Here are some of my favorites from the shoot last week. Enjoy!
While you were out enjoying a nice Easter brunch or maybe lunch, Meghan and I were over at Impact Fitness making some magic with some amazing athletes. We were there to shoot some of the overall winners of the OCB Pine Tree State Bodybuilding, Figure & Bikini Championships held in Westbrook the day before. These are four of the six overall winners. You can see all six of the winners in the final image along with guest poser Mike O’Hearn.
I had a great time working with this group. Hopefully the shoot wasn’t too painful for these first time photo subjects.
Scott Fleurant puts on a great event on a yearly basis. If you are at all in involved in this sport, you should make it a point to get to one to see what it’s all about!
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Being a big lighting geek, I’ve always had the idea of strobing basketball in the back of my head. The problem was that most of the examples I’ve seen on the net didn’t really meet my expectations. We’ve all seen those NBA and college level shots that look amazing. Those arenas and the people shooting them however, leave the lights in place in the rafters and have them dialed in perfectly. That can’t be the case when shooting at the local level. You can’t get the lights in the rafters which means they are positioned at a much lower level. The problem with that is you must either bounce the lights in some manner or position them in a way that doesn’t interfere with the action on the floor but still do the job of lighting the court. It’s a very fine line that I’m still walking.
I’ve now strobed two different games and I’ve had some luck I guess. For this first game, I didn’t quite get it right. I wasn’t getting enough light onto the court which didn’t allow me to get my settings where I wanted them. You should be able to see a difference between the first and second game. This first image is an example of how it looks without the strobes, for reference.
This is the second game that I brought the lights out for. I positioned the lights a little better and got my settings to be closer to where I feel they should be. I do prefer this set over the previous set. There is still plenty of room for improvement, as always. Hopefully I can continue to better myself which results in better images for you.
Thornton Academy vs. Windham High School
Maine Class A Championship
Fitzpatrick Stadium- Portland, Maine
Thornton Academy: 35
Western Maine Class A Final 2014
Thornton Academy: 31
Bonny Eagle: 14
Western Maine Class A Semi Final Game
Thornton Academy: 50
The site that I normally post my games on is closing it’s doors in the very near future. So, until I figure out what I’m going to do from now on I’m going to use this space as my dumping ground.
Thornton Academy: 41
I recently had the pleasure of coordinating a shoot with Scott Fleurant at his facility, Impact Fitness Center. He recently moved locations into a newly built 6,000sq. ft. space located in Pepperell Center over in the Pepperel Mills Campus.
To get the project started I went down to meet with Scott and scouted out the facility to get an idea of what I wanted to do for the shoot. I came away with these quick shots of a couple areas of interest.
Shortly after the scouting trip, Scott was able to secure three athletes that were willing to participate in the shoot and a date was set. Here are the three individuals that were chosen:
Julia is from Old Orchard Beach and has been an avid fitness and athletic competitor for 17 years. Her athletic training and competing consists of figure skating, soccer, softball, ice hockey, and now fitness. She has been training just under a year for her first fitness competition at the OCB Pine Tree StateBodybuilding, Figure & Bikini Championships in Westbrook, April 12th. Julia will be showing in the figure debut, novice and open events. She also competes in the OCB Spirit of America in Carver, Massachusetts on April 19th. She is trained by Scott Fleurant, owner and founder of Impact Fitness Center and writes the health & fitness column for the Journal Tribune, Sunday edition.
Kristy has been a life long athlete and became a certified personal trainer after college. A few years later she found herself lost, just going through the motions of working out while training others to be in the best shape mentally, emotionally, and physically. A pageant client she was training convinced her to enter her first competition; the OCB Pine Tree State Championship, which was just 11 weeks away. She placed 5th in her first show and was hooked, competing in 5 shows during her first year. Here are her show results:
Battle of Boston Natural: 1st place Novice and Open A, 2nd place Main Event.
Cape Cod Classic: 1st Open A, pro card winner & best presentations.
IFPA Pro Bikini Yorton Cup: 4th
Kristy is currently training for her second IFPA Pro Bikini show, which will be in Minnesota on May 24th. She says that she couldn’t do it without her sponsors: Past and Present Auto, Portland Nutrition Corner, and Impact Fitness Center. She is very thankful for the support of her family, friends, and clients.
Eric started working out when he was 13 and has been doing so for 19yrs. now. He has been certified with the NSCA(National Strength and Conditioning Association) and is going for his level 1 Crossfit certification on May 17 & 18 in Canton, MA. Eric is currently training for his first power lifting competition this summer where he will be scored on his 3 heaviest/best lifts in the squatting, dead lifting, and benching categories. To quote Eric, “What I love about working out is always challenging myself do more and be better than I was the day before. Fitness isn’t a job for me, it’s my life.”
I want to take a moment to thank them all for putting up with my attention to detail and taking the time out of their busy schedules to do this. I also want to wish them luck in any coming competitions and or events. Get it!
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