This summer I had the pleasure of meeting and shooting one of my favorite new clients, Rachel. She was recommended to me by another friend via Facebook (thans, Juan!), which goes to show that Facebook is good for something every once in a blue moon.
Assisting me would be one of my trusty lighting assistants (and fellow photographer) Alexis. Alexis and I met up with Rachel on a quiet and sunny Sunday at North Loop Fitness in downtown Minneapolis--a new gym that I have not shot in before. It was very wide open and lovely, immediately making the wheels in my brain turn for photo ideas:
I also wanted to say that since Rachel is sponsored by Quest Nutrition, she greeted/welcomed Alexis and me to a some delicious Quest protein bars! What new client does that?? :)
After setting up the lights and camera, I took some shots of Rachel doing some of her favorite exercises. One shot that we wanted to try was a female version of my "Epic Deadlift" shot that had gone viral in the bodybuilding circles:
I figured I'm allowed to rip myself off, or at least pay homage to the image without getting called out/mocked! But instead of doing a blatant copy, why not put a different twist to it and make Rachel's version her own? After doing a few shots of her actually deadlifting (which you'll see later in this entry), here's what we came up with:
Look closely at the picture above. As an artist, this composition is no coincidence. Look at the way I use environmental elements to compose the image in order to help move the viewer's eye around:
Here, not only do you see the classic triangle composition (red), but check out the leading lines (white) that lead directly to the subject. Had I moved my position (or hers), then the composition would have failed. Also note: the bright light source helps to balance the other two elements (Rachel and the barbell) of the triangle composition since bright sources of light attract the eye. On a similar note, the bright wall on the right side balances (helps divert the eye from) the weighty darks of the left side of the image. The black vertical supports in the background are also a great leading/connecting line for two of the triangle points.
And here are the rest of the finished photos from our shoot; all were shot with the Olympus OMD-EM5 with basically the same settings noted in the pics above, but I'll note which lens was used when you click:
In short, I had a great time working with and getting to know Rachel. She is a genuinely kind person who cares enough to check up on you just to say hi and see how things are doing. You can find out more about her on her personal training Facebook page here.
Special thanks to:
- Alexis Miller for the lighting assists
- Rachel's sister (Rebecca? I think that's her name!)
- Rachel's fiance Jake for the additional assists
- North Loop Fitness for the setting
- Camera body: Olympus OMD-EM5 with battery grip
- Lenses: Olympus 75mm/1.8, Panasonic 12-35mm/2.8, Panasonic-Leica 42.5mm/1.2
- Speedlights: Olympus FL-50R, Yongnuo YN560ii's and YN560iii's
- Stands: Manfrotto
- Modifiers: Promaster 43" white shoot-through umbrella, Promaster 40" 5-in-1 reflector, Westcott Apollo 28" softbox, Honl grids, Rosco gels
- Triggers: Yongnuo RF603ii's