Dade Freeman
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Body Builders Portrait

The white floor had been freshly painted, the lights were set up and ideas were flying through my mind. All I needed was the client ... and in he walked. My job was to sculpt him with light, but it was clear that he had been hard at it, sculpting himself in the gym, for some time. I could see his biceps almost squeezing through his shirt as we talked briefly before the shoot. He explained the kind of images he would like to submit to magazines and to have for his personal use. Time was short - we only had a couple of hours to play with and lots of ideas to get through, so we cracked on.

Bodybuilder Abdominals in colour
Bodybuilder Abdominals in colour

The general idea was for him to start fully clothed and then, as we went through the shoot, to reveal more flesh and bring in different props. For his first time in a professional studio, Marino did fantastically well, very confident, ego in check and prepared to try different things. He was a joy to work with and I was ably assisted by Bryan Jay, who offered his many years of experience.

We went through some typical poses, imitated some famous images and did some bodybuilder-style poses but, more importantly, we had fun - if you are not having fun you are not doing it right, and if you are not pushing yourself and the model then you are not trying hard enough.

Bodybuilder poses
Bodybuilder poses

I admit this was the first time I had ever walked away from a session quite SO happy - I knew I had loads of good images and I would like to thank Marino for making my job so simple and understanding my vision for the shoot.

The images themselves have actually had very little (if anything) done to them. In fact, some have simply been converted to black and white, but nothing has been added or taken away.

Bodybuilder Abdominals in black and white
Bodybuilder Abdominals in black and white

I am going to be working with Marino on other projects so watch this space for more images of that fantastic torso!