I’ve never been one to be naked. I know the word “naked” might mean something different to others. Feeling naked might mean you’re vulnerable to emotions. Feeling naked might mean you have literally lost your clothes. To me, naked means striping away the fabric to show what I have put hours into. Literally hours at the gym, daily, for over 10 years. Agreeing to do a nude fitness photography shoot puts a whole new meaning to “I workout to look good naked.”
I’m not going to lie, I was scared and nervous about the experience. The photographer, Mark Ruddick, did an excellent job of explaining what was involved, the things I needed to bring, and what was to be expected. I believe the photographer can either make or break a photoshoot like this. I was fortunate enough to work with Mark, a well-established photographer in London, Ont., who has photographed many athletes, and people of all shapes and sizes.
Mark said he had never photographed a powerlifter before. I wanted the photos to be a bit different than the typical bodybuilder photographs. I spend most of my training in a back squat or deadlift, I wanted him to capture those movements.
Whether you workout, train, compete or not, the human body is a piece of artwork. These photos are a representation of the accumulation of work that I put into my body to compete in 2017.
Photo courtesy of Mark Ruddick