Be humble, credit everyone!
Growing up I’ve always been humble and naturally I always credit people for the things they do for me or anyone at that. Everyone should be able to live simple and stay humble in times of greatness and to be kind to everyone who passes by. It’s easy to get side tracked with your own life, but you need to remember to take a step back sometimes and remember those who’s helped paved your way (directly and indirectly) and those who have opened the door for you, Both literally and figuratively. But of course, be careful not to be too humble and sell yourself short. That is for another day and another discussion.
Human anatomy and athletic movements have always been my forte.
Especially in kickboxing. As a short guy, I’ve always had to come up with creative ways to overcome height deficiency so naturally stuff looks cool when I do it. Look I’m not a hypocrite, I am humble but we have to acknowledge ourselves also! I’ve also always been into a lot of sports and am one of those people who just pick apart every motion, every angle, trying to understand the impact of one motion at a certain angle and speed.
At art school I studied anatomy extensively to become a 3-D sculptor and I also studied the mechanics of human movement for my focus on animation. I’ve never abandoned the things I’m good at, I try to utilize it in other ways when I move on.
In my first shoot, I was extremely nervous.
A few years ago my sister Sinde competed in NPC Bikini Body Building and told me I should get into fitness photography. I stayed away from that field because of all the vanity I assumed came with it. Essentially I was being an arm chair observer. The kind of people who sits around and assumes. A bit harsh, but those who are ignorant.
I thought I won’t live up to expectations. When I first met Christine, my first fitness model, she was super shy and humble. She was the sweetest. She said to me that every time she gets on stage, she puts on a mask to overcome the shyness. I hear her repeating those words in my head a lot, but I can’t remember those exact words. Many of my clients have felt the same way.
Everyone has a story of why they do it, but those who sit outside and look in only sees one thing. Vanity. But how I see it now, these types of things empower you and gives you confidence. As a photographer, I try my best to flatter them with my work. I’m aware this is one view among many, so leave a comment below if you have objections to what I’ve said or have more to add!
I thank all these people who I’ve mentioned. They are all the chivalrous people who’s opened the door for me. These are just a few photos of Christine in my first “fitness” shoot. It is more of a glamour shoot to be honest.