The restart of her fitness journey.
Miss S. and I have been friends for some time now. We did a mini-fashion session back in the spring that went really well. We’ve chatted a few times about doing a sunrise fitness session from time to time but there was always something that got in the way like conflicting schedules. Until recently.
Miss S. is a member of the fitness community, as the title suggests. She has been involved in the lifestyle for a while and was a fitness competitor until recently. While she has hung up her posing bikini, she’s still active as a trainer. Which brings us to the reason for this session.
Anyone in the game will tell you there’s 2 seasons when it comes to fitness competitors – Off season and On. When you’re in the season you’re working at your peak in an effort to look your best for shows. Diet’s strict, the workouts are extreme and every little detail is scrutinized. They are literally paying attention to that last 1 percent body fat.
During the off season things are different. Meals aren’t so limited, people go into bulk phase, et cetera. They aren’t as lean and cut as when they are peaking for a show. They are still in great shape.
It’s the same for most of us, if you think about it. We get into better shape when summer’s getting closer and we tend to gain a few pounds during the Holiday season.
Miss S., after taking a break, is getting back into a more fit state. She’s not getting back into competitions, this is for herself.
No, she is not at the same fitness point that she was in her past. She fully acknowledges that fact in these images. She has a few extra pounds. She actually chose images that shows this to be included in this set.
Can I just take a moment here to say how much I admire that? She could have easily skipped those poses during the session. She could have passed over those images again during review. She didn’t. She literally told me to stop during the review and said she wanted that image done for the gallery. That takes guts, my friends.
She wants to document the journey to show progress but also to show that fit doesn’t mean 3 percent body fat. Fit comes in many levels. We all should embrace ourselves and what we are and not admonish ourselves for not being at a certain combination of height, weight, and body fat composition.
She, like I, also wants to encourage and inspire people to start their own fitness journey. This is the starting point for her. There will be more photo sessions coming in the future as she works towards her goals. We get to watch her develop and be there with her. we can share in her victories.
Most of all, hopefully, we’ll be working along with her, reaching our own goals. No solo journey, no matter how epic, is as great as when there’s someone there to experience it with you.
Even better – contact me today so we can start your fitness documentation or to show off your hard work.
I’ll wrap this up with some words from Miss S. herself.
“It was a really good experience. I learned a lot about posing and how lighting works as well as how my body looks on camera. I would recommend doing a beach shoot for anyone wanting to challenge themselves, step out of their comfort zone, provide their significant other with unforgettable pictures, or even just for fun! And of course you’re a joy to work with.”
Mark Knopp is a Virginia beach-based portrait photographer with over 25 years of experience in the business. Contact him today for your portrait needs at firstname.lastname@example.org.