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Old 12-27-2005, 10:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am asking this here because I have seen a few postings in the past of images of female body builders.

I would like to try shooting some images along these lines, but I haven't found any models with the appropriate physique in my area either here or on any other model places that I use from time to time.

Can anyone tell me how you go about finding body builder models? I have never ben very comfortable with asking anyone on the street, male or female for that matter, to model for me. All of the shooting I have done has been with people I have found on the model sights or who have heard about me via word of mouth and contacted me.

Thanks for any help,

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Old 12-27-2005, 11:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have been shooting female FITNESS COMPETITORS as of late. One of the classes one competes in is the body building class. Now, she does not have the huge mass some of these ladies build to, but muscular nonetheless. After I shot Jodie (pictured below and a member here) she referred me to her friend, who referred me to another and so on. I have now shot 3 and have 3 more on the books for January. You may consider a test shoot with one, and provide her with some prints to "market YOU". My thought is if you offer her a free or discounted shoot with the condition she tells other she paid $XXX.XX, the rewards can be great down the road. The key would be finding the ONE that is willing to work for and with you...

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Old 12-27-2005, 11:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Beautiful shot Bobby. Strength and softness in one. That is kind of what I am interested in.

Thanks for the information.


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Old 12-27-2005, 11:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You're in Charlotte, home to one of the biggest joint NPC and IFBB shows in the states, and a higher than average physique competitor population.

Put your salesman's hat on, go into a gym with a fist full of cards, and talk to the guy or girl at the front counter. Tell them that you're looking for a model or two, and ask to leave some cards on the counter (and if perhaps they could point your cards out to those that they think likely to respond). If you know someone that is a gym member, even better. Have them take your card in and socially advvertise you (most gyms frown on overt unapproved solicitation.

You'll get nibbles, bites, and cautious algae tests - the BB community is a pretty tight-knit subculture, and tales abound (many true) about shooters taking advantage of competitors. Be honest and forthright, and you'll get what you're looking for, though you may need to tolerate a bit more "justification of your existance" than you're normally accustomed to.

After you make a couple happy, as Bobby said, you'll be as busy as you want to be.

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Old 12-27-2005, 11:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Visit your local Golds Gym... or
I know a couple of fitness models listed here.
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Old 12-27-2005, 04:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Jon,
Dang it, I love that shot of Wendy.
Good stuff.
How's things in the fitness world as of late in your neck of the woods?
We should talk about me covering some of the Alberta ladies for you. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]


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Old 12-27-2005, 09:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Depends on how 'hard' of a look you want. I have a fitness physique, an ex-bodybuilder turned fitness competitor turned workout enthusiast...

I could probably point you to a few non-models who still compete and might also be interested..Feel free to message me with your ideas and I'll do what i can to refer you!

Nice to hear our muscular physiques are still appreciated!

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Old 12-27-2005, 09:56 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks Craig!

Things are busy...

Yes we should. I'll be up near your parts hanging out around Canada Day... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

Great shot of Tennille! Hope to see her as well.


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Old 12-27-2005, 09:56 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Daryl,

I would suggest going tothe NPC website to see what shows are in your area. Their website is www.npconline.com. Go the night before the show on Friday when they do weigh-ins, etc. You should have in Cahrleston or Charlotte a VERY big show in April Its called NPC Jr. USA's. It will be bringing many of the top National level girls that will be going up fore their pro cards. With figure...you should have no problem finding someone to shoot. Just becareful on Fri. since most are depleted and tired, so keep the conversation short and on the target. Bring cards and be legite when you approach the girls. If you have a few samples of your work, bring it. We don't have time to check the websites, etc to see if we would work with you.

We are kinda vain...we like to have out pictures taken when we are in contest shape.

You might also want to throw a post up over at MuscleMayhem.com that you are looking for a few girls to shoot.

Good Luck!!
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Old 12-28-2005, 07:30 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Hello Peggy,

Thanks for the information. I will be sending you a private message.

I looked at your portfolio and you have some really beautiful work.

Thanks again,
Daryl
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