I am not a fan of blogging, but I am certainly a fan of stories. Those of you who know me know I love to talk, and that is an understatement. We start this story with my joining Westminster Strength and Conditioning (WSC) in December of 2017 to rehab a torn bicep after a surgery in November after an ACL surgery just 8 months prior. I knew several people who went to Beau and Angie’s gym and who were prophets, and so I took the leap; a leap that led to me to a very cool place. This story is not about me, though, but about WSC and a gym environment unlike anything that I have experienced before (after a lifetime in gyms). It is at this point in the story that I stop calling WSC a “gym,” because what it really is, honestly, is a community. WSC is a community of like-minded people, who, for the most part, are just trying to make themselves better using weights– lots and lots of weights. Whether you are a 25 year old athlete or a 70 year old person trying to walk up and down steps after a hip replacement, the common goal is to get and be better using strength training. The physical structure that houses this community of people has no mirrors, no air conditioning, barely any heat, and has rooms that look like something out of SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION. Seriously. But it is in these stripped down spaces that a community comes together every day to lift again and again under the guidance of the leader, the tone-setter, the beating heart behind the enterprise, and the voice behind the beard, Beau Bryant, who not only believes in making people better, but lives it.
I am a storyteller. You might know me as the guy behind the camera at WSC.
First and foremost, thank you to everyone that came out and sat for me for this fun-filled, freezing project. Was it cold?
Thank you Molly, Gailynn, Brianna, Erica, and Kenzie for returning to let me photograph you again and thank you first timers, Stephanie, Rebecca, and Abby for taking a chance and believing in my insane ideas.
I love the collection and had a fabulous time.
Now that the formalities are out of the way…
When it is really, really cold out, how do you shoot? Simple answer: Dress like we live in Maine, stop your crying and let’s roll. The best temperature over 10 days was 45 degrees. It also snowed one day and for two of the shoot days the temps in the sun were 11 and 12 degrees with -2 and -4 degree wind chills. It was fingers falling off from holding the camera freezing — and yet we prevailed.
Keep in mind this is not a boutique set up. Everyone did their own hair and make-up; they brought their own clothes; and the results for run-and-gun sessions (in the spirit of last year’s Gentleman of Jiu Jitsu sessions) are unreal. Seriously, look at the pictures…
Where are you going with this?
Enjoy the pictures and take a look at the website. I think that you will agree that the quality of these photos is right up there with pricier photographers. You can see my education in film and the caliber of my equipment in the results.
If I can do this in Antarctica-type temperatures, imagine what can be done when you are not freezing to death! 🙂 Give us a like on Facebook or a follow on Instagram.
Have a great 2018!
What initially was intended was to capture Molly in the fall time foliage up at Mount St. Mary’s U. with Molly as the subject… but we were about a week or two to early. Either way it turned into a fun practice day with her roommates. Posing and capturing multiple people can always be tricky. Thanks, Molly and friends!