My Photo shoot with Picturegroove Photography & Monica Brant
Last summer, I had the amazing opportunity to shoot with Sarah Lyons of Picturegroove Photography, in Las Vegas at the Mr Olympia. Sarah and I had been talking about shooting together for a long time, but as we lived in different cities and both travelled a lot, it had been difficult to schedule prior to this. The experience turned out to be well worth the wait.
Sarah was also shooting Body By Brazil active wear that weekend. The timing worked out so well that Sarah showed some images of me to Janine Brazil, the designer and organized for me to model some of her beautiful outfits. It got even better than this!! International fitness icon Monica Brant was part of the project also, and I got the opportunity to spend and entire day getting to know her while having our hair and makeup done and as we spent the day on set.
We all met up at Sarah’s house very early 0n the Sunday morning after the Olympia show. We had hair and makeup done by Michelle Jean-Pierre of Beauty n’ Bronze. This was yet another pleasant surprise, as I knew Michelle when I lived in Canada and we competed together at what was my very first WBFF show back in 2008.
Once everybody was glommed up, we drove 40 minutes into the desert to Nelson Ghost Town. It was a great location unlike any I had ever shot at before. It was a very tiny tourist town with only one convenience store/ cafe. They had a room we used for costume changes and to rest in between looks. It was an extremely long day and very hard work shooting out-doors in the desert heat. It was especially hard for Sarah Lyons however, because while the models had long breaks to change, and took it in turns, she was out in the blazing hot sun the entire time.
I didn’t compete in any shows in 2016, but having photoshoots to work towards served as a fantastic way to motivate myself to train hard and work towards a goal. Being a life-long competitive athlete, I am highly goal oriented when it comes to training. I love training for a particular event and am always striving to improve each year. This year my ‘prize’ was to be featured in Oxygen Magazine right next to my idol Monica Brant!!
Check out the video clip below which features the highlights from the day!!