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I've recently started shooting some fitness-centric concepts the past few months and I've really enjoyed it. Fitness has been a part of my own life for as long as I could remember. I'm super glad that I grew up in the 80's like I did....

matty_3.1.11_ 314 I photographed Stephanie a couple weeks ago. She contacted me and said she wanted to submit some photos for Maxim Magazine's 'Hometown Hotties' contest. It's a contest Maxim holds every year, girls from around the country submit there photos. A large bunch of those make it to the magazine for readers to view and vote for their favorite. So, that leaves Stephanie and I to take some fun and sexy/cute images. Unfortunately, the PNW in the middle of March doesn't really lend itself to warm, outside shooting situations. That meant we had to fall back on shooting in and around my studio, which worked out just fine.

  Light, you know... that stuff we need reflecting off of everything around us to see. It's awesome, but... it doesn't tell nearly as good of a story as the shadows. Of course without light, you'd just have shadow, a black image, so I'm talking about a good mix of the two, it's that heavy contrast between light and dark that I'm in love with. Just as much as I need the light in my shots, I need those shadows. In my mind, it's not the light that tells the story of an image, it's the shadows, the parts we can't see. It carves out the subject, showing shape, telling a story all in it's own. Sure, super bright, over exposed images are great for making people's skin and faces look nice and clean, but it's boring. I want some character, I want the person to be etched in their true form, not hidmatty_6.20.10_ 154den in bright, over exposed images. I'm always looking for ways to bring deep, dark shadows into my images. I believe it tells the best story, it makes people stop and look at it. Obviously, there will always be exceptions to the rule, I will shoot bright, happy images when it's called for, but my preference is like the image below.