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Bill’s Features the Muscle in Salt Lake City

by dav.d

I’ll admit one of my favorite subjects to photograph is the male physique. The work and dedication these athletes put into their fitness and nutrition is amazing. Six meals a day and several hours in the gym at nearly a daily basis is a lot of dedication. It isn’t easy and they deserve to look amazing in photography.

Using a garage for a portrait location

Using a garage for a portrait location

I had photographed Bill’s partner a while ago and we had a great time and the results turned out fantastic. So they called me up and wanted me to make Bill look just as good. Some lights and a camera don’t do him justice. I sound like I am objectifying them and probably so but at a professional level.

Most of these photos are going to be shirtless

Most of these photos are going to be shirtless

Everyone has a hobby that eats up most of their time. People who have chiseled physiques dedicate their lives in the gym. I spend my time with photography. We each have our calling in life.

Blond muscle in Salt Lake City

Blond muscle in Salt Lake City

We started our photo shoot in downtown Salt Lake City. I know of a few urban locations that work great for portraits. Brick, concrete, steep, graffiti, paint, there is something for everyone. Most of the photographs are going to be shirtless.

Sun and muscle

Sun and muscle

Urban locations for Bill's portraits

Urban locations for Bill’s portraits

It almost seems a law to use railroad tracks in portraits. I am sure they are overdone and I do it once in a while for a location. Always make sure you do it safe with train tracks. These have been abandoned so there is little to no chance of a train incident.

Yep, portraits on abandoned railroad tracks

Yep, portraits on abandoned railroad tracks

We then drove out to the Great Salt Lake. There is a haystack like formation on the way to Tooele and I’ve never shot there. The location has some water, mountains, and others for backgrounds.

Near a haystack landform by the great salt lake

Near a haystack landform by the great salt lake

I always permit unlimited outfit changes on photo shoots. Just remember that clothing changes can eat into the time we allot for photography. If we are doing an hour photo shoot that can be eaten away with multiple outfit changes but variety can trump time.

Muscle and camouflage pants

Muscle and camouflage pants

Male model by the great salt lake

Male model by the great salt lake

Dark and moody portraiture

Dark and moody portraiture

Bill then modeled several swimsuits on and in the Great Salt Lake. Switching from white to blue swim trunks. We used the sun behind the model to create a unique look. It isn’t often you have the sun in the photograph. We watch for sun flare and we have some amazing results afterwards.

White swimwear on the beach of the great salt lake

White swimwear on the beach of the great salt lake

Blue swim trunks and male model in the great salt lake

Blue swim trunks and male model in the great salt lake

Blue swim trunks and male model in the great salt lake

Blue swim trunks and male model in the great salt lake

Male model and the sun and the great salt lake

Male model and the sun and the great salt lake

Then we ended up in Delle, Utah. They have a motorcycle riding area and an abandoned bus. We photographed in around and on the bus. It is pretty cool and the sun was just turning golden and giving some beautiful light. We turned off the strobes and went natural light.

Showing off abs by an abandoned bus

Showing off abs by an abandoned bus

Thanks to Bill for picking me to be your photographer! And hopefully readers of the blog will enjoy the male eyecandy.

Sunflare and male model

Sunflare and male model

Abandoned busses are cool

Abandoned busses are cool

Bill models

Bill models

Almost done with the photo shoot

Almost done with the photo shoot

Sitting on the bus

Sitting on the bus

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