2013 Olympia Weekend – Las Vegas, Nevada

I had the fortunate pleasure of flying to Las Vegas with the Inside Fitness Magazine crew for the Olympia weekend. I had pre-planned several photoshoots to do while in Vegas and ended up with a few more unscheduled, yet exciting shoots.

I had the opportunity to shoot with Fitness Model and Make Up Artist, Amanda Kotel in the Inside Fitness Suite at the Mirage Hotel. We shot her Hot & Fit Submissions using flash and natural light. The shoot went amazing and Amanda is a great model and really knows how to pose well.


Here’s a sneak peek of a shot of Amanda Kotel:




I was lucky enough to shoot three athletes at the City Athletic Club, an upscale gym in Las Vegas, just outside the main strip area. This was a really nice facility and the staff were amazing and helpful. The shoot started with Muscletech Sponsored athlete Marc Megna. Marc is in a league of his own, a great athlete, with an impressive history which includes professional football in the CFL and NFL.  Marc and I shot some cover try style pictures, and some fun shots in the crossfit training area.


Here’s a sneak peek of a shot of Marc Megna:

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Magnum sponsored athlete James Ellis was up next. This was the first time I had met James, other than seeing him in magazine features, covers and ads in the past. His experience showed during our shoot and we created some great shots that I would love to share but can’t just yet. James is also a genuine, and great guy, with an unbelievable physique.

Heres a sneak peek of James Ellis:

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Holly Barker, (also a Magnum sponsored athlete) came by with James Ellis, her beautiful hair & Make Up was done by Two Chicks & Some Lipstick. This was also my first time meeting Holly and she is stunning and in great shape. We got some amazing pictures and I definitely would love to work with her again!

Here is a sneak peek of a lighting test pic with Holly Barker (unedited):


I took a roadtrip with Arthur Arsenik of Arsenik Studios, and his assistant Jo Callingham, to a Ghost Town out in the desert. We took two beautiful models with us to do an outdoor shoot, Samantha Green and Jenna Renee. All I can say is WOW. The location was one of the best sets I have ever seen, and the two models were incredible! As hot, tired and thirsty as we were throughout the shoots. the opportunity and pictures made up for the taste of sand in my dry mouth lol. It was an amazing and long day and I CANNOT wait to show the end results… I will definitely shoot there again!

Here is a sneak peek picture of Samantha Green:

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and a sneak peek shot of Jenna Renee:

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I had a chance to swing by the busy expo and check out all the sponsors, athletes and cool booths.  Unfortunately, I never made it by all of them but from what I saw it was a great expo and quite busy.

Of course all good things come to an end, and after 6 days in Sin City, I got to come home and enjoy time with my beautiful wife Nichelle Laus and 4 beautiful sons. Nichelle had to stay back and teach classes at Battle Arts Academy, but we were married in Vegas 9 years ago so she will definitely be coming next year for the Olympia and to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. Oh, and lucky her, we got to shoot her a couple of days ago for some projects for Inside Fitness Magazine… Stay tuned for those…

For now you can see a behind the scenes pic of her :


I know, I’m a VERY lucky man!!!! 

Hope everyone has an amazing month in October, I will be REALLY busy getting all the edits done for the Inside Fitness Magazine Hot&Fit 100 contest. I also have a ton of shoots this month, mostly female models who are looking to submit to the contest before the November 1, 2013 deadline. Do you have your submission pics yet?

Take care and all the best!!  🙂



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