Alexis Cuarezma is a San Francisco – based sports photographer, who specializes in both on-location and in-studio portraiture. In this video Alexis walks us through his photo shoot with IFBB Bikini Pro, Ashley Pfaff, providing a great sense of the process. He begins with the mood board and guides us to the final result, explaining his lighting choices and techniques.
Alexis traveled to Vegas to meet with his client and conduct a photo shoot. He was on a very tight schedule the day of, as Ashley had to fly back to Florida that same evening. Alexis worked fast and did not allow the time constraints to influence the result. He traveled from location to location creating strong and picturesque shots.
Fitness athletes train extremely hard and also have an extraordinary dedication and commitment to their craft and a very strict diet. Photographing Ashley the day after the competition was such a great opportunity. She wanted to shoot inside City Athletic Club in Las Vegas, which I was familiar with, as I photographed Janet Layug and Phil Heath there for Gifted Nutrition last year during Olympia.
I planned out a really ambitious mood board with a lot of different looks. I drew ideas and inspiration from other shoots I’ve done in the past. I was really excited because once you know what you’re going to create, you have a solid foundation for your day and can progress forward with executing your vision. I knew we would shoot outside (with no power) and also indoors later on, where we were to shoot in about 3-4 different rooms in the gym. This all played a factor in the gear I decided to use.
Personally, I am mesmerized by the use of the canned haze and water in spray bottles. What a wonderful effect it creates! It immediately adds so much depth and mystery to the image. Not to mention some great lighting skills Alexis possesses. I particularly note the up lighting, which emphasizes the character and adds a flare of surrealism.
You can find more information about this shoot on Alexis’ blog.
For more work, you can visit Alexis' website.
Images used with permission of Alexis Cuarezma.