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This past summer I got a call from friend and fellow photographer, Eli Meri Kaplan, asking if I would mind helping him on a personal project he was working on. Of course I said yes, so I showed up camera in hand ready to be a light stand or whatever else he needed. I ended up shooting a few behind the scenes images and today, Eli posted the final images on his blog, here.
I really enjoyed being on set with Eli. It was very inspiring to see others take creative risks and try something new.
In my last blog post I posted a single image from a recent shoot with trainer Vinson Huynh in Washington D.C. As a follow up, I’ve asked Vinson a few questions about what motivates him to work as hard as he does.
VH: I received my personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as well as my corrective exercise and fitness nutrition specialist certification. I have over two years of personal training experience. I specialize in helping people lose weight, building muscle and prepare for triathlons/marathons.
I have a Bachelors of Arts and Science in biology, nutrition, and chemistry from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. I received my Masters of Science in chemistry from the University of Oregon.
I worked for Bodysmith Personal Training for one and half years in Washington DC, and now I am currently a trainer at Equinox Tysons Corner in McLean, VA.
VH: It’s a rewarding career. To see the results in front of you is a great satisfaction. I wanted a career that I would love and where I could see other people appreciate what they can do. I think the gym is such an amazing environment. It’s a place to see what you can do, and what limitations you can overcome physically and emotionally.
JHansonPhoto: Dispel one myth about working out.
VH: One myth about working out with a personal trainer is people will believe once you work with a personal trainer that all your problems are solved. It is a team effort. The client needs to understand that losing weight, or building the body you want is a journey. It does not happen in three to four weeks. It takes months! Everyone is different, and so is their journey.
VH: I draw inspiration based on what I read, watch, and hands-on workshops. Fitness is not a “one-size” fits all. Everyone was born with different genes, and it’s my job to educate my client’s in an effective way, in the shortest time possible so they can reach their fitness goals injury free.
VH: I like to read fitness magazines from Men’s and Women’s Health to MuscleMag. I also read various journals regarding nutrition and exercise science. The best part about working with Equinox so far is how supportive everyone is and how knowledgeable they are. For them to share their experience with me is another way for me to stay current with fitness and nutrition.
Diamond Dixon, one our studio interns, sat for a few portraits with me yesterday. I will have a follow up post when I get my film back. I am currently working on new work and I am seeking portrait subjects. If interested, feel free to contact me. A special thanks to Diamond for her hard work in the studio and for allowing me to make some portraits of her.
I’ve been working a lot with artist Jay Royale over the last year. There is something really powerful collaborating with other artists who do totally different work and yet there is connection in the process of creating our work.
He released a recent mixtape, The Crown Royale Mixtape, you can download and listen to for free here.
With a bottle of Crown and my camera, we shot for a couple hours around Baltimore and then headed back to my studio to shoot some portraits. At the very end of our shoot, Jay walked over and poured himself another glass of Crown, giving us the cover.