Tips for preparing for a post-bodybuilding competition photoshoot

Post-competition fitness photoshoots

Competing in a bodybuilding show is a major accomplishment. It takes months of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. You’re putting your body and mind through intense stresses and strains, to come out of the other side fit and in competitive condition ready to take on the world on stage. 

Our company founder Collette is a competitive bodybuilder, who has several medals and titles under her belt. She’s as well placed as anybody to understand the graft that goes into hitting your peak condition and the dedication you need to have to get up and put yourself under the competitive spotlight.

After all the hard work that you’ve put in, you deserve to celebrate your success whatever your placing with a post-competition shoot, and perhaps consider capturing the journey with professional video along the way.

Whilst you will undoubtedly be captured by photographers when you’re competing, it’s important to understand that you won’t always be captured in your best light. Bodybuilding shows have historically different lighting set-ups than you would have when shooting in a studio or gym, intending to flood you with light, intending to highlight the physical attributes that competitors have built while also bearing all your imperfections too. There really is no hiding once you’re up on that bodybuilding competition stage

Flood and spotlight stage-style lighting can leave you feeling a little disappointed when you finally get your hands on copies of the photography. This is more than enough incentive to partake in a proper post-competition fitness photography shoot on your own terms, with the help of a dedicated and attentive photographer. 

A post-comp photoshoot is a great way to commemorate your hard work and show off those hard-earned gains and low body fat, then use the images you receive to share the pinnacle of your journey with others. This may just inspire somebody else to follow in your footsteps and reach for their own fitness goals. 

Female on a fitness photography photo shoot posed insde a gym location.

Tips for preparing for a post-comp photoshoot

If you’re thinking about having a pre- or post-comp fitness photoshoot, then think about what you want to achieve. Is it something to share on social media or perhaps your professional website? Is it something you might want to frame as an artistic visual representation or memento of your physique? Here are five of our best tips when considering a post-competition photoshoot. 

1. Choose a suitable location.

The location of your photoshoot is important. You want to choose a location that is flattering to your physique and that reflects your character or training style. 

Some great locations include in the gym that you honed your physique in, or choose from one of our many partnered gyms in Yorkshire. You could choose a cool outdoor location, such as a beach, park or even on top of a city building showing a sprawling metropolis behind you. Or, alternatively, why not get into a professional photography studio and have a photographer capture you in a minimalist setting – this way, YOU are the only focus of the photography, and there’s nothing that can take your audience’s eyes away. 

2. Plan your poses.

Once you’ve chosen a location, it’s time to start planning your poses. Think about the poses that showcase your physique the best. You can practice beforehand or work with a photographer who can help you pose, and project the confidence and charisma that got you up on stage in the first place. Ideally, that photographer will have experience on stage, and being in front of the camera as well as behind it. 

The poses you use will depend on the location you’re in; if you’re in the gym then you’ll use a lot more equipment to showcase your gains. If you’re outside or in the studio, then you might perform more of a flex pose, or with some props. We have lots of gym equipment in our Yorkshire studio for you to utilise.

3. Wear the right outfit.

The outfit you wear for your photoshoot is important. You want to choose something that makes you feel confident and that flatters your physique, which in turn will present a much more inspiring image when you receive your photos. As it’s a post-comp shoot, you may want to wear your competition attire, perhaps. 

Remember to bring along a selection of outfits, which will help your photographer to deliver a good variety of images to you. You’re investing in a great service with immense benefits, and bringing a selection of outfits will give you greater value out of the experience. 

Whatever you choose, make sure it enhances your features and highlights your hard work. 

4. Bring props.

Props can add depth and visual interest to your photos. You can bring workout equipment to illustrate the activities that helped you to build your physique, or if you were successful at the competition then you should absolutely bring along your medals, or trophies. 

Anything that helps to reflect your bodybuilding journey will help greatly, and again it allows for a much greater variety of content that you’ll receive when your photographer delivers pictures.

5. Involve others.

You may want to share your photoshoot experience with your family, friends, or fellow bodybuilders. Inviting them to join you in the shoot can make it more fun and a more memorable experience. 

If you have young children, they may love to get involved by being lifted high above your head as you show off your immense strength. 

Having others with you, particularly those that are special to you, will bring out your natural personality and breed a happiness that really shines through in the final images.

Remember, a post-comp photoshoot is not only about showing off your gains, but also about celebrating your dedication, perseverance, and passion for bodybuilding. Have fun at the shoot and it will more than come through in the end results.  

Ultimately, a post-competition photography session is all about you and the journey you have come on, and can extend your post-competition high to way beyond the show itself. The images your photographer will capture will allow the moment to last forever and will 100% inspire others to consider their own health and fitness goals. 

Bodybuilding Heritage

Our principal photographer Collette Evans isn’t just any photographer. She is a bodybuilding title holder who’s currently prepping for her own 2023 competition journey. She knows the dedication needed to achieve great things up on the stage, and this experience puts her in the unique position of truly understanding your mindset when you step out in front of the camera, wherever you do it. 

Here at Picture Perfect Photography, we have gained rave reviews for Collette’s ability to capture the human body at its best, and her ability to put her subjects at total ease. Her work inspires confidence and delivers amazing results for bodybuilders and other fitness fanatics that she works with. 

Every fitness photography shoot starts with a discovery call or message, where Collette will listen to your objectives, and offer her own helpful advice on how to get the best out of the shoot. To maximise on the shoot time, you will go into the session armed with an ideal shot list and plan, and Collette may take an opportunity to capture some great spontaneous images, depending on the setting or the lighting. By doing this, you can focus on the important stuff, which is capturing you in all of your post-comp glory. 

Whether you need a one-off photography session, or you’ve got a few competitions lined up and you think you’d benefit from a regular monthly session Via our ultimate fitness photography package, then Picture Perfect Photography has the package to suit your budget. By signing up for a subscription deal, you’ll receive amazing exclusive offers and discounted extras. 

If you have a competition coming up and want to celebrate the achievement with a photoshoot then simply book a discovery call via the link below. Alternatively, why not drop us a message on WhatsApp at 07458099039 or give us a call on 01226872517 and get booked in. 

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