Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sara Butler Turns Pro!

A big congratulations to physique competitor Sara Butler who captured her pro card at the 2012 USA's in Vegas. Whether on stage competing or in front of a camera modeling, Sara knows how to make it work.

Let's hope this dynamic muscle model continues to share her progress with her fans in the coming months and years.

See more Sara on Facebook and see her in action on YouTube.  

Sara Butler abs

Sara Butler flexing biceps

Sara Butler IFBB pro

Friday, July 20, 2012

Megan Avalon YouTube Channel

Megan Avalon - "Muscle Barbie" - is now on YouTube. Click here to visit Megan's channel.  

Megan Avalon fitness model

Monday, June 11, 2012

Anne Marie Swisher - Emerald Cup 2012

Another great shoot from the Emerald Cup weekend, Anne Marie Swisher. The 5-foot, 124-lbs competitor hails from Virginia, so definitely had a long road to travel for her Emerald Cup odyssey.

Go to YouTube to see a sample clip of Anne Marie in action.   

You can find more of Ann Marie at AthleticWomenMagazine.com.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Lauren Lillo - Emerald Cup 2012

Standing 5-9 and tipping the scales at a lean and muscular 142 pounds, Lauren Lillo definitely stands out in a crowd. Put her in front of a camera and it only gets better.

We had the good opportunity to spend some time working with her at the 2012 Emerald Cup. Following are some sample photos from our shoot.

You can see more Lauren, video and photos, at AthleticWomenMagazine.com.

See Lauren's sample video here http://youtu.be/N5BmmLOzYn8

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sara Butler - Muscle Model Extraordinaire At Her Flex Appeal

Physique competitor and muscle model Sara Butler - great physique and great model - fresh off competing in the 2012 Emerald Cup now featured at Her Flex Appeal.

Check out the Her Flex Appeal page at AMG-Lite with photos and video clips. See a sample video clip of Sara at YouTube.

Look for more Sara at Her Flex Appeal.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Lisa Giesbrecht RX Muscle Interview

The Emerald Cup is always one of the best shows on the calendar and with 2012 marking the 30th anniversary of the show and a return to its traditional home at the Meydenbauer Center, you knew this one would be a "must see" event.

We were lucky enough to catch up to buff Canuck pro bodybuilder Lisa Giesbrecht and do some work with her over the weekend, including fun at the Saturday expo.

One of the Saturday highlights: An interview with Lisa and fellow Canuck Sandy Avelar, a pro bikini competitor, with the RX Muscle crew. Listen to the interview here http://www.rxmuscle.com/videos/lifestyle/5475-beautiful-canadian-pros-lisa-giesbrecht-and-sandy-avelar-at-the-2012-npc-emerald-cup.html

You can see more of our work with Lisa on Her Flex Appeal.

bodybuilder Lisa Giesbrecht

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Muscle Model Industry Awards 2011

Members of the commercial paysite industry paid recognition to their peers and models in a variety of categories as follows.

Favorite Photographer 2011: GeneX in a landslide on this one. Almost every ballot included Gene as one of the favorites with most putting him at the top. His creative camera work continues to garner praise from his peers.

Next came another great shooter in DanRay. Dan is a tireless worker and seems to be everywhere at once.

Following Dan, the legendary BillDobbins, one of the all-time greats when it comes to shooting muscle models. If you've never seen Bill's work, you're missing out.

After Bill came Jeff Binns. Jeff continues to improve each year and it's great to see him earn recognition for his work.

Favorite Videographer 2011: SteveScibelli won this category for the second year in a row. Much like Gene does with the stills, Steve continues to pump out creative video work.

Following Steve, James Cook. Each year, James produces a body of work that blends quality and creativity.

Two HD Physique shooters, David Cooper and Joe Bayer, grabbed the next two spots. This is a testament to HD Physiques that both David and Joe earned the recognition of their peers in the industry.

Favorite Commercial Multi-Model Paysite 2011: Combine the favorite photographer with one of the favorite videographers and what do you get? FT Video as the favorite site.

Next came Muscle Angels, a nod to the feminine touch of Annie Rivieccio and the great perspective she brings to shooting muscle models.

After that, HD Physiques, again no surprise with both their videographers showing strong support in that category.

After HDP came KrivsStudio and Awefilms in a dead heat. This is a great showing for the KrivsStudio team and their dedication to their site. Awefilms of course features the outstanding work of Steve Scibelli.

Favorite Commercial Single-Model Paysite 2011: This category had the fewest voters casting their ballots. It seems the solitary model solo site is becoming somewhat of an anachronism.

Hands down, TanyaFit (Tanya Hyde) of the HD Physiques family came first. Next, Brandi Mae and then Aleesha Young.

It's worth noting that all three received strong support in the favorite model category, a good indicator that unless you have a solid brand name, making a go of a single-model site is a tough job.

Favorite Non-commercial Site 2011: This one went to AMG Lite. Perhaps not quite the PR hub as in days gone by, the site is still an excellent means for both individual models and large sites to receive promotion. Every muscle model out there should be taking advantage of this tool. Kudos to Andy for all the great work he's done over the years.

Next, Unreal Muscle, Sioux Country and then making their debut on the list, Krivs Studio Blog.

I'll make special mention of the blog because in my opinion, it's one of the best out there. Dean does an outstanding job of promoting and featuring the models and it's well worth a read.

Favorite Model For 2011: This one, just as with last year, was all over the map. The large number of models earning votes reflects the diverse directions of the industry producers. Still, a number of models received enough support from the producers to push them to the top of the list.

Leading the way, the buff and beautiful Erica Cordie. Interesting to note that in last year's voting, Erica grabbed honors as the top model that producers wanted to shoot in 2011. Apparently a number of them shot with her as she seems to have made a positive impression.

Following Erica, two great newcomers debuting on the list in Kashma Maharaj and Cassie Rowe. All I can say is check them out; you will not be disappointed.

Also earning strong support, LisaGiesbrecht, Aleesha Young and from somewhere in left field, new kid on the block Rachel Gilmore.

Model I Would Most Like to Work with in 2012: The winner for the second year running, once more the buff and beautiful Erica Cordie. I guess Erica really is all that. What better position for a model than to win not only the favorite model of the year, but also the model that producers most want to shoot in 2012? Go Erica!

Next came a most impressive Canuck, Jody Boam, followed by perennial fan favorite and producer favorite, the amazing Aleesha Young.

Idle curiosity prompted me to combine the votes from both model categories to see the results. Once again, it's all about Erica Cordie and it's wasn't even close. Next a tie between Aleesha Young and Jody Boam; then a three-way dead heat with Alina Popa, Kashma Maharaj and Lisa Giesbrecht.

Favorite Show of 2011: A carbon copy of last year with The Olympia, The Arnold (and no, it's not "The Arnolds") and the USA's in Vegas.

That's a wrap and look for another round of voting in early 2013.  

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Tanya Hyde - Fitness Model, Chef

Visit our friends at HD Physiques and check out buff blonde Tanya Hyde. You can also see Tanya at her site, TanyaFitness.com.

Not only does Tanya look great, but she's a professional chef. We're putting our money on her as the buffest and hottest chef around. Oh, and if you can take your eyes off her for long enough, you can pick up some healthy eating tips and recipes at her site.  

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Amy's Big Biceps on Her Flex Appeal.com

At 6-1 and 170 pounds, Amy definitely earned the nickname of "Amazon Amy" the honest way.  

The former basketball player now competes in figure. Aside from her stature, her biceps are equally as impressive. We submit the following two photos as evidence.

You can see more Amy on HerFlexAppeal.com.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Jen Burns - Sexy Muscle Video

Check out Jen's video on Daily Motion. Contest condition Jen the day after competing in the 2011 Excalibur show.

See more Jen at Her Flex Appeal.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Brooke Holladay Video Clip

Brooke Holladay, figure competitor and muscle model. Click here to see her video on Daily Motion. More Brooke at AthleticWomenMagazine.com.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Emilija Martic - Figure Competitor and Kickboxer

Emilija, just 22, is an accomplished multi-sport athlete. After excelling at hockey and rugby - football without pads for the uninitiated - she turned her attention to the gym and started to sculpt her physique for the figure stage. Not satisfied with just one sport, she is also training for what she hopes will be her debut in the kickboxing ring sometime in the latter part of 2012.

We were lucky enough to spend some time with this dynamic young woman in preparation for a future shoot. We managed to capture a few images of her off-season at 160 pounds on her 5-7 frame. Limited to posing for only a cell phone camera, Emilija more than managed to make the photos look presentable.

By coincidence, our meeting location doubled as the home away from home for the USA women’s national soccer team. Finding ourselves surrounded by some of the best women’s soccer players in the world, we decided this would be a great photo opportunity. Olympic gold medalist Heather O’Reilly graciously obliged our request.

We hope to have the opportunity to bring more Emilija to fans in the future, and this time on a real camera.

You can visit Emilija at her Facebook page where you can see more photos.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Monday, January 9, 2012

Strong Women Work Out

Figure competitor and cross-fit girl Brooke Holladay and bodybuilder Wendy Lindquist decided to throw down the gauntlet to see who could do the most squats.

No weights?

No problem.

Showing some impressive strength, the two buff blondes decided to squat each other. Each took a turn serving as a human weight by riding atop the shoulders of the other.

Click here to see video captures of the squat challenge.