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Judo – MMA shoot | International Training Center of New York

I think one of the biggest challenges that every photographer faces is staying creative and flexible. It is especially true when you are fairly specialized. So when at some point last autumn I was doing a yoga shoot and suddenly realized that every time I tried to pose the girls I instinctually tried to pose them as a couple – I knew that it is definitely time to start photographing things unrelated with weddings and couples :).

Greg is an accomplished athlete and an owner of the International Training Center of NY. I have known Greg for a few years and decided to ask if he would be willing to work with me on some dynamic shots. I was delighted when he not just agreed but volunteered a few of the guys that regularly train with him πŸ™‚ Greg comes from a judo background but his school trains students in several disciplines including MMA, Kickboxing and Jiu Jitsu.

The shoot was an interesting and exciting challenge as this was the first time I photographed any martial arts. I am so grateful for the guys being willing to spend a good part of their evening throwing each other around and trying to do it in a β€œphotogenic” manner πŸ™‚

So here is a small selection of some of my favorites – both from the dynamic shots and from a quick portrait session we did at the end.

I would highly apreciate any comments especially if you are involved with martial arts and/or photography of a competitive sports.


Here is Greg and his son Danny.

And here is what happens when Danny does not listen to his father πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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