Fitness Photoshoot with SexyFit in Downtown San Diego

Fitness Photoshoot with Zlata Sushchik of Sexyfit.

Zlata runs a really successful online fitness training company (Sexyfit) and needed some shots for her new website and social media channels.

Zlata was a competitive fitness model, racking up 21 competition titles, before she realized that health and wellness needed to take on a different meaning. Now she has created a coaching and support community online where women can learn exercise routines, meal plans, and be held accountable to reach their goals, all while taking time to appreciate their body and their journey.

We shot in 3 locations:

1) Fit Athletic – East Village, San Diego

2) Downtown San Diego Loft

3) San Diego Embarcadero

Total shots – 1786.

Edited down to 94 after 2 hours of scrolling through and deleting.

Below are my favorite 20 or so.

Model: Zlata Sushchik of Sexyfit | Photographer: Kirk Hensler of Kale & Cigarettes

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Urban Fitness Photoshoot with Amy Clover


Finally a time has come where fitness professionals don’t have to look like generic robots in their fitness photoshoots. Thank to urban backdrops, California sun, and some cool editing, Amy Clover of Strong Inside Out looks like someone I’d sure as hell want to train with. She has a cool saying, “You’re stronger than your struggle.” I like it because we are all struggling but not all fitness professionals have the tools to go there emotionally with their clients. I learned that Amy isn’t afraid to get into the real struggle of being a human, which can be as simple as wanting to get out of bed in the morning and as intense as barbell squats.

I shoot dancers and yogis more often than fitness professionals but I loved this shoot and stayed up until 2am editing the pictures. Amy was awesome in understanding that it takes quite a few run throughs to catch moving shots that will not only be inspiring, but artistic. 1500 down to 111, then I was going to bed. “One more pass through,” I thought. Then it was down to 21, and for sure it was time to sleep. But, “Maybe I’ll just put edits on a few,” and there was no resting until it was finished. A good sign indeed. Except I missed my boxing class this morning, which is ironic if you think about it.

Enjoy the pictures and please email to book a shoot with me.

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Photography: (c) Kirk Hensler | Model: Amy Clover

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