Urban Fitness Photoshoot with Amy Clover

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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 kaleandcigarettes@gmail.com to book a shoot with me.

For tips on how to become a professional photographer on a budget check out my article HERE.

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

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For tips on how to become a professional photographer on a budget check out my article HERE.

Detroit City Photography

Spent the day in Detroit with my brother James taking pictures. I told him I wanted “urban” so he took me to Eastern Market and I’m pretty sure it is where the word urban was invented. Made me laugh at myself for referring to Southern California as an urban environment. Detroit has true warehouses and real graffiti (no offense San Diego you know I love you) and you never exactly know if you’re in a safe enough neighborhood to be walking around with a big fat Nikon in your hands.

James had his heyday in NYC as an underwear model (sup girls?) which means he is no slouch in front of the camera. His signature look is “I’m probably going to kill you soon,” and he delivers it with conviction every time.

This city is absolutely beautiful right now and I cannot wait to return with all my gear for a proper shoot.

Enjoy the pics below and let me know if you’re a hipster living in Detroit so I can photograph you next time I’m in town.

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Dancersaurus: Urban Dance Photography with Sarah Navarrete

Dancersaurus (Sarah Navarrete) – An Urban Dance Photography Shoot

modeling by Sarah Navarrete | photos by Kirk Hensler | styling by Sarah Navarrete

Last week Sarah and I got together to talk about a photo project. Sarah is a BRILLIANT dancer but also a resident trouble maker. I have a soft spot in my heart for trouble makers and wanted to see if we could drop the whole beautiful ballerina style and create something a little more, dare I say this barfy word, edgy.

Sarah was so good in front of the camera that I thought perhaps I had become the world’s greatest photographer for a minute. The shoot was efficient and extremely versatile.

I snapped 3000 pics (poor camera) and got the first round of eliminations down to 298. From there it went to 157, then 75, then the final 53.

We shot about 5 looks in as many locations – one location being an abandoned building in East Village that we bribed our way into. We ended up sneaking a 30 foot ladder across a parking lot (after I used my face to keep it from falling over) in order to scale the last remaining wall of this decrepit building so she could pose in a 15’x15′ cut out. My heart raced just as it did when I was an uptight little kid afraid of my dad calling me into the living room to tell me I was being too noisy. But I’m glad we did it because it provided a much needed boost of adrenaline towards the end of a long shooting schedule.

Some real dandies are mixed throughout the blog but my favorite favorites are the last 3 – because they are stunning.

Sarah preferred any shot with hair going wild – referred to as “Hairtography” (SN circa 2014-ish) – so those are in there as well.

What are your favorite shots?

Oh the yelling, what was up with the yelling? Sometimes you gotta let it out. The frustration.

Follow Sarah on Instagram – @riseandreach

Follow Kirk (me) on Instagram – @kirkhensler

Side note – have you ever seen a yoga superhero in real life? I have.

See all 3,000 pics in under 3 minutes below

DANCERSAURUS Timelapse with Sarah Naverrete from kale & cigarettes on Vimeo.

Enjoy the pics!

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