ALEXANDRA: POWER OF SMILING “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Leo Buscaglia Former swimmer and current NPC Bikini Champion @AlexandraRaeFadelli just days away from Nationals. makeup by @nechellet suit by @sks_bikinis trained by @wendyfortino
IT’S A WRAP! Morning fitness photo shoot with Lauren Monday (@missmodelmonday). Sponsors @sks_bikini @lanaseggwhites
MONDAY “The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.” Tricia Cunningham fitness model: @missmodelmonday http://ift.tt/1meliEe
SUMMER “I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.” John Keats Model: NPC Bikini Athlete Jessica Hardcastle (@hardcastle2009) sponsored by @nutrishoproseville http://ift.tt/1meliEe
ALEXANDRA: Warrior First image from today’s shoot with former swimmer, current NPC Bikini Champion and future pro @AlexandraRaeFadelli makeup by @nechellet suit by @sks_bikinis trained by @wendyfortino
PRO CARD! From the moment I saw @rosiegavilanes I knew this was inevitable :). CONGRATULATIONS Rosie! Told you it was your year.
@therealwonder and I were recently discussing how some try to give the impression on social media that they are living a far flossier life than in reality. But for @Ludacris (or his staff) to steal the photo belonging to travel photographer Paul Pichugin (paulpichugin.com) crop his name off and then post as if it’s they took it during a trip is very wrong… ESPECIALLY from a fellow artist. Paul has contacted Ludacris’ account and instead of acknowledging the theft, he removed Paul’s image on IG after negative comments piled up, but continues to display the image on the Ludacris facebook page. Legal action is now ensuing.
PRO CARD! In Pittsburgh today, she came, she saw, she conquered! Congratulations to mom, veteran, CEO and now IFBB PRO… Christina Williams. Follow Christina (@aceisnottas), her coach @jamidebernard of Fit Body Fusion and @toxicangelzbikinis http://ift.tt/1meliEe
IT’S THE WEEKEND “I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.” C. JoyBell C. model: Ebony Camille http://ift.tt/1meliEe
WHO ARE WE It is getting so hard to watch the news. My friends who defend what’s going on say its complicated, it’s not black and white David. But I find it hard to believe that we can’t take in a couple thousand kids fleeing violence we fostered, can’t stop the killing of Palestinian and Israeli kids being murdered in a war we are supplying and funding, and can’t feed, educate and house the poorest children here at home? I can’t watch from the sideline anymore, I have to do something to help.
BRIDGES “It’s my diary”, she’d explained. “Every mark I’ve had drawn on my skin connects me to where and who I’ve been- so I never forget who I am and how I got here.”There was humour in the smile she offered him. “And you know what the real beauty of it is?” Hank had shaken his head. “Nobody can take it away.” Charles de Lint, Someplace to Be Flying model: @alyssadork http://ift.tt/1meliEe
THE WEST “Beauty when unadorned is adorned the most.” St. Jerome model: Kristina Love http://ift.tt/1meliEe
ENCORE: FIRST LIGHT “You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Silence? No.” Alison McGhee model: Shanza http://ift.tt/1meliEe
ENCORE: MERMAID “Her lips touched his brain as they touched his lips, as though they were a vehicle of some vague speech and between them he felt an unknown and timid preasure, darker than the swoon of sin, softer than sound or odor.” James Joyce subject: @brierodriguez88 http://ift.tt/1meliEe
THE RIX PARTNERSHIP “Both spouses are equal, yet different. One of the most beautiful things about a relationship is that the feminine energy can feed a masculine man’s heart. And, the masculine energy can totally light up the feminine energy.” Renee Wade Surprisingly it is quite rare that a fitness couple are both in peak shape at the same time so I had to take this quick photo of the Rix’. I wish there were more couple events on the schedule. @rixshannon @rixjason http://ift.tt/1meliEe
COFFY II “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” Vivian Greene Alt Model: Jessie LeNguyen http://ift.tt/1meliEe
MARRIED TO THE GAME : Acceptance “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” Lao Tzu Internationally published cover model @cjsparxx http://ift.tt/1meliEe
WORK ETHIC Brutal honesty is often requested but not always well taken. When I met Rae after barely losing at Governors Cup I told her that she conceded the victory by not being tight enough to win especially her lower torso. She told me she had recently joined #teamcyberbodyshop to which I responded I am certain Matt and @WendyFortino will solve that problem. Rae has a fulltime job that requires her to arrive at dawn so she works out before the sun rises. She is a loyal loving supportive friend. So it’s not surprising that her partner in crime @aleeli and her buddy Margaret (CEO of @toxicangelzbikinis) reciprocate. She has drama and haters. She doesn’t give them her energy…she just refocuses and rededicates. This is what Champs do and last night in San Jose it paid off. CONGRATULATIONS OVERALL BIKINI CHAMPION RAE!!!! New photos of the champ coming soon. Follow her PRO CARD pursuit at @alexandraraefadelli http://ift.tt/1meliEe
#STROBIST : Married to the Game Received a lot of email questions regarding the lighting of the last image posted so here is the lighting diagram. Strong ambient window light was the key. #Profoto Acute gelled to match sunlight in a huge octobox then filled from opposite side of subject.
MARRIED TO THE GAME: Renegotiation “Sometimes your light shines so bright that it blinds people from seeing who you really are.” ― Shannon L. Alder model: Internationally published cover girl @cjsparxx special thanks to model and artist @moniquestjohn http://ift.tt/1meliEe
ENGAGEMENT: Second Thoughts “A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.” Sophia Loren model: Internationally published cover girl @cjsparxx special thanks to model and artist @moniquestjohn http://ift.tt/1meliEe
EQUESTRIAN “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” ― Marilyn Monroe glamour & promotional model: @the_mlv http://ift.tt/1meliEe
I REPEAT: THE STAGE IS SET!!! Germany will face #Messi the Magician in the Mecca of Futbol. The Empire vs Luke. Sunday is officially an international holiday