Make it Happen

On the verge of his 50th birthday, I'm going to quote one of my idols Michael Jordan, "Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." 

Michael Jordan

This quote has stuck with me for a very long time and is relevant in many aspects of my life. Whether it's my training goals in the gym or this photography business I'm trying to build up, one thing holds true, if you want something badly enough, you have to put in hard work and dedication to make it happen. Nothing ever comes easy.

I thought this would be the perfect introduction into highlighting one of my favorite photo shoots from this last year. I had the privilege to sit back and watch as two of my very good friends, Kris and Nora, transformed their bodies in ways I never knew was possible. They both embarked on the goal of becoming body builders. Since this blog post is supposed to highlight my photo-shoot with them I'll get on with the point and spoil the ending for you, they succeeded and blew past their goals as both received numerous accolades at the 2012 NPC Natural Mid-States Muscle Classic XXV Bodybuilding and Figure Championships in Rockford, IL.

We decided to set up this photo shoot for the day after their competition, since realistically, their bodies would be at their best during this time. So the very next morning, with trophies in hand, we headed down the street to Bucktown Fitness, their second home, and had some fun. One of the main reasons why I really enjoyed this photo shoot was the fact that we were all in our natural elements. For the most part there was no posing, no forced smiles, no do-overs because I missed a particular shot. It was simply the two of them going through a normal workout, and me just following them working on different angles and trying to capture the best light that was sneaking in through the windows. The fact that Kris and Nora are two great friends also made this  shoot really easy as I didn't have to worry about trying out different things like climbing up on a half wall to get a shot straight down at Kris as he was doing leg press. Needless to say this shot didn't make the final cut, but it was still fun to try out. So here are my favorite shots from this incredible shoot.