Posts tagged bodybuilding
Dedication - Kris Davia - Rockwell Barbell

There’s really not much for me to say. This guy right here continues to impress me week after week. If these pictures aren’t enough to show you the heart and dedication he’s poured into this aspect of his life, check out his business at My Mighty Meals and follow him on Instagram. Then think about the amount of time and effort it would take to build a business and get into this kind of shape for a show.


The dedication, perseverance, and discipline Kris and Nora exhibited during their 2015 training season is something to be admired. The early mornings, the late nights, and the endless hours in the kitchen are just the start of what these two had to endure as they further transformed their bodies during the past couple of months. A major career change for Nora and the start of a brand new meal prep company for Kris were not enough to slow down this power couple as they squeezed in every last rep right up to show time. If you need to learn time management and discipline, grab a seat with these two and don't forget the pen and paper.

I can go on and on about how inspirational these two are, but the best thing about both of them, is their passion for the lifestyle. They aren't just pushing through, making their gains, and sweating at the gym. These two are excelling in this demanding lifestyle and to prove it, just take a minute to ask them about it. The smiles and energy they speak with on the topic, and the tips they are willing to give to just about anyone who asks, are the greatest example of their commitment to the sport.

Show time is go time in the bodybuilding world. The couple minutes these competitors have on stage by themselves is the culmination of months and years spent in the gym. Both Nora and Kris truly shined on stage these past couple of weeks. With Kris winning the light heavy weight division at the 2015 NGA Heart of America competition. And Nora taking 2nd in an extremely competitive Figure division at the 2015 NPS Illinois State Bodybuilding Championship.

My favorite part about being able to experience and be a part of this journey with both Kris and Nora, is highlighted in these next two photos. In a sport that is highly individualized, these two have formed a team that is unbeatable.

To Kris and Nora... there is absolutely no limit to what you two can achieve. I'm thankful to have a chance to capture you two doing something you were born to do!

Hard Work Pays Off

"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand." - Vince Lombardi

Kris and Nora are two very close friends of mine. They also happen to be two of the most dedicated and hard working individuals I have ever met. In the year 2012 these two embarked on a new journey that has completely transformed the way they live their lives, they became bodybuilders. That journey did not simply stop after last year, they were right back at it in 2013 as both competed once again in the past couple of weeks. I had the honor of photographing both these two in what can simply be called their second home, Bucktown Fitness in Chicago, IL. 

I'd also quickly like to promote Kris's business as he is a certified physical trainer in the Chicago area. If you are interested in learning more about what he offers be sure to check him out at

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.