Thursday, April 12, 2012

A New Look

This past weekend, when I was in Minnesota (realizing how different I am), I had a photoshoot with one of my friends from college, Dan Norman. He and I have been talking about doing a shoot for awhile, but last time I was in Minnesota, I wasn't in shape. By "in shape," I mean I wasn't anywhere near contest shape. This time, however, since I'm in prep, I decided it'd be a good time to do a shoot.

I met Dan at his studio right after I landed in MN. I'm a little bummed that I actually did end up holding a bit of water under my skin from the plane ride (despite my best efforts), so I look a bit softer in the first couple series of photos. I can really see a difference in the last series; all the posing and moving around tightened me up.

I wanted a couple different looks; I needed some updated commercial/magazine photos, and I wanted a few grittier/hardcore/badass shots too.
Commercial/Fitness Model
Delts and V-Taper!
Back Double-Bi
Badass pose. This Iron Asylum tank top is my favorite tank!
Abs!! First time in my life I have visible abs. So unbelievably excited about this!
Tryin' to look tough.
Mission accomplished!

I'm so pleased with how these photos turned out! This was the first time in a few years that I've done a shoot without J being there to help direct me with poses. I learned a lot about posing and about what does and doesn't work for my body shape, as well as the importance of good lighting.

I changed my hair color the week before the shoot. I'd been planning on changing the color right before the show, but decided I wanted a different look for the photos, so J and I embarked on a home hair dye experiment one evening. It was ... an experience.

I'm excited about these photos and even more motivated for the next 11 weeks!

13 comments:

  1. Love them! Love the new hair color too!
    You look bad ass in all of them!!

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  2. DAMN! All that hard work has paid off! You look fabulous Kari!

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  3. Wow Kari! You look AWESOME! Great work and thanks for sharing the photos. (And congrats on the abs! Woot woot!)

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  4. Absolutely FABULOUS! Great photographer, and beautiful, inspiring subject!!!

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  5. Love the new hair color. It makes you look even more badass, and is very pretty at the same time! And look at those abs! Keep it up, girl!

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  6. Love it Kari! You're so gorgeous and photograph beautifully! :)

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  7. Woo! You look amazing!! Such an inspiration to me :D If you look this good now, I can't imagine how much you're going to kill it at your comp!

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  8. Thanks for all the sweet comments! I had a blast at the shoot!

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  9. The pictures are amazing! Goal complete! Dan better start putting together a fitness portfolio. :) You're going to rock the stage lady! Woot!!

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