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Atlanta Krav Maga Photo Shoot

What an awesome day of shooting! A few weeks ago, I was asked by my good friend, Jim Thomas of OnsiteShine (follow of Facebook), to do a photo shoot for a local magazine. The subject is Atlanta Krav Maga & Fitness.

As soon as he asked, I immediately started daydreaming. I knew exactly what I wanted to do and how I wanted to shoot the spread.
I wanted hard shadows to create mystery… I also wanted to show power and agility.

It helps to work with disciplined and experienced people. Eric Sepeda, from Atlanta Krav Maga & Fitness, is a Krav Maga Worldwide 2nd Degree Black Belt, one of only 25 in the country, and the only one in the state of Georgia.  He’s also worked on film sets as a Fight Choreographer… most recently for the movie “Alex Cross.”  Eric is currently working as a Krav Maga Technical Advisor for Season 2 of the USA television show “Necessary Roughness” with actor, Scott Cohen.

This type of experience makes it easier for me to capture what I want to do. I didn’t have to worry about emotions or staging the “models.” They showed me the moves a few times, I told Eric what I thought would make the best captures (angle, lighting, stance, section of choreographed move) and we worked from there. It was great!

The whole shoot took just over four hours and we are all excited on how the final images came out.

Hey… Check out the pics below and enjoy.  Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Facebook!

Eric Sepeda(R) goes over the knife defense move with Bryan Forman(L). This was shot with my iPhone to show the setup for the ATL Krav Maga shoot.

Eric Sepeda(R) goes over the knife defense move with Bryan Forman(L).
This was shot with my iPhone to show the setup for the ATL Krav Maga shoot.

 

Here is the final image taken just after the above setup image was taken.
Knife Defense
[flickr]http://www.flickr.com/photos/johndawg/8680817741/[/flickr]

Shotgun Defense
[flickr]http://www.flickr.com/photos/johndawg/8680816527/[/flickr]

Eye Gouge
[flickr]http://www.flickr.com/photos/johndawg/8680817205/[/flickr]

Blunt Object Defense
[flickr]http://www.flickr.com/photos/johndawg/8680817479/[/flickr]