Archive: Gil – Personal Trainer. Machine. 24.04.2012

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Gil came to see me at Elstree Photo Studios wanting some new striking images of himself in his prime. He’s a top London personal trainer and also an avid collector of tattoos, having pieces done by his favourite tattooists from all over the world. Gil often speaks about “training like a machine” and so one of my objectives for this shoot was to make him look like a “machine” – somewhere between Robocop and Wolverine! I also wanted to show some of his colourful tattoos, and to make he himself seem like an exhibition piece on display with lights either side. Gil was wonderful to work with, open to the ideas I was putting forward, which for a photographer is vital. Gil was very slightly apprehensive about doing nude pictures at first, as he had never done this before. I explained to him how we’d maintain his modesty, and why it was crucial to achieving some very striking shots.

Gil loves the pictures, in his own words…

“I had a fantastic photo shoot with Blake at Elstree Photo Studios a few weeks back. It’s great to work with someone who so obviously really loves what they do and takes massive pride in their work. The shoot was really relaxed and great fun, the studio itself was modern and welcoming. I had a chance to look through some of Blake’s previous work while I was there too… from the hard news to the portraits and weddings, all of which is incredible. Most importantly though, the photos he took of me were unbelievable! My friends love them and can’t even believe that its me! All in all a great experience with a top bloke. I can’t wait to do another shoot with him very soon!”

Personal Trainer, Gil Sassi

Personal Trainer, Gil Sassi

Personal Trainer, Gil Sassi

Personal Trainer, Gil Sassi

Personal Trainer, Gil Sassi