I heart faces is having a 'dramatic black and white' contest this week. This subject can be interpreted so many ways, but I love this image below for many reasons. First of all, I think the lighting and angle are dramatic in and of themselves. But what I find more dramatic is the unexpected femininity that accompanies such a muscular physique. For those of you new to my blog, Ryall is a body builder and she is extraordinarily talented and beautiful. And what I learned on our shoot is that she only lasts that pumped up for a few days while she is competing. Moments after we finished our shoot, she gulped gallons of water and tucked into a plateful of treats, and her crazy orange spray tan had already started peeling off. And what shocked me even more was that when I photographed her wedding a couple months later, she was had transformed into a little bird-like creature (albeit still very toned) that you would never believe had been so ripped with muscles only weeks before. Ryall is an inspiration.
There are a ton of entries this week so be sure to check out some of the 1200 plus great images others have submitted - such a fun community.