Shooting with "El Flacko" Edward Alvarez

Friday July 16 2017

A bright and early drive down to Armor Gym in Knoxville TN. Got up and drove down to Knoxville gym. The drive was somewhat pleasant despite the bad driving abilities from other Tennessean drivers that early in the morning. 

I had met IFBB pro Edward Alvarez in Charlotte NC. earlier in the year during the Europa Charlotte in April. The meeting was quite brief and he really liked my contest coverage images that I had been taking. I had a chance to meet him again at the Europa Dallas show. We exchanged  contact information and discussed a possible photoshoot sometime in the future. He had seen my work off Instagram and wanted to shoot. We never had a place set yet but he knew he wanted to do the photoshoot for sure. After the Chicago pro at the end of June, Edward was set on doing the shoot. He wanted to come to TN to do the shoot but since he was located in Charlotte N.C. I didn't want him to have to come all the way to Nashville. I did some research, found a gym in Knoxville. I chose to use Armor Gym since I knew there was plenty of space and equipment. Friday morning myself my son and my friend Cindy all drove down in Cindy's car to Knoxville for the shoot.

Once we got down to the gym, I spoke to the manager of the gym, asked what the procedures were to set up the gym. He was very nice and easy to work with. I was allowed to use the facilities and was very happy that I chose his gym to shoot with, so was I.

I met up with Edward a few mins later. I spoke for a bit, started setting up my gear and on we started

During the shoot, Cindy was nice enough to grab some photos from her Cell phone and snapped away while I worked. I asked her if she wanted to grab my small camcorder to video some of the session. She picked up the camera and shot away. Edward and I shot for about 2 hours while he actually worked out. He managed to get every major body part worked out. Once the shoot was done, I had him pick out one image to send him so he could post. Once he did, I did some quick photo retouching and sent it to him. Once I got home I finished looking at all the images. I still have to send him the images in small res so he can finish picking out his favorites. He was very happy with the images that he saw out of the camera. He mentioned that it was the first of my more to come. it makes me happy to know that my clients are happy with their images.