Jason Riker Photographs Female Athletes for A New Fitness Book
February 5, 2018
When I was selected by Dorling Kindersley media company (owned by Penguin Random House) to shoot a fitness book, it felt like perfect timing. I had been shooting fitness, sports, yoga and other health-related projects for a couple of years at that point, and I was ready for the next step.
The book is titled Get Strong for Women: Lift Heavy—Train Hard, by Alex Silver-Fagan. Strength training for women has become more popular, yet many people don’t understand the importance of getting it right. This book shows photos that capture athletes performing strength training exercises with detailed how-to instructions for 61 different moves and three 12-week programs based on fitness levels.
The photo shoot covered six days of shooting at five different locations. I worked closely with Alex and her team to accurately capture the intensity and detail of each of the 61 exercises performed by four different female athletes.The atmospheric images reveal my intrigue in capturing the texture, color and life in inanimate things. Additionally, the lighting was a creative challenge as most of the shots were so dynamic that the movement often scattered the light.
The work is ongoing and will continue in a project called “5 Moments,” a concept in which the subjects and I collaborate to capture fleeting, often surprising, yet enduring moments through the power of play.
Based in Brooklyn, New York, Riker’s specialties are portraits, fitness, lighting, tech, having a good time on set and producing strong work.