How to prepare for your fitness photography session


Do you have what it takes to look this good? Do you have a goal?

How do you intend to celebrate after all the hard work you put into your exercise and dieting program?

Would you like to do a fitness photography session?

Today I did an interview with Personal Trainer Leonard van Santen about how he got into shape for his fitness photography session that we did just before Xmas.

How long did you take to get ready for your photography session?

6 weeks altogether, the first 2 weeks was moderate dieting and the last 4 weeks heavy dieting.
What calories did you consume in your diet and what was your exercise regime?
I started around 3100 calories then I cut down to 2600 calories for the remaining 4 weeks.

The whole way through I was doing weight training, 4 days on 4 days off, on my one day off I would do a big cardio session like sled or farmer carriers for around 35 mins, and followed by a 20 min walk.

I then started to do more cardio on my weight days as well, I did a fair bit of walking in the park.

A few days out from your photography session you had a spray tan, would you recommend that to others?

Depends, on what kind of shape you’re in. If you are over 10% body fat you won’t be lean enough to see your abs. So yes, under 10% go ahead with it. Abs look way better with a spray tan. It also makes you look bigger. That is why all the body builders get spray tans before competitions.

I had my spray tan a few days before the shoot because I couldn’t get an appointment the day before, I would recommend doing as close to photo shoot as possible.

On the day of the photo shoot, what did you do and eat?

The whole week leading up to the shoot, I did zero carbs, just protein and some veggies. Thursday, Friday I increased my carbs and cut my fats and drank as much water as I could possibly consume. On Friday, the day before the shoot, I cut my water intake at 11am, only sipped sparingly to stop being dehydrated. I needed to get dryer.

On the day of the shoot, I had protein, fats and sugary carbs, eggs with peanut butter, banana and not much water. I also did a weight session just before the shoot.

Are you happy with the results?

Yes, very happy

What would you do differently?

Perhaps I would cut down on calories more on the first 2 weeks of the programme to make myself leaner. I was looking lean but I could have been leaner.

I know you are a personal trainer, do you think most people can achieve what you have done without a personal trainer? Do you think someone can be motivated enough to not have to use a personal trainer?
If you really do your research very thoroughly, then yes you could do yourself.

Most people would need the help of a good personal trainer, not an average one, yes you need some sort of assistance, especially knowing when to cut your intake of calories, what week to eat carbs or not to eat carbs etc, managing your water intake etc, you could do it, but if you want to make the most of your time and optimize your results then your best off getting a trainer.

If you want to follow Leonard on training tips you can find him on Instagram @leonardvansanten
Coach at Ultimate Performance Sydney Snapchat: leochefey Email at:

beach photography sydneymale photography sydneymale photography sydneymale photography sydneyWhat you will need for a fitness photography session:

Keep working out at the Gym.
Wax, shave if you wish.
Get a spray tan just before session
Wear clean new undies.
Bring a plain T-Shirt, shirt and jeans.
If you have ideas for other themes I would love to hear them and we can collaborate and come up with extraordinary images.

$150 Male Photography Offer

Available for the rest of this Winter 2017 you get the chance to have your fitness photography session plus one digital image for only $150, be quick to book,

ring now on 9341 7027

To see more images of Honeydew Photography please look at our website and for all our boudoir and glamour shots check out here. and my pinterest page, mind you, some of those images in pinterest are for ideas, and are not mine.

I just found this article that really sums up what needs to be done, its an easy read, check it out.

Quirky gardening tips

tangled chooks

Come on girls, I’m getting tangled

Hi all,

How is your week going? I put a call out for engagement sessions on location on facebook this week and of course it has rained all week, so its been pretty quiet here. But, what a beautiful morning we had today, can you remember?

I had a comment from my last blog that I didn’t show my purple house. So, here it is. Now you have seen it, you won’t go to someone else’s house by mistake. We do ask you to come around the back, and now you see the back waiting room, you will know you are in the right spot. One customer I had a few years back, went to a house up the road, (she forgot the number and the fact the house is purple) and of course it was the house with 2 big crazy dogs. Lucky the gate was locked!!!
I am in the planing of a signboard, but that still is in the pipeline. Do you have any suggestions?

As you can see in the photo’s below, I’ve been planting oats and woolly vetch for green manure. The birds are having a great time eating most of the seeds, lucky I bought a couple of kilo’s of seeds, because it looks like they won’t get wasted with all the pigeons around here.

The idea of green manure is to put nourishment into the soil. Our soil is sand, so together with compost and chicken poo, the green manure will hopefully be the magic tool I need to grow a decent garden. It will take a while for the soil to get top notch, so I have plenty of time to think what to grow. I’ve just done a permaculture course, so just need to get my head around some of the perennial plants on offer.

I planted “clucker tucker” for the chooks and fenced it off so it will grow and they can eat lovely greens. Yesterday I caught one of the chooks inside the fenced off area and it looks like she ate all the seeds. Today I see the chooks are standing on the fence (well its a bird net) so I’m not too optimistic about how they will grow. Lucky for the chooks, I have planted another area with clucker tucker for their amusement later on.

I promise in the next post I will add a photo of me in the garden, gum boots and all.

That’s all from me

Have a great week


son looking out of purple house

My son is wondering what I’m doing

waiting room

Here is the waiting room to my studio

bird and clock

I don’t think this clock worked for long. The temperature is funny too.

purple and red

the few flowers in the garden at the moment

sprouted oats

My sprouted seeds that the birds didn’t see

Photography, Quirks and fun facts about Honeydew photography

family photography with passionfruit

They are passionfruits not honeydews

pathway to honeydew studio

up the garden path

running chickens

run for food

chickens and flowers

eating all day long

chickens with flowers
chickens at honeydew studio

come walk with me

Hi There,

So your thinking of booking a photography session? What makes you choose your photographer? Is it their style? Price? Personality?

Do you feel you need to know anything about them before booking in?

What are the important points for you?

Do you have a few seconds to read some quirks (not all) about Honeydew photography? Come on, it won’t take that long.

Well, I think one of the most enjoyable parts of coming to my home based studio is meeting my 5 chickens in the backyard. I know your thinking shouldn’t it be the photography session, but lets face it, who doesn’t love meeting backyard chickens?

You can pat them, feed them or just watch, they are such great pets, best of all they produce lovely eggs. And they are so polite, they stand in line waiting for their turn to lay their eggs!

Chickens are great to entertain your kids and perfect when your kids need a little “down” time from the photography session.

Another quirky fact is we have a purple house. You can’t mistake us from any other house in the street.

My studio is a converted garage, sorry it’s not glitzy or big but it does the job just fine. On a lovely day I will use the beautiful natural light coming from my north facing window but when the weather is glum, on come the studio lights.

I love photographing in natural light and most of all I love black and white images. (but my chickens look best in colour).

What do you like best, colour or black and white?

Did you know that you can request a family photography session in your home or in the park or beach?

Want to ask a question?

Give me a call on 9341 7027



Engagement Photography Sessions

pre-wedding photography sessions

Engagment Photography Sessions

First of all, we are coming up to Valentines Day, do you love it? Do you celebrate it? Hence my little special I’m about to reveal. If your reading this page you most probably are going to do something nice, or hoping to do something with your partner and I have a great suggestion of how to celebrate it with your beautiful partner. How about a engagement photography session! Now it doesn’t matter if you haven’t arranged your wedding yet, just be romantic and find the time between 13th March and the 18th March 2016 and we will give you a superb offer.

Book your Special couple photography session for the 13th to the 18th of February and we’ll throw in a glass of champagne and you save over $750!.

For only $500 you will get:

First of all you’ll be greeted with a Glass of champagne
Also you will get Professional Hair and Make up
Most noteworthy, of course you get the Photography session
Finally you will get 3 fully retouched digital images

What you need to do now

Due to the great savings, you will need to get on the phone now. Ring me now on 9341 7027 to book or for more information. Check out our website , and pinterest for more ideas. Or if you want to without your partner check out our boudoir website for great gift ideas.

I look forward to seeing you

Finally the Shoot must take place between the 13th and 18th Feb 2016.
Ring to make a booking and you need to pay your $500 up front by credit card
Viewing to take place immediately after the shoot
You can only purchase one offer per couple.
In addition, If you would like more images, they can be purchased at normal rates

You probably want more information, therefore if you want to email me, please do on

Valentine’s Day gifts for men and women portraits

Valentine’s Day gifts for men and women

Hi, Well it’s that time of year again when you either get it or don’t. That’s right, Valentines day, when love is in the air! Is this a game you play? Do you need some exciting gift ideas? How about a sexy photo shoot.Valentine’s Day gifts for men and women. Men or women can enjoy this and come home with incredible images that will blow you socks off! Ring 9341 7027 for more advise or head straight over to my paypal cart to buy your voucher.
The deal is only $150 to be pampered with Hair and make up with our professional HMU artist, glamour and/or boudoir photography session and a 8 x 12″ print. What a lucky lady or man! oh wait, did you want to see more images? Then check these out here and here on pinterest.
I look forward to hearing from you. By the way, Valentine’s Day is 14th February 2016. This offer expires on the 14th too.
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So, what does Valentine’s Day mean to you? Do you want to be pampered? Do you want to show you love to spoil your partner? Have you always wanted to do a sexy photography shoot and never got around to it? Does your girlfriend feel the need to be empowered? Does she want to feel sexy and feminine? Men, have you been eating clean and pumping iron and seeing incredible results? For any, and all and other reasons, it is time you bought this wonderful gift idea and get what you really want.

Want lingerie for the shoot? Try here.
Ring me 93417027
Talk soon