Ally: Personal Trainer + Martial Artist

The opportunity to capture people doing what they love has always excited me. It is obvious when someone is passionate about their work and I absolutely love that. So naturally I was stoked when Ally Mancino hired me for a portrait session so she could promote her business + passions as a personal trainer + martial artist. 

Not only does Ally keep her social media feeds packed with upbeat messages, inspirational quotes + videos of her busting her butt at the gym, but she has these handwritten inspirational messages tattooed all over herself. They just prove how dedicated she is to staying positive + strong, while these photographs are proof that where there's strength, beauty will follow.

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Ally's smile is beautiful + contagious. It's the kind of smile that makes my job easy.

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But don't let her baby face fool you, she is still one tough cookie.

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It was great to be able to capture her in both of her favorite places- at the gym + outside in nature. 

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Once she begun her martial arts routine, she became incredibly focused. It really inspired me to capture the strength + tranquility I saw come over her.

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An old friend of mine always used to say "just keep swimming" whenever I felt discouraged. Yes it's from Finding Nemo, an animated movie for children, but that movie offers more than a few pearls of wisdom. That scene in the whale belly? So applicable for those times when we doubt ourselves. I told Ally how much the saying means to me so we did one last set up, a more intimate portrait that showcased that awesome reminder.

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Just. Keep. Swimming.