Fitness Photos with Rachael Todd – Miss Florida 2009

Posted on May 2, 2011

It’s not everyday that you get to work with someone who earned the rank of Miss Florida, but I had the recent pleasure of collaborating with Rachael Todd, who you might know as Miss Florida 2009.

I approached Rachael with the idea to do a sports-style fitness shoot where she would be hitting and kicking at splashes of water. She’s got great muscle tone that I thought would be perfect for this project. Fortunately, she was interested in the idea and agreed to work with me.

I wanted to find an interesting makeup artist to help with the look I was going for in these shots. I was lucky enough to get a chance to work with Canada-based artist Britt Havens. It just so happened that she was going to be traveling to Nashville at the time we were looking to this shoot. Perfect timing!


We first worked on a series of kicks and hits. Rachael was incredible at this and Britt was able to help us achieve an intense, sweaty look. After their hard work, I felt like my job was easy!


My lighting setup was 2 Elinchrom strobes on either side firing through medium softboxes. An Alien Bees unit (limited edition Flame Orange B800) with a beauty dish was up high filling in the shadows in the front and about a stop down from the side lights. This gave us a hard and intense look that really made Rachael’s muscle tone just pop!


After I was sure that we’d gotten the shots I was needing, we just played around with some different poses, moving the lights and composition around a bit.

I was very happy with the final images we ended up with and ended up scoring the look I needed for the ad I was working on. Thanks again to Rachael and Britt for their excellent work. Be sure to check them out!

Model: Rachael Todd
Makeup/Hair: Britt Havens