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Photoshoot Summary 2010

February 14, 2010 by Joey Vaillancourt · 32 Comments 

Hi Everyone,

Well it has been a while since my last blog, nearly two weeks!

I do apologize but because of the most recent photoshoot preperation along with business
there has just been little to no time to continue blogging.


I dont like to blog only 2 or 3 sentences either so I dont make an effort unless I know I will have time to properly ‘blog’

I wanted to go over some key hilites from the shoot even though it has been over now for the past two weeks.

There was some stuff I didnt get to talking about in my last video.

So the day of the shoot, I showed up early and got acquainted with everyone I would be working with for the session.

I had packed some dry turkey, almonds, dark chocolate, chicken and a small bottle of water to sip on only when needed.

I also had some weights to pump up with before taking the pictures.

This was really the first ‘professional’ shoot I had ever experienced and thats exactly what it turned out to be…a great EXPERIENCE!

Everyone was very friendly and professional.

I had to basically strip down to my under shorts and start working out in front of about 3 different people…there was even woman outside of the studio who was trying to catch a peak at me through the crack of the open door. I didnt see her, but the girl at the front desk told me all about it…kinda funny :)

Then it was showtime. After about 10 minutes of completing an upper body circuit several times I was feeling pumped up and readyto go.

It was quite the eye opener though on just how hard a photo session is…and this session really was an easier session compared to day long photoshoots.

I had to basically squeeze every muscle as hard as I could (without looking like I was in my face) for over an hour. This in itself is often tough enough but try to do this when you are drained because you havent really eating anything all day.

I really didnt notice too much that day, but the next three days, all my muscles were sore, especially my abs and obliques.

I gained a new respect for models who do this everyday or every week.


We actually got quite a bit done within that hour, and even though I was there for a fitness shoot, we took some other provocative
pictures just for fun…they wont be posted here :)

The photographers were excellent and they really knew their stuff. I will definetly return to them when I feel I have raised the bar
in my physique level in the future. Check them out if you or someone you know wants some great pictures done.

They actually do photos for many different events and cater to many different people (not just fitness),

I would also like to thank Sindy Sun for providing an excellent spray tan that helped cover up my white pale skin!

If your from the local area (Ottawa-Gatineau), be sure to check her out for an unbelievable spray tan that will really get you looking your best. hhtp://

As you already know, that night I returned home and chowed down on some serious cheat meals! Perhaps I pigged out a bit, but by that
point I was STARVING!

It seemed to be ok because even though I lost a little bit of my conditioning, my abs are still nearly as tight as they were at the shoot.

The following week I started back training only to find that my energy was very low and that I was super hungry!

This can be attributed to the depletion week leading up to the photoshoot. It’s safe to do, but it does take a toll on your body.

I am starting to feel better now and more like myself.


This month I am actually cutting my cardio back and eating a bit more just to ‘maintain’ my current condition before hitting it hard
again in early March when I start prepping for the April 17th show in Cobourg Ontario for my very first fitness model competition.

It feels good to get to sleep a bit more and to recover after pushing so hard to get ready for the shoot.

My strength levels are starting to go back up and I just had a killer leg workout this week breaking almost all my personal best
for those particular lifts.

The weird thing I have noticed is that ever since getting up at around 5:50AM every morning for 6-7 days, I am not getting tired, but rather I feel more energized.

Honestly, this usually is not the case. In the past I seem to have lower energy levels when cutting my fat levels and performing cardio on a daily basis and hitting the weights hard…but this time around I am feeling pumped and motivated.

I think it has a lot to do with the competition coming up. It has really set the bar high and I am aiming to win that comp!

I am so busy that there is not time to be tired…when I feel the tiredness creeping up on me I shut it out with caffeine!

Now i do rest when I really need to, and I dont plan on doing this all my life, but for the next 9 weeks or so it is GO  TIME!

Nothing, nobody or anything is going to stop me or get in my way.

The time is now.

This brings me to my final point for you…set a goal and get ready to be motivated..

It could be anything..a competition, a transformation contest, getting the girl you have had your eyes on..a reunion..

Pick a goal, set a date/deadline, commit to it and instill in your mind that it CAN BE Done.

Be strong minded and the rest will follow. Believe.

I will be following up in the coming weeks with many more blogs detailing my competition prep so keep checking back for updates.



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