I am very excited to announce the launch of “Spotlight.”
This Status online feature will give me the opportunity to showcase the hard work of inspiring athletes, men and women, who I work with, in order to share their journey, and experience with the world.
In stage terms, the job of a spotlight is to illuminate the subject with a narrow, intense beam of light, showing the audience where the focus is, while giving the talent the opportunity to be recognized without distraction.
Every spotlight needs an operator, and I will be playing that role by photographing the athletes in the best possible light, and by sharing their inspiring journey, and wisdom.
So Lights, Camera, Action! May I welcome everyone to, “Spotlight.”
FITNESS MODEL: BRITTNEY WARD
I begin my first Spotlight feature with Brittney Ward.
I met Brittney last year at BCABBA Popeye’s Fall Classic, while I was photographing the competitors backstage. A second was all it took for me to see just how amazing she looked as she was rushing onstage for the bikini judging. There is already a pro athlete quality about her, and an air of confidence that stems from her physique, which is why she won my photo award at the show. The following photos here were taken a couple weeks after the competition, the whole time I was pleased with her athleticism, positive attitude, grounded personality, and her ability to take direction effortlessly. I’m looking forward to see her rocking the BCABBA Provincial stage at Vancouver ProAm this year!
What is your athletic background Brittney, and how did you become interested in fitness and modeling? I’ve always been athletic growing up, but it was the fall of 2013 when I started training in the gym. Then in 2015 I competed in 3 different BCPA powerlifting meets, breaking provincial records at my first meet and qualifying for provincials. I think becoming a fitness model has been an interest of mine since I first started training. I’m thankful that it took me time to get to this point though, because I don’t think I would’ve been able to grown my physique without the intense training I went through as a powerlifter. I’m very happy with my current physique.
What do you like to do on your off time? When I’m not at the gym I love to rest! I don’t often get a lot of time to myself because I’m a pretty busy girl. A few other hobbies I have include baking, watching movies, and reading.
What is your biggest accomplishment in life so far? My biggest accomplishment thus far is overcoming my life’s obstacles. Without getting too personal, I would say like everyone I’ve grown up with my own challenges, which have impacted me greatly. Over time I’ve learned how to strengthen myself from the inside so that I can handle challenges when they arise. Because of this I’m able to maintain an optimistic attitude even at the worst of times, and I have faith in myself, which keeps me moving forwards and focusing on my goals.
How do you set your goals? I set my goals by obsessing over them. I repetitively think about the things I want to achieve. I talk about my goals with others. I basically just force myself to be constantly thinking about the future and planning as the days pass. I can be pretty indecisive, but when I set my mind to something I make sure that it never leaves my mind. And in some circumstances I’m assuming it’s just my stubbornness that forces me to remain committed to myself.
What inspired you, or who inspired you to do fitness competition? The main reason I decided to compete at Popeye’s Fall Classic 2016 was because I finally had the time needed to commit. Another reason why I decided it was time to commit to a competition was to prove to others that I could present myself how I wanted to. A lot of people had opinions about my body, especially because I come from a powerlifter background, and I just wanted to finally put everyone’s comments to rest and prove to them that I could be a bikini girl if I wanted to. Now that I’ve accomplished that, I am really working towards competing at BCABBA Provincials 2017!
What do you enjoy most about competing? The thing I love most about competing is the fact that you are always identifying your weaknesses and pushing yourself to work and strengthen them. If you train hard you can really empower yourself!
Who did you train with? During my prep for Popeye’s Fall Classic I did a lot of training by myself. I remember at times feeling disappointed and a little discouraged because I was so low energy and everyone was always training something different. So, when I did have others join me I was super excited!
Why BCABBA? And what was your experience with the show. What was your placing? Something I’ve recognized of huge value within BCABBA is the connectivity. It’s nice to see contribution and participation from so many different people, companies, and athletes! I competed at the Popeye’s Fall Classic 2016 as my first show. I was awarded first place in bikini A. My overall experience was super great. I really enjoyed my time backstage and onstage!
What are your future goals, dreams and plans? Currently, I am trying to grow my physique so that I can start a prep for BCABBA Provincials 2017 in late spring! In the future I would love to become an educated personal trainer, that way I can really influence those around me who want to positively change their lives through health and fitness.
What was the best advice you were ever given? I think the best advice I’ve ever gotten was to just be myself. Knowing someone could see me for all my worth and didn’t see me as flawed was very eye opening. It’s good to just be able to let down your insecurities and love yourself.
What one or two things you did in your training that were keys to your success? I think there were two big keys to my success during training. (1) Remaining focused on my personal goals. It is definitely easy for someone like me to get distracted, but I knew how badly I wanted to succeed so I remained committed to myself first. (2) Staying confident and trusting myself played a huge role in something like this. I think people grow up lacking enough self worth and self awareness, we tend to look at ourselves critically. But during the whole process I just remained happy and in love with myself. It really makes a difference!
Do you have any tips for someone who is looking to compete in your sport? If I could share a tip that would stay with future competitors, it would be to love yourself and recognize your self worth before you enter the spotlight. When you put yourself into the bodybuilding environment you open yourself up to the judgement of others which can become either a good or bad experience. Bodybuilding is a very competitive sport, but that doesn’t mean you need to compare yourself to others. If you have a strong sense of self love and self awareness then you will go far because nothing shines more than your confidence!
Do you take any supplements? If yes what are some of your favorite supplements and why? My favorite protein is Magnum Quattro Chocolate Love. I find this protein is easily digested without any bloating, and it has a great taste that makes it perfect for shakes or even baking!
You did an exclusive photo shoot with Ali Sohrab. What was it like to shoot with Ali? My first impression is “wow!” Shooting with Ali was an amazing opportunity for me. From beginning to end Ali made me feel comfortable, confident, and really proud of myself! I was thankful for Ali’s encouragement and tips about poses. I loved how Ali was constantly re-assessing and changing everything from lighting, posing, and even the theme of the shot. It was evident to me that Ali is very passionate about what he does. He confirmed this at the end of the shoot by spending time with me chatting, showing me support in my fitness journey. I would love to shoot with Ali again and again!
What advice do you give to up and coming fitness models when looking to shoot with photographers? This was not my first shoot, but I definitely feel like every photoshoot is a new experience! The best thing up and coming fitness models can do is to be comfortable with their own bodies first. If you’re going to show it off you need to be confident and also know how to best show your physique. Prior to a shoot don’t be embarrassed to practice in front of the mirror, find out what angles work best for you ahead of time. If it’s your first time you can look up images from other models for some inspiration, but don’t forget to stay uniquely YOU! Also, you need to really learn how to work with your photographer. You will sense a rhythm and when to transition into new poses. Not only this, but learning to trust your photographer will do wonders. Let your guard down, be yourself, have an attitude, and mostly have fun!
Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by? “Every challenge is an opportunity for growth and greatness.” I just like to remind myself that even when things get hard there is a reason for it, there is a positive side to the hardships we experience.
Tell us 3 things people don’t know about you. (1) I’m an only child! This one most people are surprised by, that’s why I’m sharing! (2) I don’t do spicy food. Even moderately spicy is probably too hot for me. (3) My background is Brazilian, African, and Ukrainian.
Where can we follow you? Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bb.brit.fitness/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/bb.brit.fitness/
Who would like to thank? Thank you to my amazing family who makes my heart feel so full, you give me the strength I need to accomplish any dream I can dream up! Thank you to my boyfriend, Landon, for knowing me better than I know myself at times and really keeping me together the way nobody else could. Thank you to my powerlifting coach for your incredible attitude, but mostly thank you for always loving me for who I am and who I’m growing to be. Thank you to my bodybuilding coach, Ramfit, for being my best friend, my conscience, and a huge supporter. I feel so blessed to have these wonderful people always believing in me.