Don Bersano Fitness Photo Shoot
Fitness photo shoot with the well-known professional photographer, Don Bersano – CHECK!!! An item looming high on my bucket list for some time is complete . . . for the near-future, anyway, because I want to shoot some more. Why?! Because I recently experienced an incredibly productive, uplifting, unforgettable day shooting fitness and lifestyle shots with Chicago-based Don Bersano. Productive because of the many, many varied shots capturing my hard work in the gym. Uplifting because of the incredible ego-boost I receive upon viewing those beautiful shots. Unforgettable because of Don’s tireless positivity and congeniality that made the day fly by in a flash.
A graduate of Columbia College, Don Bersano has over 25 years experience in fitness, fashion, glamour and commercial photography. He is a published photographer with photos appearing in Oxygen, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Maxim, MMA Sports, Planet Muscle to name a few. But Don doesn’t let his success go to his head as he’s incredibly hard-working and approachable whether shooting with a seasoned fitness model or someone like me, a fitness enthusiast shooting for the very first time.
Don eased any anxiety I might have been feeling as soon as he pleasantly greeted me at my car. He walked me up to his beautiful studio where he promptly gave me a tour and informed me exactly how the schedule of the day would run. He also introduced me to Ofelia Guevara, one of the talented make-up artists he partners with (who I highly recommend!!) and we chatted about how she would be prepping me and helping as our shoot began. It was instantly evident just how much experience Don has from the prestigious wall collection of fitness greats he’s shot before to the vast variety of props, backdrops, platforms and lighting all around. The studio has an open air feel to it with a wall of windows overlooking a beautiful view of McCormick Place and the duck-ridden Chicago river directly below. In other words, it’s not a bad place to be spending your entire day at.
But there was certainly no duck-dawdling about the day! I completely appreciated Don’s tireless creativity and attention to detail. He was professional, brisk and to-the-point with each outfit/scenery change. He knows exactly which details create which results. I’ve learned, from him, that the seemingly slightest inch in movement can change the entire look of a pose. Those poses we see all the time in fitness magazines are not as easy as they look – but Don provided spot-on guidance that made me comfortable in no time. Thanks to his briskness, we were able to not only fit in photos at the studio but at McCormick Place and a couple other outside locations nearby for completely different looks to add to my new portfoli0 (the photos on this post are only a very few of the many looks we captured that day!). And despite the brisk temperatures and high winds, Don once again knew how to direct to get some fabulous shots.
When you hire Don Bersano, you don’t just get a few nice pictures to remember your day but you get an entire package of confidence-boosting education and experience. To top off an unforgettable day, Don offered to buy me a burger for my hard work (something he does regularly for his clients) but it was well-past dinnertime, thanks to his tireless focus. It’s all for the best. I’m so serious about doing another shoot soon that I’m maintaining my eat-clean diet; eating clean is a regular part of my fitness life as I hope Don’s shoots are!! I’m passionate about and committed to fitness – thank you, Don Bersano for helping me solidify that passion and commitment!!