Sunday, March 17, 2013


Welcome To The Arnold!

What more fun way to kick off my first blog than the Arnold Fitness Festival?! It was an amazing weekend full of personal triumph for a lot of special people.

The "weekend" actually started on Wednesday with tan prep for a sweet athlete named Shadia Smidi. This was Shadia's very first show, and she had the guts to take the Arnold stage in Bikini class! She walked on that stage like she owned it. What an accomplishment! She is a beautiful girl with a beautiful heart and it was such fun to celebrate this big moment with her.

I also had the pleasure of working for the first time with Jenny Bradford - truly an athlete in every sense of the word. Jenny is a former collegiate swimming champion, competed in the Olympic trials, and is a killer Crossfit athlete! She is a Figure class competitor who, as you can see, is in fantastic shape. She made Top Six in her class and caught the eye of Fitness All Access who asked her for a photo shoot. It was an honor to share the experience of the Arnold stage and her gorgeous shoot with both Jenny and her family. (These people are too fun!:)

One of the most wonderful people I know and ever get to work with is my dear friend, Char Maldonado. Char and I have gotten to work together quite a bit over the past year or so with fitness shows, photo shoots and appearances - she even got to be on the Dr. Oz show to celebrate her fit body achievements! Her amazing story starts as a kid with leukemia and the current chapter features her as health coach and Arnold competitor - WOW! This girl IS on fire and shows no signs of letting up.

Aside from the on stage celebrations, there were several great photo shoots I had the opportunity to participate in and work with some fantastic photographers and models. Thanks to LGHFX and Fitness All Access for the chance to work with you! I also worked with local athlete Erin Flax and got to celebrate a HUGE win with the newly named Arnold Overall Bikini Champion Anna Staradubtsteva - congratulations on your new Pro Card, Anna!

I met and worked with so many fantastic people both in front of and behind the camera, on stage and backstage, who all work together to make the fitness world the place of inspiration, discipline and creativity that it is. I can't wait to share with you all the photos from the Arnold as well as upcoming projects stemming from it. Stay tuned!

Love, Shaylyn Ford