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Since 2003 I have had the opportunity of working exclusively in the fitness industry as a photographer. During that time I have had the opportunity to work as the head photographer for three seperate print publications, including my eighth year with Status Fitness - a magazine I believed in since their launch at the start of 2006. From 2005 to 2007 I ran the David Ford Fitness Model Search with events at the world famous West Edmonton Mall and discovered a number of beautiful fitness athletes that included Annette Tolar (2005), Leanne Lemire (2006), and Heather Robertson (2007). Having established my David Ford brand, I have since had the privilege to present my Choice Award to athletes I see as “Most Marketable”. Past winners include Chelsea Gunderson, Eboney Chipman, Rebecca Ricard, Erin Boily amongst others across Canada.
Darren and Christine Mehling of Freak Fitness are a class act. They are serious about creating the best opportunitities for their team of Freak athletes. This was my third annual trip to Winnipeg and each time they raise the bar and make me feel like a VIP. Additionally, for the third year, I was invited by MABBA to attend and present my David Ford Choice Award at the Manitoba Novice Championships. This is where I had the chance to witness Chinwe Asagwara take to the stage. A perfect balance of stage presence and natural beauty floored those in attendance. I’m often asked, “Man, how can you pick one person from dozens in a show?” Perhaps it is instinct or maybe it comes from experience, but when I see someone and sense his or her magic that goes beyond just the immediate physical appearance you just know. I'm at a point now where I barely notice "good looks"... it takes something extra to grab my attention. I have attended hundreds of shows of every caliber. I see many beautiful faces including many that have great physiques, but without charisma - that special magic - there is something missing. On March 23, Chinwe wasn’t missing anything. Thanks to Freak Fitness her conditioning was spot on and her grace and presence on stage was captivating.
I want to take this moment to congratulate Chinwe on her win of the 2013 David Ford Choice Award. I’m happy to introduce her to our Status Fitness readers. Watch for Chinwe’s Status Symbol feature upcoming in our summer issue.
In health & fitness,
About the Author: UFC and fitness celebrity cover photographer David Ford is chief photographer for Status Fitness magazine. He is the only Accreditated professional photographer by the Professional Photographers of Canada that specializes in fitness photography. David has been a full time photographer since 2004 and has been published in every major industry magazine. He established the David Ford Fitness Model Search in 2005 and additionally offers the David Ford Choice Award to athletes he deems most marketable. He has been credited with discovering many of today's top fitness models. The foundations of his business are his professionalism, personality and skill set. To learn more about David, please visit his website: www.davidfordphotography.com.