Photography by Ian L. Sitren

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From my photo shoot with bodybuilder Sergi Constance, here in the desert near Palm Springs California.

A photo shoot that would work in today’s social distancing. Just myself and Sergi in the desert with no one around at all. Also simply done with a Canon 1V camera body, Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens and Kodak Tri-X film. Thanks!

Bodybuilder Sergi Constance in the desert near Palm Springs California

Gym Photo Shoots

Of all the bodybuilders I have photographed, amateur and the biggest name pros, it is Dan Decker who has probably appeared in more magazine features than any other.

Bodybuilder Dan Decker In The Gym

Bicep Curls Done Right

From one of my photo shoots with IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Dan Decker. Dan has always been one of the most consistent and admired bodybuilders around and been published in more magazines than I am sure he can even tell you. At Palm Springs Fitness Center.

Bodybuilder Dan Decker

Ever Ever

One of my all time favorite photographs I have ever shot ever. The incredible wonderful Tina Chandler during her Olympia bodybuilding competition.

IFBB Proferssional Bodybuilder Tina Chandler in Palm Springs

Stop Action Bodybuilding

Another multi-exposure stop action bodybuilding posing with the consummate professional of the world of bodybuilding and fitness, Doug Brignole.

Photo shoot notes… Hasselblad digital camera system and Broncolor lighting with their Para 133 reflector and Move 1200L pack. Only the best all he way around!

Doug Brignole


A bodybuilding pose begins between the ears. You can see it on his face. That is if you are going to do it right. Doug Brignole is one guy in bodybuilding and fitness who is widely known for doing it right. If there were a belt grade in bodybuilding as there is in martial arts, Doug would hold a black belt at the very highest level of the sport.

Doug Brignole

Photo shoot notes… Photographed with a Hasselblad digital camera system. Lighting with a Broncolor Para 133 reflector and a Broncolor Move 1200L pack for multiple exposures. Only the best!

Scenic Imagination

So great fun doing photo shoots in interesting and scenic places. Sometimes they do not seem scenic at first, but then just use your imagination. The imagination of knowing what something will look like in the photograph. One of my favorite photo shoots, this time with bodybuilder Daniel Hill.

Bodybuilder Daniel Hill in at the windmills Palm Springs California

FitExpo – Meet Up!

Hey! This Saturday you will find me at the FitExpo in Anaheim along many thousands of my other friends. If you would like to meet up, send me a message, e-mail or text. My contact info is in the “About” and “Contact”sections here or go to my website at
We could just say Hi or chat about shooting your photographs for yourself, your business, your gym, your advertising, your magazine and features. Just let me know and Thanks!
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Photos In The Gym

If you read the bodybuilding and fitness magazines, visit the most popular websites, you have seen my photographs. All around the world, magazine features, advertising, brochures, billboards, bus wraps, 4 story high banners on the sides of buildings.

You work hard in the gym to get ahead and be your best like my buddy Travis Ely. You are spending your money for your ads to build your business. You are spending money to build features for your magazines or websites.

Talk to me about doing your photography. Send me an e-mail to Also if you are going to be there, I will be at the Anaheim FitExpo on Saturday August 27th. Send me a note and we can meet and chat. Thanks!

Travis Ely photographed at Palm Springs Fitness Center by me with a Hasselblad digital camera system. Only the best!

Travis Ely

Yes Guys!

You see men in front of my cameras too. And not just in the gym. Bodybuilder and fitness model Jake Sawyer has often been in my photo shoots for magazine features and advertising. Everybody says the same thing… “good looking guy”.

Garage Mechanic

That Is What I Do!

You workout hard and watch your eating habits consistently. You look great because it is your lifestyle and maybe your business and livelihood. I take that just as seriously as you do. So when you come to me to stand in front of my cameras, you will get my best. And that will be way past the best from so very many.

To chat about photo shoots for yourself or your advertising or your magazines, send me an e-mail to I truly look forward to chatting with you with whatever your needs or just want to do. Thanks!

Christopher Reed, Heather Grace, Mark Ebinger

Mark Ebinger photographed by Ian L. Sitren at Power Of Fitness Gym in Palm Desert California.

The Best Part Of Being A Photographer

The best part of being a photographer is getting to shoot photographs, especially with really great looking people. Like my good friend Daniel Hill here out in the desert right near Palm Springs. Thanks!

Daniel Hill

Find Her Find Me

She is truly amazing in front of my cameras. As my often Makeup and Hair Stylist on my photo shoots she is incredibly talented. As my assistant at Muscle Beach, at 6 ft tall and gorgeous, she makes it really easy to find me. So when you look for me back stage in the workout “Pit” in the morning at check in, look for Natalie Lyle. I am the guy with the cameras next to her.

For the details and sign up for my photographing you at the huge Muscle Beach Show on Memorial Day weekend please click here. At the show or even if you are not doing the show for photo shoots that weekend, please take advantage of me. My photo shoot costs are usually at least ten times that what I charge for these Muscle Beach weekends. But you have to sign up ahead of time and ASAP before I book up. Thanks and click here…

Natalie Lyle

Working Your Way To Muscle Beach

If you are going to work that hard and do the show at Muscle Beach on Memorial Day, you have to get in front of my cameras! Just ask Melissa Loya! Time to sign up, and for more details click here…

You can have your photos on stage and backstage in the famous workout “pit”. You can also have your own mini photo shoot for yourself or a couple on the Saturday or Sunday of that weekend. That can be on the beach and around the world famous Venice Boardwalk. 

Not doing the show? You can still have your own mini photo shoot. Either way, take advantage of me! My shoot rates are often at least 10 times what I do for this show. I do these photo shoots like this only for Muscle Beach.

But you must sign up ASAP! I will not have time to photograph everyone as much as I really would like to. So get signed up and let’s get you some outstanding photographs! Click here…


Muscle Beach Memorial Day 2015

Melissa Loya at The Muscle Beach International Classic Memorial Day 2015

Your Photos At Muscle Beach!

Here we go! Muscle Beach only a few weeks away. Are you doing the show? I am available to photograph you but you have to sign up ahead of time. You can have your photographs on stage, backstage in the famous “Pit” or even your own personal, or as a couple, beach mini photo shoot. If you have wanted pro photos or have been wanting to shoot with me, time to sign up. I do not even remotely make the costs so very low except for Muscle Beach. And for the mini photo shoots, you do not have to be doing the show. Any questions, just send me a note and there is the link for more info and to sign up. Thanks!

Muscle Beach Banner

Got Your Attention!

So much fun getting your attention with my photography for The Mission:”To help our visitors reach their health, fitness and appearance goals through information, motivation and supplementation.” “The largest online sports nutrition company and recently ranked the No. 1 most visited bodybuilding and fitness website in the world!”


How To Find Me

If you are going to be at Muscle Beach for the big Memorial Day weekend show, this is how you find me. Look for my 6ft tall gorgeous assistant Natalie Lyle. Most often on my photo shoots as Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist, she is very exceptional in front of the camera too. Natalie will be helping me keep track of the people who sign up for photo shoots. For signing up details, click here…

I will be shooting everyone who signs up with me and I am the Muscle Beach photographer. Bikini class, Vintage Swimsuit, Bodybuilding, Physique, all of it, I am your photographer. It will be a really busy show and to be fair I will only be photographing the people who sign up for photographs. I just will not have enough time otherwise. At the show, you can have your photographs on stage and also you can select to add on backstage in the world famous  Muscle Beach “Pit”.

You can also have your own mini photo shoot for just yourself or a couple. On the Saturday and Sunday before the show, I will be photographing right there at Venice Beach and nearby on the beach in Marina Del Rey. And you do not have to be doing the Muscle Beach show to sign up for a mini photo shoot.

If you have at all been wanting to shoot with me or wanting to have some great professional photographs, this is the chance at a really reduced cost. I make these prices available only for times like this when I can photograph a lot of people. I have really done this so it can be as inexpensive as possible for everyone. For the details, here is the link and Thank You! I really hope as many of you as possible get in front of my cameras! Click here and please sign up right away, only a few weeks left…

Natalie Lyle

Perfect Set Up

Still so very proud and excited to have shot this cover photograph of Doug Brignole for his book, co-authored with Adrian James Tan. Sure looking forward to doing the next one too! It was a photo I had in mind all along and it set up perfectly. It all worked from Doug looking great to following my directions and the lighting set up. Great fun! Check it out here at Cognella Publishing.

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You Are Not A Bodybuilder

A note of honest clarification for some of you who reach out to me. I am happy to work with you, but so you know… If you are 5-10 and weigh 160 pounds and have enough room in the sleeves of your medium size t-shirt to stuff a loaf of bread in next to your biceps, you are not a bodybuilder. You might be a fitness model for juvenile size underwear, which is fine. But you are not a bodybuilder. If I can help get you in the right direction that is great. However just because a few people around your gym swoon over you while you are on some pastel color Pilates ball with your little chrome weights will not convince me. My buddy Jake Sawyer here is a bodybuilder. Any questions, let me know. Thanks!

Jake Sawyer on the beach in Marina Del Rey California

The Tools Of My Work

I do get asked about my set ups for shooting, lighting and background and studio and such. Often it is somewhat simple. However I choose the tools for my work very carefully. Here you can see what has become my favorite lighting, the Broncolor Para 133. This photo shoot had it powered by a Broncolor Scoro E pack. The camera also my favorite, a Hasselblad digital. Yes my choice of gear is the very high end of equipment. But I think about the amazingly wonderful people who are in front of my cameras and in that lighting. Many prep for a very long time for these photo shoots and often it is their career. Thereby deserving of the best on my part. That is my commitment. If you have any questions or would be interested in shooting with me or have me photograph your advertising or features, please send me an e-mail to I would be more than excited to chat with you. And Thanks!

Para 133 Behind The Scenes

Always Special!

I always try to make photo shoots something special. The locations here in Palm Springs sure help out. With Chris Polityka and my Hasselblad camera. Only the best! Thank You Chris, you looked outstanding!


15 More!

That look you get when you tell them that you want 15 more reps at 405! Well not really but we had a photo shoot that was just superb. Chris Polityka could not have been better in front of the camera. He does make looking good in the gym work because he knows what he is doing. Check out his company MacrosEdge and you will understand why.

Chris Polityka

Chris Polityka photographed in the gym with Broncolor lighting and a Hasselblad digital camera. Only the best! Photography by Ian L. Sitren

Take Advantage Of Me

This is where I try to get you to take advantage of me! On Memorial Day weekend I will be at Venice Beach for the huge bodybuilding and fitness competition at world famous Muscle Beach. Very simply, because I will be photographing so many people over that weekend and at the show, I go out of my way to make it as inexpensive as possible to shoot with me. You can have your own mini photo shoot at a cost I never can make possible otherwise. Check it out and please sign up as soon as possible so I can get you in. Any question please send me an e-mail to And here is the link to SIGN UP! Thanks!

Jake Sawyer on the beach in Marina Del Rey California

Jake Sawyer on the beach. Photography by Ian L. Sitren.

Iron Man Naturally Championships Competitors

Some great competitors who crossed my lens on stage at the Iron Man Naturally Championships 2016 at the FitExpo Los Angeles last weekend.

Iron Man Naturally Championships 2016

Jim Clifford at the 2016 Iron Man Naturally Championships

Iron Man Naturally Championships 2016

Lene Alexandre at the 2016 Iron Man Naturally Championships

Iron Man Naturally Championships 2016

Derrick Cole at the 2016 Iron Man Naturally Championships

Iron Man Naturally Championships 2016

Alexis Donahoe at the 2016 Iron Man Naturally Championships

Iron Man Naturally Championships 2016

Grace Marlin at the 2016 Iron Man Naturally Championships

Iron Man Naturally Championships 2016

Johanna De La Vega at the 2016 Iron Man Naturally Championships

Iron Man Naturally Championships 2016

Charlisa Nicole Villar at the 2016 Iron Man Naturally Championships