Meeting Eddie Hall deadlift world record holder was pretty cool.
But getting the chance to shoot him for Xplosive Ape was even better.
The 27-stone giant shot to world fame with a monster deadlift of 462kg in front of the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger.
He’s one strong dude – and he’s only 26!
As you can see from the behind-the-scenes footage it was great fun working with Eddie – he’s a real character and a funny guy.
The shoot was to show off the new Xplosive Ape spring/summer clothing range so I wanted to capture Eddie doing his strongman thing in the new gear.
I shot him tackling the atlas stones and superyoke which are iconic strongman events – and set up some posed images with various t-shirts, hoodies and training gear on.
Eddie is known for his old-school bodybuilding approach to training – so it made sense to get him bench pressing and bicep curling for the camera.
Being the world’s strongest deadlifter, I couldn’t leave without getting some shots of him doing his signature lift with the barbell.
If you know my photography, it’s clean, punchy and sharp – but the Strength Asylum has a look that gave them a cool, gritty edge.
Here are some of the images we got from the shoot: