We have all had those experiences in life that we carefully plan and strive for, but many times, for whatever reason, they are delayed. Hopefully though, when they come to fruition they are worth the wait and the effort, this was certainly the case with Diesel. We had made contact almost a year and half prior to our actual session, but no matter how we tried to pull it together there were always roadblocks that got in the way, creating one delay after another. But, as they say, somethings in life are waiting for, and this was one of those experiences. Truly one of the most energizing and fun sessions that I have done in a long time. The bottom line is that we finally reconnect and I managed to drag him out to LA for a this session.
Diesel was born and raised in Colorado. He grew up surrounded by some of the most beautiful and majestic country in the world, pristine snow capped mountains and lush forests, all of which were conducive to a creating a great sportsman and athlete. Couple that an amazingly supportive family, and I think you have the formula that helped to create this amazing package.
It is always intriguing for me to fine out what triggers each person to pursue and follow the discipline necessary to create and enter the world of body building/fitness modeling. For Diesel, it was during his middle years in school when he had his first exposure to a fitness magazine; he was so inspired by what he saw, that he set a goal for himself to have that kind of of body. That triggered and intense desire to workout regularly, diet properly and create the type of lifestyle that would help him achieve that goal. He is always striving to make himself even better than he currently is, always pushing the envelope.
I also found it interesting, that he was never really interested in or tried to pursue the world of modeling. As a matter of fact, like most young men, he did not even like to have his picture taken. He posted some images on my-space, just to network and socialize with his friends. He was contacted by an agency in New York that liked his looks and wanted him to come to the city and do some work. At the time he was not even 18, so it required parental support, which he was lucky to have. He stayed in NY for about 18 months and was fortunate to get some really great gigs, but, just as things were starting to happen, he made the decision to return to school and let the modeling career sit in the background for a while. That is the type of decision that is brave and tough to make, as it is risky to step away when your career in front of the camera when it is just starting to taking off. More times than not, the reentry process becomes almost impossible. The world of modeling/acting waits for no one.
I must say that when we finally met, I was blown away at how he had managed to morph himself into even more perfect shape, but most importantly it was his attitude that rocked my camera. I think no matter how great a person looks or what shape they are in, it is the energy inside that make a session come to life, it is the key ingredient that makes it all work. I merely hope that my work and the exposure that we get here in Beautiful, will help him on his journey to do more fitness modeling and land him on the cover soon.