My photo shoot with Ana Maria India went really well I think. She's a willing model and I had lots of help from my wife and my BJJ friends Pippa and Amora - who was also our interpreter. I'm gonna save the pictures for magazine to hopefully use first but I couldn't resist releasing one of my snaps as part of a poster to advertise Ana's women only seminar. However, I wasn't to expect the minor controversy that it caused. See for yourself...
I posted this picture (btw the India logo is from Ana Maria's own gi patch) on the BJJ forums and Facebook and there was a very interesting reaction - divided sharply between the guys and the girls. All the women I showed this picture to (including the two in the photo) reacted really positively, calling it cool, wow, fantastic etc And the guys universally thought it was too sexy, innuendo-laden and erm, other less mature reactions.
I chose this particular still mainly because it was easily the most powerful photo in the set. The two ladies staring into the lens really draws the attention and I think strongly communicates the message of females enjoying BJJ. One person commented that this very aspect drew attention away from the seminar information. Another person posted that this pose would never be published if two guys were looking at the camera like that.
Regardless, I love this photo without thinking too much about it because it just works. Maybe rolling in BJJ has similar moments...you can spar without much thought and then every now and again, without really trying, something just works. Isn't life great when those moments happens?
Feel free to post your thoughts regarding this image. Also, are there other powerful BJJ images that you find interesting?