Megan is one of the people that I think I have known the longest since I started doing boxing. She was a member at my former gym, and she was one of the various other people that migrated to Team Octopus after they closed. And it is truly amazing to see how much she has improved as a fighter in that period.
She and I did a little bit of light sparring once or twice when we were at Delgados, and I just remember her being a bit timid and afraid of me due to the size difference that exists between us. That is completely understandable in my view. I am 6’6” and in general just a big guy, and so there is natural intimidation factor that goes along with that. Additionally, I have a tendency to push with my punches and have a lot of weight behind them, and that adds to that feeling of being overmatched.
However, I don’t think she would act that way now. She definitely carries herself with a lot more confidence, and you can tell she has really been working on her game. If she and I were to get into the ring today I definitely feel like she would go after me, and that is impressive in my book.
More to that point, if Team Octopus gave a "most improved" award to members: I think Megan would be on the short list to win it. She is one of the hardest working people at the gym and truly puts me to shame with regards to the effort she puts in. On a given day, you can almost always find her there working the heavy bag or in talking to one of the trainers asking questions about what she could be doing better. She is truly an inspiration in that regard and you can help but marvel at her work ethic.
Regardless, this was my first time shooting Megan and given how long I have known her… I really wanted to do a good job and capture how much she has improved as a fighter since we started. Unfortunately I am not sure I did that. Don’t get me wrong I feel like I got some decent images of her, but shooting women is just different.
More specifically, with guys they just want you to take whatever shot makes them look like a badass. When I showed some of the shots I took to Megan she made a comment about how they made her look mean. (Admittedly she did also comment about how good one of the shots made her body look… which is a nice response to get.) I can understand how some people, specifically women, might not like that kind of portrayal, and so I tried to select images that stayed away from that.
In the future I may need to try something different when it comes to taking photos of her. Ideally I want to find some way of capturing her skill as a fighter while at the same time preserving her natural beauty and femininity.