Brandon Deines: Olympic Weightlifter

I really enjoy photographing people doing the thing they do best. There's something so compelling about capturing the point at which talent, drive, determination, grit, and hours upon hours of hard work intersect. 

Brandon is a competitive Olympic weightlifter, and I had wanted to photograph him for a long time. His raw skill with the barbell and sweet beard make him an ideal subject. I had the opportunity this week to sit in on one of his training sessions. Ahead of his competition this weekend he built to around 85% of his one-rep max during this particular session. Once you see how much weight that means for Brandon, you'll understand why I recommend you do not try to fight him.

Enjoy these photos of raw power and sweet beard action. Good luck this weekend, Brandon!