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Nick Isabella sits on top of a table in a darkened room wearing a Guns & Roses baseball shirt and jeans looking intently into the camera.

Nick Isabella
Fitness & Lifestyle Photographer

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Nick Isabella Photography

San Diego, CA. – United States

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Fitness & Lifestyle Photography Nick's speciality

I love capturing people in their element. The human form, especially in motion, is the most interesting and beautiful thing in the world to me. I take pride in finding that beauty and bringing out the potential in everyone I work with.

Photography isn’t just something I picked up recently. I was drawn to it as a kid, so my parents bought me a cheap film camera when I was 10. I’ve now been behind the lens for over two decades. I studied photography in college, spending countless hours in a darkroom. Once I landed in San Diego I was mentored by and assisted some extremely talented individuals, learning so much of what I know today. I always strive to improve and I make it a point to learn something on every single photo shoot.

If I have one major characteristic that sets me apart from the others it would be that I am the fitness photographer who actually does a LOT of fitness. As an Ironman triathlete, an ultra marathon course record holder and a “once upon a time” ACE-Certified personal trainer, I have a firsthand appreciation for the athletes I work with, and for what they go through on a daily basis. This perspective translates into my work and I like to say that I won’t make any of my clients do something I couldn’t do myself.

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Nick's athleticism and style come through in his craft

Creations and Collaborations

From cover shots to lifestyle, Nick's human perspective shines

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Discover the secrets of our handmade mala prayer beads and the tradition of providing a sense of respite to the wearer by setting your intentions. Available in the Justified Hype Store, hand crafted by Creator Kara Ghilarducci.

Miki Vale: Home is where

Miki Vale is a hip-hop artist with the heart and drive of an artivist focusing on social and political issues. She loves to create, to share, and to help others create, as well. She is also a poet, a commissioned playwright, and a teacher working with displaced and disconnected populations. Miki talks Respite, and what it means to feel at home.

About the Cover: Nick Isabella captures a special kind of respite

Revekka Balancier interviews fitness photographer Nick Isabella regarding “Respite.” Discover his creative process in shooting this collection’s cover of Miki Vale.

Double Exposure: Photographers in Action – Arash Afshar shoots Nick Isabella

In our debut photo essay column, Photographers in Action, Nick Isabella is in perfect form as he shoots the cover of our June issue. Arash Afshar, ever cat like, captures his gregarious yet agile technique.