Technology: VR and Shadow Boxing

A woman standing in a Paris park at night with shorts and fishnet stockings wearing VR glasses while shadowboxing
Shadow Boxing. Photo: Tony Ward, Copyright 2024

Virtual Reality and Shadow Boxing

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Photography and Set Design: Tony Ward, Copyright 2024

Creative Direction: KVaughn

Lighting Assistant: Anthony Colagreco

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In recent years, Virtual Reality (VR) technology has made significant strides in revolutionizing the way we approach exercise and fitness. One particularly exciting application of VR in this realm is the development of boxing programs designed to provide users with engaging and effective workouts. As of the latest information available, VR headsets equipped with immersive boxing simulations offer users a dynamic and entertaining way to improve cardiovascular health, enhance agility, and build strength.

The latest VR headsets boast advancements in display resolution, refresh rates, and tracking accuracy, providing users with a highly immersive and realistic experience. With improved ergonomics and comfort features, these headsets ensure that users can engage in extended workout sessions without discomfort or fatigue. Additionally, the integration of motion tracking technology enables precise and responsive gameplay, allowing users to execute punches, blocks, and dodges with fluidity and accuracy.

In terms of boxing programs specifically, developers have introduced a variety of VR experiences tailored to different fitness levels and preferences. Whether users are looking for high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts, skill-based drills, or immersive boxing simulations, there is a diverse range of programs available to cater to their needs. These programs often incorporate gamification elements, such as leaderboards, achievements, and progress tracking, to motivate users and enhance their overall experience.

One notable aspect of VR boxing programs is their ability to simulate real-world training scenarios and environments. Users can spar with virtual opponents of varying difficulty levels, practice combinations on punching bags, or engage in shadowboxing routines in immersive virtual arenas. The dynamic nature of these simulations keeps users challenged and engaged, making workouts more enjoyable and effective.

Moreover, VR boxing programs offer a level of accessibility and convenience that traditional gym settings may lack. Users can engage in workouts from the comfort of their own homes, eliminating barriers such as travel time, gym memberships, or equipment availability. This accessibility makes VR boxing programs particularly appealing to individuals with busy schedules or those who prefer exercising in a private environment.

In addition to physical benefits, VR boxing programs also offer mental and emotional rewards. The immersive nature of VR experiences allows users to escape from their surroundings and immerse themselves fully in the workout, reducing stress and increasing mindfulness. Furthermore, the sense of achievement and progression gained from mastering new skills or achieving fitness goals can boost confidence and self-esteem.

Overall, the latest developments in VR headsets and boxing programs for exercise represent an exciting frontier in fitness technology. With their combination of immersive gameplay, dynamic workouts, and accessibility, VR boxing programs have the potential to revolutionize the way we approach fitness and exercise, making workouts more engaging, effective, and enjoyable for users of all ages and fitness levels.

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A woman standing in a Paris park at night with shorts and fishnet stockings wearing VR glasses
Photo: Tony Ward, Copyright 2024

Tracey Olkus: Behind The Scenes

 

Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2024

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Tracey Olkus:Behind The Scenes

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Tracey Olkus and I have known each other for decades.  Philly is a small town amongst creatives.  We worked together on shoots over the years as she is one of the best hair stylists in Philly, but I never had a chance to photograph her as a subject, for years I only worked with her like any other colleague in the Arts. Tracey always had this allure but shy in a way or so it seemed. Last year I invited her up to my new studio in Elkins Park to assist on a shoot and I also invited her to attend a party at my house during the summer. That’s when it finally clicked that I wanted to photograph her for The Vixens Series.  The time was ripe.

After several back and forth communications, she agreed and noted that she had never been photographed by a professional photographer before.  I felt honored and I think she cherished the moment. So the process began.  I asked Tracey to put some fashion together from her wardrobe and explained the process of how I work with creative director, KVaughn. They too have known each other for decades so communicating  by Zoom was easy and so began our team’s creative journey.  There would be four to five changes within a two hour shoot schedule.  My lighting assistant, Anthony Colagreco was working the lights. Fortunately for us, Tracey had lots of interesting costumes that KVaughn curated and molded into the style in which the series has become known. KV especially knows I have a thing for hats. Tracey is also a headdress maker. A creative match made in heaven and the pictures are always the result.

Tracey indicated on the eve of her sitting that she was a little nervous.  That to me usually indicates the person that I am photographing is fully immersed in the creative outcome, which through my experience tends to lead to a positive result.  I simply assured her she was in good hands.

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To be cast for The Vixen Series contact: Tony@TonyWard.com.

To access The Vixens Series gallery link herehttps://tonyward.com/the-vixens-series/

Unveiling Your Professional Brand: The Art of the Portrait

Unveiling Your Professional Brand: The Art of The Portrait

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Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2024

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In today’s digital age, first impressions are often made through the lens of a camera. A professional portrait serves as a powerful tool to convey your personal brand, establishing credibility and leaving a lasting impact on potential clients or employers. However, achieving that perfect shot requires more than just a quick snapshot – it’s an investment in your professional image. So, what can you expect when you invest in a professional portrait session with Tony Ward Studio?

Firstly, you can anticipate working with a skilled team who understands the nuances of capturing the essence of your personality and profession. Our experts possess a keen eye for lighting, angles, and composition, ensuring that your portrait radiates confidence and authenticity. We will guide you through the process, offering direction on posing, expressions, and wardrobe choices that best complement your desired image.

In addition to the photographer’s expertise, you’ll have access to a professional studio setting. Tony Ward’s newly constructed studio is designed to create carefully curated lighting and backdrops that align with your personal brand. From voluminous cloud backdrops like the one used for influencer Katie Kerl’s  portrait, or to more creative environmental settings like the studios recent creation of a set depicting a French garden at night in Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the background, Tony Ward Studio provides a controlled environment to capture your ideal look.

Influencer Katie Kerl and writer for Tony Ward Studio has new headshot taken
Katie Kerl. Photo: Tony Ward, Copyright 2024

Moreover, a professional portrait session may include a comprehensive styling consultation with our in house creative director, KVaughn. Whether you require assistance with hair and makeup or need guidance on selecting the right attire, our team will ensure that every detail is thoughtfully considered to enhance your overall look and appearance.

Once the session is complete, you can expect a selection of high-quality, retouched images to choose from. A veteran photographer like myself understands the importance of post-production editing, meticulously refining each shot to achieve a polished and powerful result. This attention to detail ensures that your final portrait portrays you at your best, showcasing your confidence and professionalism.

Investing in a professional portrait is an investment in your personal brand, career aspirations and your acquiring a piece of fine art. While the cost may vary depending on your needs,  the benefits of a well executed portrait is invaluable. It’s an opportunity to create a lasting first impression, establish credibility, and present yourself as a competent and trustworthy professional in a visually driven world.

Our Team Work pagehttps://tonyward.com/team-work/

Call us to discuss your next portrait session or for additional services we may offer: 267-475-0828.

Antoinette. AKA Scorpiana: You Cannot Pour From an Empty Cup

Beautiful tall black woman models a KVaughn couture jacket photographed by Tony Ward Copyright 2024
Antoinette. AKA Scorpiana. Photo: Tony Ward, Copyright 2024

Text by Antoinette, AKA Scorpiana

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You Cannot Pour From an Empty Cup

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You cannot pour from an empty cup. 

This was the single best piece of parenting and life advice I have ever received and my continuous reminder to take care of myself. Navigating multiple polyamorous partnerships requires a lot of time and effort but those relationships continuously fill my cup. It was thru one of those relationships that I was introduced to rope bondage, and with it a whole new world in the BDSM community.

Chinese woman hanging upside down in bondage in her bedroom
Savanna. Photo: Tony Ward, Copyright 2024. Rope Work by Scorpiana.

Rope spoke to me in a way nothing had previously. The artistry, the physical challenge, the emotional connection it can foster. Being restrained was the first time in my life I could turn my brain off and just be in the moment, in my body. Learning to tie others was the most fantastic puzzle that continues to challenge me physically and mentally years later. It is a rare situation where I have never gotten bored, and boredom is ever present in my life as a human with ADHD. Balancing my kink life with my vanilla life as a working mother of two kids has me literally and figuratively pulled in multiple directions every day. Yet it is thru rope that I keep my cup full for the rest of the things in my life. Rope bondage has provided a unique emotionally connective experience with friends and partners alike. It is an expression of my creativity and an artistic outlet unlike any other.

closeup bondage photo of woman's butt
 Tony Ward for KVaughn Scarves, Copyright 2024. 

Sculpture with the human body, a transient dynamic living piece of art. Expanding access to rope bondage for those who are traditionally not included due to body size and ability is this intersection between my professional life as a physical therapist and my personal life as a rigger that allows me to share my love of learning and teaching with other marginalized groups. Tying others, and being tied, has been a source of joy that has kept me happy and grounded and better able to show up in all other aspects of my life; as a parent, as a partner, and as a physical therapist. 

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Beautiful tall black woman models a KVaughn couture coat photographed by Tony Ward Copyright 2024
Antoinette. AKA Scorpiana. Photo: Tony Ward, Copyright 2024

Behind The Scenes: March Cover Shoot 2024


Text by Tony Ward

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BTS: Steve Feldman, Copyright 2024

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I first learned about Lileet and her modeling interests when she started following me on Instagram. After looking over her IG @lileet_miriam  I followed her back. Not long after the initial contact I decided to invite her to be photographed for The Vixen’s Series. Her response was brimming with enthusiasm and eager to set up a shoot date. She mentioned that she was going to be in Philadelphia for a party with her husband on 2-24-24. I thought that was a lucky number and suggested that we figure a way to shoot on that day before she went to the party. We settled on “the lucky date” and that she would be arriving at around 10:30am for hair & Makeup and to meet with KVaughn, creative director to discuss the photographic styling  and flow of the two hour shoot.

The husband and wife of 12 years (impressive by most standards these days) took the 2 hour ride from their home in New York only to arrive a little early. I already had the coffee on and some snacks, but I didn’t expect a request for champagne.  I guess Lileet and her husband knew this would be day worth celebrating. So I ran off to the nearby state store for a couple of bottles of Corbel.  Bottles  were popped and the mood was set.  The champagne was finished by the end of the shoot. Everybody was in a good mood.  KVaughn directed  Tara through a medley of costume changes including personal items from her wardrobe like the corsets she loves to wear mixed in with some of KVaughn most eye popping fabrics. For the  grand crescendo, KV would paste on blue costume jewels over her Tara’s spectacular naked torso! That was a tough shot to frame, just kidding!!

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Relaxing after the shoot. Photo: KVaughn