Kick Boxer Portraits: Steven ‘Pocket Rocket’ Cook

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: November 18, 2014

Category: General

Hi Folks

Today I thought I’d share a couple of portraits from a recent shoot with Kick Boxer, Steven ‘Pocket Rocket’ Cook.

Having successfully defended his British Title this year, 2015 will see him going for not one but four World Titles, and having seen him in training I’m just glad he’s on my side 🙂

Over the coming months we’re going to be working together on a regular basis to photographically document the journey, so I’ll be sure to keep you up to date as we move forward.

Anyway, here’s a couple of portraits from a quick shoot this past weekend and lower down in the post I’ve included a quick Behind the Scenes grab to give you an idea of the lighting set up…



Lighting Set Up
Simple set up which takes up a small amount of space within the gym…

The large (VERY large) umbrella makes for a great white background without having to set up a seamless roll background and use additional lighting.

On the boom I used an Elinchrom D-Lite 1 RX (because it’s so incredibly light) with the Elinchrom Square 44cm Reflector and Grid. A silver/white reflector was also used to push a little bit of light back into the shadows.


Couldn’t resist taking a quick grab shot of Steve with the two latest additions to his ‘Pack’…


As always if you have any questions / comments then feel free to drop me a line to or post a comment in the section below.

Have a good one and I’ll catch you back here next time.

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  1. Thomas Nyhus

    Hi Glyn,

    Im a huge fan, i only shoot sports, thanks for sharing some of your wizdom. To me it looks like there is rim light on bough sids of Stevens face, in picture two. Is that from the umbrella?

    Kind Regards

    • Glyn

      Hi Thomas…Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Yeah the rim lighting is all from the light through the umbrella.

  2. Fabrice

    Hi Glyn,

    I love it. Your post come right in time with my project of making pictures of Thai boxers in my area (Toulouse – France). All your previous posts gave me the inspiration for this project I just start a few weeks ago. I’m not yet there, I built some confidence from the coach and the boxers, during the first session. Know I should be able to ask them for more of there time for shooting portraits.
    You’re doing a fantastic job helping your readers not only with the technical side but also on the inspirational side of the business.

    Thanks for everything


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