Once upon a time…

A handful of months ago I started spreading the word just a bit that I was working on a podcast. I purchased all the podcast-y equipment, had a friend give me the briefest rundown on audio how-to, booked a (photo) studio, and scheduled my first podcast guest. If you don’t know anything about creating a podcast and all the work that goes into it, you’d be in the same boat I am currently.

Here’s the thing: the images turned out fantastically. Some of my favorite to date, honestly. The audio, however, was not great. Bad acoustics and technical logistics aside, I am just inherently awful at interviewing people. I got STAY HOME tattooed on my knuckles before the pandemic, for f*cks sake. I, a full-blown introvert, should have known better, right?

Luckily, my subject, Monica Earnshaw of Mo Training, is a kind soul and patiently went along with my bumbling. Ultimately, we had fun, shared some whiskey, and got to know each other better.

black and white image of a tattooed human standing in front of a graffiti wall holding a skateboard

While I won’t be sharing any of the audio from our session (unless I somehow find brain space to learn how to properly edit audio, and only then will I share snippets MAYBE), I’ve been holding onto the images Monica and I made for far too long. She has an incredible story that I’ve heard bits and pieces of over the last year and a half, from bodybuilding and martial arts to panic attacks and breakups. I do hope you can see some of the rad human that she is in these images.

black and white images of a tattooed human holding a glass of whiskey and pouring a glass of whiskey

Monica has been a personal trainer for 8 years and currently operates her own outdoor gym in Houston. She has a waitlist about a mile long, 😅 but is brainstorming ways to educate those who haven’t been able to snag a training slot with her yet. Monica’s instagram holds a wealth of knowledge about movement and health. Well worth following for the story content.

image of a tattooed human wrapping hand with boxing hand wraps

On participating in her first mixed martial arts fight: “If I don’t do this, I’ll be afraid of it for the rest of my life.”

image of tattooed human sitting on the floor drinking whiskey next to image of them punching hand towards the camera

Monica’s torn ACL MMA injury and life circumstances led to finding her passion for personal training. “In order for me to be successful, I have to know as much as possible.” Devouring knowledge every day and creating new ways to train each client according to their individual needs is the foundation for any of her sessions.

In summary, Monica is a badass human.

black and white image of tattooed human sitting in a metal chair looking away from camera

Not the podcast you were expecting…

  1. Cora says:

    I agree, she’s a bad ass and also a kind caring soul just like her bad ass interviewer. Happy to see these shots and hear your story if trying on Podcasty things. It’s nice see someone sharing their journey especially when the content is so well curated. Your art and heart a gift. Looking forward to more blogs from you.

  2. Momma says:

    You’ve been a talented writer and storyteller since you were very young! The fusion of writing with photography to tell a story is genius. Cannot wait to add that 3rd layer of voice! Monica is True Grit!

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