#9 - Training Day

For those new to this monthly installment, Conversation with A Stranger  is a regular series from local photographer Stephen S. Reardon. This quick post captures a local stranger and only gives a tiny bit of background – but not much else. We’ll let the photo speak for itself. Have you met any strangers lately?

Conversation With A Stranger #9

Pictured: Elizabeth Van Der Horst
Occupation: Rochester MMA fighter (Mixed Martial Arts)
Location: BEDROC MMA

Notice the city around you: "I never do this for my portrait project Conversation With A Stranger, but I searched out Elizabeth after reading an article about her path to become a Mixed Martial Arts World Champion. I was allowed to sit in on a private training day and photograph at BedROC MMA, the gym she calls home. Hoping for much success to Elizabeth Van Der Horst." – S. Reardon

More: Elizabeth is an Undefeated MMA fighter. Currently in Fighters Source Tournament, on her way to fight for the National Title in CA and World Championship Title in Brazil. Follow her at: @battlequeenkiddo, www.facebook.com/BattleQueenKiddo

See previous Conversations with a Stranger:
#8 - Behind the Bones
#7 - In A Truck
#6 - Motorcycle Makers
#5 - In a Museum
#4 - On a '57 Bus
#3 - No Longer a Stranger
#2 - An Artist at the Market
#1 - A Luthier on East

See more Strangers: here


Stephen Reardon, a photographer for over twenty years, has gained much of his professional experience living in Denver & NYC, but these days can be found in Rochester happily creating iconic portraits for the commercial & editorial industry. Follow him on Facebook and Instagram.