06 July 2011
RIP Skip Faulkner
I've just heard that one of the original fitness photographers, Skip Faulkner has passed away. I don't have any details as to when/how but that's not really important.
I met Skip by chance while doing a photoshoot at the Mandalay Bay pool in Las Vegas (back when the Olympia Expo was held there). My model, Fawnia Mondey (now Deitrich) introduced us.
Skip was a real character, impossible to forget, at the time a heavy smoker and drinker, and a real nice guy.
That Olympia weekend we went to a fitness bikini competition, from which I did shoots with Maddy Howard & Tonya Lynn. The following day he invited me to watch him shooting fitness legend Sherry Goggin. It was the first time I'd ever seen how another photographed worked.
He was a true gent, even introducing me to Robert Kennedy during the Olympia Expo.
We kept in touch for a few years, but with Skip doing less and less work within the fitness industry we eventually lost contact.
RIP Skip, you will never be forgotten.
Update: Not sure how long his website will stay online, but take a few moments to look at his work - www.skipfaulkner.com.
Update 2: If you have any memories of Skip that you'd like to share, please leave a comment below.
Update 3: Skip pictured above with Natural Muscle Magazine owner Debbie Baigrie.
Update 4: Adding a picture of Skip and Lisa Reed.