Yoga Photography 2017 with Tips l Behind The Scenes

Hey Yogi's and Photographers! If you came here to get some tips on shooting beautiful yoga photos then you are in the right place. I'll get into some of my favorite tips in a minute but first let's talk about the planning involved.

Planning a photoshoot can take time. Time to plan the location, the concept, the lighting setup and so on. If your concept is pretty specific then you'll probably also spend time searching for a team to help assist you. If planning out details really isn't your thing then no worries. Sometimes going with the flow works out rather well! Plenty of my shoots have gone well with just having a general plan and an open mind.


Dean - @ thetaoofdean

Dean - @thetaoofdean

TIP 1: Allow time for the subject to stretch before you start shooting. 

Personally, I feel like this is pretty self explanatory but for the sake of talking about an important tip, we are going to add it in. Just like athlete's, Yogi's have to warm up their muscles and joints. I typically allow my subject a good 15 minutes to stretch out and get warmed up. This way my Yogi will be able to get deep into postures with much less trouble. Also, safety first!! While they are stretching, you can spend time setting everything up.


Mel - @ melliecay     Bev - @ threeebeverley

TIP 2: Detail shots go well with full body shots. 

This might sound like not a big detail to pay attention to. I assure you though, getting a good detail shot will only add greatness to your set. For example, getting a shot of your Yogi with prayer hands to third eye center has a lot of visual interest. Everyone and their sister want to look like Instagram Yogi's these days so create a story through each photo. Moral of this tip is to use your creative eye to find those interesting detail shots.


Paris - @ paris.coleman

Paris - @paris.coleman

TIP 3: Bring a list of the poses you want to shoot and refer to the list in between.

Preparation is KEY!! Putting together a list with your Yogi before the shoot will save you both time. Instead of scrambling to figure out the next pose, go through a list. This makes the shoot flow a bit easier. I always ask my Yogi what postures are their strengths and go from there. Start with simple on the mat postures and then work your way up to standing.




Check out the Behind The Scenes video for more fun below!


Sharing Poems I Wrote In High School l Circa 2007


Writing has ALWAYS been a passion of mine! Ever since I took a Creative Writing elective in my Senior year of high school, I have loved to write. So I suppose it's really not a surprise that I'm now into blogging. Back then I used writing as a release of ideas. Now I use it as a way to express myself to others!

This blog is a reflection of who I am and what I've experienced. Allow me to introduce you to all of the pieces of me through this channel. Below are two poems I wrote while taking this Creative Writing class. I'm sharing these with you because I want this to be a place where I can be personable with my following.

Also below are three film photographs that I took my first year of college. I was just starting to learn manual camera settings. These are the only good ones I captured because I am not great with film photography. Enjoy!


In my dreams

Dreaming, in my eyes
is to wander throughout the sunrise

In my dreams
lies would be a conscious threat
with all the rules already set

In my dreams
nothing is impossible
and nothing is improbable

In my dreams
rain will fall
but only when I call

In my dreams
fears will come alive
only to be recognized

In my dreams
music is a reflection of self
not a sign of wealth

In my dreams
the stars will tell their stories
filled with love and many glories

In my dreams
my world will forever be sealed away
so don't try to find a way



Giving You Away

A new challenge begins
Against our own wills
Changing each and every moral
While discovering destiny

You give me no choice
Im giving you away
To an unknown future

Just to envision a lifestyle
Without any feelings of regret
Would end every dream
Worth fighting for

You give me no choice
Im giving you away
To an unknown life

Misused words are never heard
By the solemn minds
Of tomorrow

You give me no choice
Im giving you away
To an unknown chaos



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