So, you’ve booked a photographer to take some photos of you practicing yoga and now you’re wondering: “How do I prepare for a yoga photoshoot?” Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Below we’ll take a look at a few things I’ve learned from photographing lots of different yogis. And if I didn’t cover it all, feel free to comment below with a question or fill out my contact form.
How to Prepare for a Yoga Photoshoot
This is the biggest number one. It doesn’t matter what brand clothing you’re wearing or how your hair looks if your body isn’t ready to get straight to work.
By warming up, I mean warm up the day of your photoshoot and everyday leading up to the photoshoot for at least a week. Many people are surprised by how much energy goes into a yoga photoshoot and how hard your body works. In the days leading up to your shoot practice holding poses for longer. Don’t expect to do poses you can’t actually hold.
Arrive early to your planned location on the day of the shoot, if available, and knock out a few sun salutes to loosen up. If you aren’t able to arrive early for whatever reason, make sure you practice at home for at least 30 minutes. If you’re not warmed up when you arrive to your photo session, you lose valuable time where you could be shooting the things you want to or your body will be incredibly sore the next day. Warming up prior to your photoshoot is an absolute must. Everything else is extra.
2. Think About the WHY.
Why did you decide to book a photoshoot? Have you developed in your practice and want to see that progress? Think of the areas you’ve seen a lot of self-improvement in and make sure to focus on those areas. If you’re a teacher, think about the mood of your teaching and how you’d like to portray that in your images. Are you doing the photoshoot for marketing materials for an upcoming workshop or class? If so, what will be involved in that class or workshop? If it’s a workshop on creating sequencing, have photos of you actually sitting down and creating sequences. Really think about why you’re doing the photoshoot and what you want to get out of it. I suggest creating a mood board to help express your ideas to your photographer.
3. Think About Locations
The possibilities on locations are endless. Do you want to go to a studio, a park, into the city, in your own home? Location goes back to the why as well. If your teachings are very rooted in the natural elements and the feelings of being in nature, for example, it doesn’t make sense to take pictures in the bustling city next to a busy tube station. If your aim is to target corporate yoga classes, it doesn’t make sense to go into a forest and take photos. So your why and locations are closely related.
4. Select Different Outfits
Chances are, you’ve booked a yoga photoshoot for marketing purposes or to share on social media. Get the most out of your time and photo session by bringing multiple outfits to change into. Think about the location or locations you’ll be using and coordinate your outfits with those locations. Really communicate with your photographer if you’re unsure about what to wear. Don’t bring anything you’re not comfortable in.
On the flip side, if you decide to wear nothing and go in your bare skin, make sure the locations you’ve chosen allow this. You don’t want to be charged for public indecency. Also, ensure your photographer is aware of your intentions to be naked. Some might not be comfortable with it.
5. Plan Some Poses
Come prepared to your yoga photoshoot with a short list of poses you’d like photographed. Better yet—if you’re having multiple outfit changes, plan the poses with the outfits. For example, “Triangle Pose – Blue leggings, Camel Pose – Red leggings.”
Don’t make your list too long. You want to give yourself room and freedom to work organically during your photoshoot. If, on the day of your shoot, your body is suddenly craving to do Wild Thing, let it. Don’t restrict yourself to your list.
6. Props, Jewelry, Books, Etc.
Anything extra that you want featured in your photos besides your body, bring it. For example, if you’re doing that workshop on creating sequences as we mentioned earlier, you should bring a notebook and a pen so you can actually create a sequence during your photoshoot. You can then use those images to market that workshop. Are you partnered with a jewelry company or other brand and want to feature their products? Bring them along. Just communicate with your photographer of your intentions and what photos you want.
7. Don’t Expect to Duplicate an Image
This isn’t really a note on how to prepare, but it’s an important thing to remember anyway. You know that picture on Instagram you really love of that person doing a pose that looks really cool? Even if you can physically do that pose, don’t expect to duplicate that image. Your body will not look like that persons body because every BODY is different. Do YOUR yoga, not someone else’s. Trust your photographer to take images you will love that are representative of YOUR body.
I hope this has helped you prepare for a yoga photoshoot. Any questions or anything you’d like to add, leave them in the comments for me and my readers. Have fun on your shoot!