How to Do a Yoga Photo Shoot Photoshoot

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More people are turning to the great outdoors in pursuit of a deeper sense of self, a higher calling and a better quality of life. Many have gone before you, but those that have will leave a lasting impression, and this is why it’s so important to choose your yoga photography carefully.


I was introduced to yoga photography while participating in a very intense hatha class back home in England. I had just begun my training and the teacher was encouraging us all to look through the camera and really feel the pose, not just look at the screen. At first I was a little wary, but after only one yoga photo, I knew I could love yoga photography! The images that came out of that class were nothing short of amazing. I am now practicing every day, using these same techniques to empower myself, and my students.

Things To Consider

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When looking for images to use for your yoga photoshoot, there are many things to keep in mind. For example, you may want to use a calm natural environment like a beach, river or forest, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be an outdoor setting. A quiet studio inside, with a warm comfortable chair, is also a great place to get creative and produce wonderful yoga images.You’ll want to find images that show the natural progress of your poses. The trick is to think of your yoga images as if they are a masterpiece in progress. Your goal is to slowly create these magnificent yoga pictures by getting in the pose, letting your mind wander, then putting the camera on auto-focus.


When you are selecting the locations where you will be taking your photography, be careful about the type of light your yoga photography location receives. As you well know, natural landscapes like rivers and lakes are quite beautiful at sunset, but too much sun can make your photos prone to yellowing and excessive noise. It is recommended to only take long exposures. One way to overcome this is to use the aperture settings on your camera to control the amount of light entering the lens. If you have a very wide angle lens, you can also use a large f/stop so that more light will enter the lens and minimize noise.

Proper Posture

It’s important that you keep practicing yoga poses in the proper posture. It is best to start practicing yoga photos from several feet away from the yoga poses you are already familiar with. Start with short poses that can be repeated several times while still maintaining the correct posture. Then, as you become more comfortable and good at focusing on the poses you are practicing, you can increase the distance between your shots. Of course, practicing yoga photography involves lots of mental and physical aspects, which means that you need to be really relaxed and centered before you can really get into the poses. If possible, plan to spend some time at the yoga studio where you are planning to shoot yoga pictures. Not only will you have access to the right backdrop, props and models, you will also have the opportunity to practice your yoga poses with the models who are there and get used to being in front of the camera. This is especially important if you want to create unique and personalized images from your yoga pictures. You can ask the yoga studio to give you some tips and advice on taking the best images.

Wrapping Up

If you are serious about doing yoga photography professionally, remember that every image you create must reflect the personality of the person for whom it is being produced. People can react negatively to some photos depending on their moods and feelings for a given situation. Keep this in mind when creating your instagram account and ensure that you create images that can really resonate with your audience. Good luck!

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