Yoga Photography: 8 Tips For Capturing Amazing Yoga Portraits

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Whether you are a yoga teacher or a yoga fanatic, read on for tips and tricks to become more confident at capturing amazing yoga photos and images!

Let me start by saying that being photographed does not come naturally to me, and if you’re anything like me, the experience can be awkward, stressful, slightly embarrassing and occasionally traumatizing. So why take yoga photos at all? Photos of yoga asanas are everywhere these days – look up #yoga on Instagram and you’ll find more than 18 million photos, and that’s not including all the photos from other related hashtags. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I post approximately one yoga picture a week: I share these photos because it’s a great way to take a snapshot of my practice from a single moment of my yoga journey, and not to mention it’s also a fun way to blend some of my favorite things: yoga, travel, photography and writing.

Just a few months ago, I was taking yoga selfies in the most no-frills way: resting my phone against the sofa or chair on the ground, setting a self-timer, and then racing back to the yoga mat to get into the pose. As you can imagine, this resulted in many ridiculous outtakes and hyperventilation. This process then eventually evolved into using a cheap phone tripod and bluetooth clicker (still not 100% ideal) and now primarily involves me hassling my boyfriend and friends to take photos.

For yoga teachers, it’s also an important visual tool to show your personality and share the nature of your practice with potential employers and students. I’m no seasoned expert by any means when it comes to yoga photography, but as I continue to build out a portfolio of yoga photos, here are some of the things that have worked well for me, and might be useful for you too!

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