How to Take Amazing Yoga Photos for Instagram (2024)

January 17, 2018  •  1 Comment

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10 Yoga Photography Tips for an Amazing Yoga Photoshoot in 2024

10 Yoga Photography Tips: How To Take the Best Yoga Photos!10 Yoga Photography Tips: How To Take the Best Yoga Photos!Discover expert yoga photography tips to help you take the best yoga photos.

Stop the Yoga Selfies!

While we may have poked fun at or been judgemental towards yoga selfies, it's important to acknowledge their potential benefits. Capturing yourself in a pose can be a valuable tool for self-assessment, allowing you to check alignment and form. It's also a great way to capture candid moments of joy and accomplishment during your practice.

However, consider collaborating with a photographer specializing in yoga poses for a genuinely professional and artistic visual representation of your yoga journey. Their expertise in lighting, composition, and capturing the essence of movement will result in photographs that transcend a simple selfie and elevate your yoga experience to a whole new level.

 

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Are you looking for tips on capturing the perfect yoga photos to share on social media? Look no further! I have compiled ten expert tips based on years of experience capturing the beauty of yoga through my lens. My firsthand knowledge will inspire you to create stunning images that truly embody the essence of yoga.

  1. How Do I Get the Best Yoga Images for Instagram?
  2. How Do I Get Ready for My Shoot?
  3. What Do I Wear and Bring to a Yoga Photoshoot?
  4. What Are the Best Yoga Poses for Photoshoots?
  5. How Do I Get Inspired for My Yoga Photoshoot Ideas?
  6. Should I Bring Someone to My Yoga Shoot?
  7. Choose Interesting Locations for Your Yoga Photoshoot
  8. Experiment With Flash and Natural Lighting
  9. Explore Camera Angles and Distances
  10. How Do I Get My New Yoga Photos To Look Good on Social Media?
     

1. How Do I Get the Best Yoga Images for Instagram?

Consider taking your Instagram content to the next level with a professional yoga photography session. A knowledgeable yoga photographer understands the intricacies of the poses and angles that will best showcase your practice. They'll guide you through different postures, ensuring you feel comfortable and confident while they capture your yoga flow in stunning visuals that are perfect for your Instagram feed.

Delaney Dwight (Wheel Pose)Delaney Dwight (Wheel Pose)Yoga girl Delaney Dwight basking in the sun while doing a lovely wheel pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana) in Boulder, Colorado.

 

2. How Do I Get Ready for My Shoot?

Make the most of your upcoming photo shoot by dedicating a few weeks to practicing your selected yoga poses.

Pro Tip: Hold your breath for a few seconds while holding your pose. Holding your breath will help to maintain your pose while the photographer takes a few pictures.

Wheel Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana) on a boulder with a mountain backdrop.Wheel Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana) in the MountainsMatching the shapes of the landscape.

 

3. What Do I Wear and Bring to a Yoga Photoshoot?

Choose a couple of outfits (3-5) and props that reflect your personality. Bring water and snacks to keep you hydrated and energized.

Pro Tip: Choose solid, neutral, or muted colors for your outfit. They blend well with any environment. Bright colors tend to reflect on the skin. Get creative and bring a dress and a pair of jeans.

Denver Yoga Photography of this Sunny Yoga Girl Laura Kantwerk Modeling Mika Yoga Wear | Denver Fitness PhotographersDenver Yoga Photography of this Sunny Yoga GirlCount on this warm ray of sunshine to put a smile on your face! This fun yoga girl is rockin' Mika Yoga Wear for this yoga photo shoot in Denver, Colorado.

 

4. What Are the Best Yoga Poses for Photoshoots?

Try out any pose that makes you feel comfortable, and don't be afraid to challenge yourself with more difficult ones.

Favorite photogenic yoga poses:

  • One-Legged Wheel Pose (Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana)
  • Dancer Pose (Natarajasana)
  • King Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)
  • King Cobra Pose (Raja Bhujangasana)

King Cobra Pose (Raja Bhujangasana) on a boulder with a mountain backdrop.King Cobra Pose (Raja Bhujangasana) in the mountains

 

5. How Do I Get Inspired for My Yoga Photoshoot Ideas?

Immerse yourself in the world of yoga by following your favorite yogis on social media. Create a collection of their captivating images to use as inspiration for your upcoming yoga photoshoots.

Pro Tip: Remember to bring your list of yoga poses to ensure a smooth photoshoot.

Denver Yoga Photography of beautiful yoga girl & model Amanda Pierce. Yoga girls with tattoos.Illuminating Denver Yoga Photography | Mika Yoga WearA breathtaking, magical & powerful capture of this tattooed yoga girl in her Mika Yoga Wear. A fun & beautiful yoga photography shoot!

 

6. Should I Bring Someone to My Yoga Shoot?

Having a yoga friend with you during your photo session can be a great source of support.

Bonus: They're great at helping with various props and yoga poses.

Blonde yoga girl doing a Dancer Pose (Natarajasana) in a mountain field under the sunshine.Yoga Girl Doing a Dancer Pose (Natarajasana)Beautiful yoga photography of a Dancer Pose (Natarajasana) on the stunning Colorado landscape.

 

7. Choose Interesting Locations for Your Yoga Photoshoot

Choosing the right location for your photoshoot will make your session memorable and deliver the best photos representing your spirit.

Let's take a look at these diverse settings for your shoot:

Scenic Outdoor Spaces:

Capture the serenity of your yoga practice among nature's beauty at locations like a peaceful sandy beach, a lush forest, or a quiet park.

Urban Landscapes:

Showcase your yoga poses against the backdrop of city skylines, street art, and urban architectural designs for a contrasting visual of your organic lines against the urban setting's hard edges.

Home Sanctuary:

Create a cozy and personalized space within your home, using soft lighting, decorative elements, and calming colors to emphasize the intimate and grounding aspects of your practice.

Photo Studio:

Step into a photo studio for a creative lighting experience, giving you that professional look. A studio session will provide polished, high-quality photos for your yoga practice.

Historical Sites:

Immerse your yoga photos with a sense of history and culture by practicing at iconic landmarks or historical sites, blending your yoga practice with timeless surroundings.

Botanical Gardens:

Surround yourself with vibrant flowers and plants in a botanical garden, enhancing your yoga photos with the colors and textures of the natural world.

Rooftop Views:

Elevate your yoga photos by taking advantage of panoramic city views from a rooftop, adding an elevated perspective to your poses.

Body of Water:

Whether it's a tranquil lake, a flowing river, or a cascading waterfall, incorporating water elements into your yoga photos can evoke a sense of fluidity and peace.

Cultural Centers:

Explore cultural centers, museums, or art installations to create a fusion of yoga and cultural expression, blending the physical practice with the richness of human creativity.

Fitness Spaces:

Capture the strength and energy of your yoga practice by incorporating elements of fitness spaces like gyms or outdoor workout areas, highlighting the physical aspects of your poses.

 

8. Experiment With Flash and Natural Lighting

Natural light: Creates a soft and serene atmosphere, emphasizing the connection between the practitioner and their surroundings. Take photos during the golden hour. That is the period shortly after sunrise and before sunset. The gentle, golden light makes it an excellent time to take pictures, improving the color and mood of your images.

Off-camera flash: Helps to accentuate the contours and details of the body, showcasing the strength and precision of each yoga pose. Consider experimenting with highlights to emphasize the elegant shapes formed by the body while performing poses. You can also add colored gels for a creative and cinematic look that will stand out.

Combination (Natural & Flash): The fusion of these two lighting sources creates a soft, organic glow that highlights the fluidity and elegance of the pose, while flash lighting accentuates the intricate details and contours of the yogi.

Yoga Photography Lighting ExampleYoga Photography Lighting ExampleExperiment with off camera flash and natural light to capture amazing yoga photos.

 

9. Explore Camera Angles and Distances

Yoga photography isn't just about capturing poses. It's about capturing the nature of the practice. You can unlock a world of creative possibilities by venturing beyond eye level and exploring different camera angles and distances.

Low-Angle Shots

Imagine taking a low-angle shot capturing the overall detail of the pose. This perspective can empower the yogi, highlighting their strength and flexibility while holding challenging poses.

High-Angle Shots

On the other hand, a high-angle shot can bring focus to the model's face, creating a sense of calmness and serenity – perfect for capturing the meditative aspect of yoga.

Side Angles

But it doesn't stop there! Experimenting with side angles allows you to showcase the body's graceful lines and the flow of movement within a pose.

Close-up

And remember the power of a close-up. Close-up shots can reveal the intricate details of the pose, the yogi's determination, and the connection between mind and body.

Long Distance

Moving beyond close-up shots, consider the impact of photographing yoga poses from a further distance. This wider perspective allows you to showcase the environment with the yoga pose. Imagine capturing a yogi flowing through a Dancer pose on a scenic mountaintop or a serene Mermaid pose on a peaceful beach. By including the surroundings, you create a richer narrative, telling the story of how yoga can be practiced anywhere, anytime, and become one with the environment.

 

10. How Do I Get My New Yoga Photos To Look Good on Social Media?

Ask your photographer to resize and format images for social media or use the following chart to crop your photos for Instagram.

Instagram Post Sizes for different instagram posts.Instagram Post SizeInstagram post sizes for landscape, portrait, square, Instagram stories, and reels.

Instagram Post Size - Quick Reference:

  • Horizontal Posts (16:9) - 1080px X 566px
  • Vertical Posts (4:5) - 1080px X 1350px
  • Square Posts (1:1) - 1080px X 1080px
  • Instagram Stories (9:16) - 1080px X 1920px

I use 3000px instead of 1080px for my clients. It's convenient to have one set of images you can use on any platform and send to get printed and framed. However, I do keep Instagram Story Posts at 1080x1920.

Pro Tip: Be sure there is enough space around portrait shots to accommodate Instagram's crop.

 

Now You're Ready To Take Yoga Photos

You are progressing towards taking mesmerizing photographs that mirror the enchanting images seen in popular yoga magazines like Yoga Journal and the trendy and distinctive apparel aesthetics showcased by industry giants like Lululemon and Alo Yoga. Now go and have fun!

Kendra Cherise Miller getting beautifully bendy with her Pigeon Pose (Kapotasana) in downtown Denver.Kendra Miller Getting Beautifully Bendy in Downtown DenverKendra Cherise Miller getting beautifully bendy at our urban yoga photography shoot in Downtown Denver.

 

Check Out These Yoga Photos for Inspiration

I'd love to share my handpicked selection of breathtaking yoga images that will inspire your upcoming photoshoot. So sit back, relax, and let these stunning visuals transport you to a state of inner peace and tranquility. Namaste!

Mala beads and Anjali MudraNamaste - Anjali MudraBlack and white photos of yoga girl holding mala beads with anjali mudra.
 

Editor's Note: Originally published January 17, 2018, updated January 01, 2024.

 

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Bekah(non-registered)
These are so beautiful!!! Never seen yoga pics like these.
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