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8 Tips to Prepare for your Yoga Photo Shoot

With the right preparation you can make the most out of your photo session and ensure that you have beautiful, professional images that showcase your yoga practice. Below are some tips to help you prepare for your photo shoot.

Remember to have fun during your photo shoot! This is an opportunity for you to showcase your practice and share your passion with others. Relax, be yourself, and trust your photographer to capture your unique beauty and grace.

Set An Intention

Much like with your yoga practice, set an intention for your photo shoot. Think about what you want to convey through your photos and what emotions you want to evoke. Setting an intention can help you feel more focused and present during the shoot, and give your photos a more authentic and personal touch.

Hire a Yogi

Consider hiring a photographer who is also a yoga practitioner. A photographer who has knowledge of yoga can better understand your poses, angles, and the overall feeling of your practice. This can help you feel more comfortable and confident during your shoot.

Get Inspired

Creating a Pinterest board of inspiring images and poses can be a great way to communicate your vision and ideas to your photographer. You can save photos of poses, outfits, props, and other inspirations that you like and share them with your photographer before the shoot. This can help your photographer better understand your style and preferences, and ensure that you get the shots you want.

Location, Location, Location

While I primarily shoot in the studio with natural light, I am always open to shooting in different locations depending on your preferences. If you have a specific location in mind, such as an outdoor setting or a unique indoor space, please discuss the idea with me in advance so that we can ensure the location is available and appropriate for the shoot.


If you plan on shooting in a public space, it's important to make sure that we have the necessary permissions and licenses to do so. Additionally, if the location is far from the studio, we will need to factor in additional travel time and logistics when planning your shoot.


Remember that the location should also fit with your visit and schedule. If you're unsure about where to shoot, I'm happy to suggest some options based on your preferences and needs.

Bring Props

Props can help you achieve more advanced poses or add interest to your photos. Consider bringing your yoga mat, blocks, straps, or any other props you regularly use in your practice. Additionally, accessories can add interest and depth to your photos. Consider bringing items such as mala beads, crystals, singing bowls, or rain sticks to incorporate into your poses. Talk to your photographer in advance to discuss what props they have available and how they can be incorporated into your shoot.

Your yoga mat will likely be visible in your photos, so it's important to select a clean mat that doesn't clash with your outfit. Consider choosing a neutral-colored mat that complements your skin tone and clothing. Avoid mats with patterns or bright colors that may be distracting in the photos.


Professional makeup can help enhance your features and give you a polished look in your photos. Consider hiring a makeup artist who specializes in natural and dewy looks. If you're doing your own makeup, make sure to keep it simple and avoid heavy makeup or bold colors that may look too dramatic in the photos.



Your hands and feet will also be visible in your photos, so it's important to take care of them. Get a pedicure and manicure before your shoot, or at the very least, make sure your nails are clean and trimmed. Avoid bright or bold nail colors that may clash with your outfit or look distracting in the photos.

Practice Your Poses

Practice your yoga poses in advance to feel comfortable and confident during your shoot. Think about what poses you want to showcase and what variations you can do to add interest to your photos. Remember to breathe and stay present during the shoot to help you achieve the best possible results.

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