I started a project earlier this year with Bikram Yoga - Sea To Sky. This is my local Bikram Studio here in Squamish. I have been practicing Bikram Yoga since 2006 and it's been a bit of a Love-Hate relationship for me up until this last year, now I just love! I was finally able to 'slow down' in life and this has definitely improved my relationship with Bikrams!
When studio owner, Jena Steele, mentioned that she wanted to update her website photos, I jumped at the chance to help out. You see, I love photography and I love Bikram Yoga so what fun would that be!? And fun we had! We set aside a few days and had students of the studio as our models. A vision Jena had for awhile now.
We had the students in front of a black back drop and ran through each posture. This proved to be a little bit tricky for a number of reasons. First, the lighting was continually being moved to accommodate the awkward and varying positions of the postures thus making it tricky to light in limited time. The students were also now attempting the same poses they do on a stable surface, only now they had the slippery paper back drop to contend with and for the majority of the poses had no mirror to look in, and in case you do not know, that makes a lot of these poses that much trickier! In spite of all this, we did come away with some great photos!
The second part to this project was a bit more relaxed. It involved me taking my camera and lenses into the hot room during class to get more candid and artistic shots. This too had it's challenges. Lenses fogging up, a few students requesting they not be in the shot (fair enough), but mostly just trying to be a fly on the wall so as not to disturb everyone while they were going deeper into their postures. Believe me, I REALLY wanted to shoot at 10 frames per second, but the machine-gun like sound was a bit too much for this scenario. This was still my favorite part and I was really excited with some of the shots I came away with.
I have completed the project and wanted to share some of my favorites photos from the bunch. What I'm really excited about is the book I published. Here it is: http://www.blurb.com/books/3368399
I really enjoyed this project and learned a lot! I'm really happy with the resulting photos, but I already have ideas on how I would do this again! I hope you enjoy the photos and remember, these are all just ordinary people, like you or me, who have fallen in love with this Yoga, so perhaps they will inspire you to try out Bikram Yoga at a studio near you!