Snow Yoga and More | Vail Beaver Creek Yoga Portrait Photography

One of the things I love about yoga is how in line with your body you can become if you focus on that connection and awareness.  In photographing an experienced yogini, you can really get a sense of this connection and it is absolutely beautiful to watch.  My model had the idea of getting outside in the snow for a yoga portrait session and this presented some logistical challenges.  One the keys to yoga is the connection with the ground and it can be quite a challenge to make this connection in unstable snow.  To overcome this, we put down a 6 foot long table in the snow to create a base for my model's yoga mat.  This allowed her to perform her asanas (postures) as she would if in a studio.  The other challenge was the cold and the only real way to combat that was to take a lot of warming up breaks in between shots.  She was a trooper and fought through the frozen feet. :) As with most photography I do, a large part of the success of this session was dependent on the lighting and I used a 5 foot octagonal softbox as my main light combined with a small speed light flash for some kicker light to get what I was looking for.  Without the lights, the background would have been a washed out bunch of nothing and you would lose the impact that was achieved in this session.

I love Trina's expression in this image as I was probably saying something silly to get her to laugh.

Parsvakonasana (extended side angle pose) is one of the most beautiful, yet simple, poses in all of yoga.  It shows such great angles in the body and flows really well visually.

This was a quick grab shot while my subject was warming up her feet.

Another one where you can see my kicker light.  I really like the balance of the light and the model in this photo.

After we had captured all of the yoga portraits we were looking for, I had to take advantage of having a gorgeous model with perfect lighting in front of me so we moved on to some fashion-esque portraits.  Making my job easier, my subject is a total natural at this and I came away with some of my favorite portraits ever.

 

Alex Cordoba | Denver Yoga Portrait Photography

As I have developed more and more in my yoga practice, I have found that there are certain teachers that really stand out and have an innate ability to connect and share beauty and strength with their students.  My friend Alex Cordoba is one such teacher.  She teaches at multiple studios around Denver including Qi City Park and Lotus Room Yoga as well as offering private instruction.  Her website is http://alexcordoba.com/.   Alex needed portraits for use on her new website and for her future marketing efforts for her private instruction ventures and I was stoked to take on the job.  We chose to use the studio at Lotus Room as the location and I attended her morning class to get in the right mindset. :) Alex is incredibly strong and I wanted to highlight her muscles and I therefore chose to use some strong side-lighting in a bunch of the photographs.  The sun was being diffused by an overcast sky so I decided to make my own sun with a large flash placed outside of the windows and triggered by remote.  When you light something from the side, it brings out the details and this was what I was going for with Alex's portraits.  I had such a great time making these images and I thank Alex for being such a great subject and teacher!

For this first image, I actually had 3 flashes firing at the same time to create the effect I wanted.  There was the one outside coming in from the left of the picture; one coming from the right pointed directly at the back and side of Alex to give the glowing rim light; and one bounced off a wall on the left side to light up the artwork in the background.

Denver Yoga Portrait Photography
Denver Yoga Portrait Photography
Denver Yoga Portrait Photography
Denver Yoga Portrait Photography
Denver Yoga Portrait Photography
Denver Yoga Portrait Photography
Denver Yoga Portrait Photography
Denver Yoga Portrait Photography
Denver Yoga Portrait Photography
Denver Yoga Portrait Photography
Denver Yoga Portrait Photography
Denver Yoga Portrait Photography
Denver Yoga Portrait Photography
Denver Yoga Portrait Photography
Denver Yoga Portrait Photography
Denver Yoga Portrait Photography

Alex was very passionate about going outside and using this couch as a prop for this pose so I moved it in front of this awesome graffiti wall to take some fun shots to add to the others.

Denver Yoga Portrait Photography
Denver Yoga Portrait Photography