One of my goals as a photographer is to shoot commercial work for athletic companies. The majority of my shoots this past year, especially during the beginning, have been fitness related. I've always wanted to shoot with a yoga studio so I googled all the studios nearby my house and cold called/e-mailed almost all of them. I didn't get any responses so I expanded my search into the city. I e-mailed a few yoga studios in Chicago, I really didn't expect to hear back from them. These studios in the city seemed like the 'big leagues' - they were popular & busy so surely they wouldn't have time to work with me. To my surprise, Ali from Bare Feet Power Yoga quickly e-mailed me back and we set up a day to shoot.
I remember being extremely nervous and stressed over this shoot. I really wanted to crush this shoot, so I did a lot of prep work. I went and visited the studio and met Ali about a week before the shoot - they were in between classes so I did a few test shots inside to test the lighting. I knew it was going to be a challenge, the studio was just one room with one door at the front letting in light from the outside. The studio was very simple, wood floors & yellow pain on the walls.
The day of the shoot came, I shot with three of their instructors. They were so great to work with. So laid back, friendly, and most importantly they were patient with me while I set up my lights/modifiers.
Here are some of the photos from that shoot: