Whether you’re a yoga instructor who loves the camera or shies away from it, a professional photoshoot can be a game-changing experience for your personal brand. But when is the right time? How do you prepare? What mistakes should you avoid?
I recently experienced my first photoshoot, and I wanted to share with you the essential lessons I learned. Here’s everything you need to know.
When is it a Good Time?
You may think that professional photos are not essential for your yoga career. But, there comes a time when DIY pictures might not suffice. If you’ve defined a clear brand and know how you want to represent yourself, it may be the right time to get professional photos.
Why do a Photoshoot?
There are several reasons to consider a professional photoshoot:
- Quality: High-quality pictures with great lighting represent who you are.
- Consistency: You can use these photos everywhere, maintaining a consistent appearance across platforms.
- Authenticity: Showcasing your genuine self makes you more approachable.
How to Prepare and What Mistakes to Avoid
Choosing the Right Photographer: It’s vital to find someone who makes you feel comfortable and understands your vision. For me, Ulrike was the perfect choice.
Preparing for the Shoot: Ask yourself what style of yoga you want to teach and where. Avoid “tropical images” if you’re teaching in a more urban environment. Consider your future audience, and remember not to “show off” with advanced poses if you target beginners.
Common Mistakes: Too many pictures without eye contact can be a mistake. Building trust and connection is key, so make sure to look at the camera.
Number of Images: Depending on your goal, the number of images can vary. For a new website, 20 may be enough, but if you’re going big on social media, consider packages with 50 or even 100 images.
My Personal Journey
Being in front of a camera was never easy for me. As a child, I felt the same way, and I initially avoided professional photos because I did not think I needed them. However, now that I’ve gone through the process, I realize the impact it can have.
I chose to be natural during my shoot, reflecting my brand’s essence. I opted for no make-up and ensured that my photos would be relatable to my audience.
Surprisingly, the photoshoot was a fun and liberating experience. It gave me a fresh perspective on my own brand and how I want to represent myself in my yoga career.
A photoshoot as a yoga teacher isn’t just about vanity; it’s about authentic expression, alignment with your brand, and connecting with your audience.
If you’re clear on your brand and ready to elevate your online presence, consider investing in professional pictures. It might just change the way you see yourself and your yoga career.
Interested in more insights and behind-the-scenes stories? Tune in to Episode 41 of Elevate Your Yoga Career podcast, where I delve even deeper into this experience. Join me on this exciting journey and click here to elevate your yoga career to new heights!