As a professional photographer operating in Norfolk, I was commissioned by Bernie Sheehan who runs mindfulness meditation and yoga classes in Norwich to take some photographs for her website. Below is her guest blog.
“It was January and blowing a gale outside – not ideal weather for location photography for my new yoga website. So I approached David Woodcock to see if he could take some studio photos. I wanted a clear, neutral background for the pictures. This was so the focus each time would be on the alignment of my body on the yoga mat.
David had the perfection solution, using his new chroma key equipment. Photos are taken against a green cloth backdrop. This allows the photographer to strip away the background and substitute another during image-processing. (The same technology is used for special effects in film and TV.) It was my first photo shoot and a steep learning curve for me.
David had to check the light was right for each pose, and took several shots at different exposures. It meant holding the yoga postures for minutes at a time – I have new-found respect for photographic models! Luckily I’d brought along a friend, who helpfully smoothed out wrinkles in my t-shirt and checked my posture for the camera.
David was a true professional at all times during the photo shoot. He offered practical suggestions based on his many years’ experience as a photographer. It was a fascinating insight into the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to produce the ‘effortless’ poses you see in yoga magazines and books. The results were just what I wanted and the photos will feature in the ‘Pose of the month’ page on my website. Hopefully, next time I need new photos for the site, the weather will be kinder and we can use the Norfolk coast as a natural backdrop!”
Bernie Sheehan below in various yoga poses.