When I first moved to Melbourne a few years ago, find a beautiful yoga space was a very difficult task. Although yoga has been practiced in Australia for years, it hadn’t yet reached the audience that appreciates, and will pay for a premium space.
I’ve seen an explosion of incredibly designed spaces lately, and one of the best is Light Space Yoga founded by Susan and Clare. Large expansive windows let in an incredible amount of beautiful light and that’s something that I, as a photographer, appreciate.
So the challenge I gave myself was how can I augment the already beautiful light to give this yoga shoot a commercial look.
In both of the images above, I placed my Profoto B1 behind Tayla and to camera right. It was fitted with a 175cm Elinchrom Rotalux Octabank and used to create a subtle rim light. Here’s a behind the scenes image of the set up:
Second Set Up
A second set up I did was to pump in a bit of extra light from in front of Tayla to even out the lighting. I moved the lighting set up to camera left near the window, this time in front of Tayla. Notice that the rim light is gone, but the light on Tayla’s face and neck is more even.
There is no way I can do this pose…
Here’s what that set up looked like:
In and indoor situation like this, I can do the work unassisted as I don’t have to worry about the wind blowing the lighting stand over.
I was happy with how the images worked out. I felt that I was able to add a level of production value without having the images look fake.
Of course adding light isn’t necessary for every shoot, but it’s good to practice so that you know you have the skills when you need them. The lighting was so beautiful that I only needed to tone the images, no further retouching required.
I really had a great day shooting with Tayla and it was great to have Fatima on set to capture some behind the scenes images. It was a team effort!
Thanks to Light Space Yoga
I’m very grateful that Clare and Susan let us use their beautiful Balwyn studio for the shoot. An incredible location like this makes a huge different.
They’ve recently opened up a new studio in Mitcham, so if you’re around that area, you should check it out!