Squamish Yoga Studios

Aerial yoga instructors Victor and Andi Javeri of Core Intentions yoga studio work on some silk climbing moves.
Aerial yoga instructors Victor and Andi Javeri of Core Intentions yoga studio work on some silk climbing moves.

Some photos I did for the Squamish Chief newspaper this winter on Squamish’s booming yoga scene. The instructors and studios were all so busy that I had to do all the shoots after the last class of the day. Since it was all done in the winter, there was almost no natural light to work with, so everything was done with strobe lighting.

Shala Yoga instructor Tanya Hobbs performs a Pincha Mayara Sana pose.
Shala Yoga instructor Tanya Hobbs performs a Pincha Mayara Sana pose.

There’s a funny story here. This was the last shot of a very long day. I had to get right down flat on the floor to get the photo, and I was feeling all of my various stiff joints and spine injuries while I was getting back up. Tanya said, “we have a class called Yoga for Stiff Guys, you should come”. I’ve always been kind of daunted by most yoga classes, but I figured that’s exactly what I needed and ended up going to my first ever yoga class. It was great, I highly recommend it for yoga beginners like me.

Squamish yoga instructor Annie Martinello of Sacred Light Yoga with her pre-natal yoga class.
Squamish yoga instructor Annie Martinello of Sacred Light Yoga ahead of her pre-natal yoga class.

Elizabeth Nerland of Squamish studio North Yoga
Elizabeth Nerland of Squamish studio North Yoga.

Tech Stuff
I mainly used a Nikon flash unit bounced into a photo umbrella as the key light. It’s a soft light that’s flattering to most people. With the wider shots, I used another flash in a softbox the background. All of the shots were taken well after dark, so there was no natural light at all to work with.

All the photos were taken with a Nikon D3 camera with a 24-70mm zoom and two Nikon SB-910 flashes.