Here Are The 8 Steps I Took When Hiring A Local Photographer To Create My Very Own Royalty Free Images 

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In 2012 I booked a day with a local photographer to take yoga photos of me. The one above (me in Bridge Pose) is one of them.  In a 6 hour session, the photographer took over 500 photos!  And at the end of the session I felt like I’d run a marathon! I’ve run marathons before, and I’m not joking when I say it’s like running a marathon. I ached from head to toe!  

Anyway, the effort was well worth it.  

Those images are now available as a bonus within the Yoga Teacher Lesson Plan Kit.  You can use these royalty free yoga images in your yoga lesson plans, on yoga posters or anywhere you like.

OK, if you’re interested in hiring a local photographer, here are the steps I took…

Step 1 | Google

I Googled “photographers” in [my town name].

Step 2 |  List 

I opened up my Evernote and added a list of all the “photographers” in my local area.

Step 3 | Phone

I picked up the phone and called several of the “photographers” on my list and picked the one I liked the most. Here are the questions I asked…

Can you make the photos have a white background?”

His response was, “Yes” and he brought a large white background and white floor to the venue which made all the photos come up with a white background.   This was important to me because I wanted the images to look professional.  I didn’t want a coach or a wall in the background.

How much do you charge?”

He charged £150 for a day photo shoot.

Are you up for a barter?

He charged £150 for a “day shoot”, so I offered him 18 weeks of yoga classes.  He almost said “yes”.

Do you edit the images?

He said that it would cost extra to edit the images.  As I’m fairly good at editing images, I did the editing myself. He took 500 images, so it took quite a long time to go through and edit the images. The only editing I needed to do was to resize the image and a bit of cropping.

Step 4 | Hire a Venue 

If the photographer hasn’t got a large enough space to take photos of you in “yoga poses”, I recommend you hire the venue where you currently teach yoga. I called the dance studio where I taught and asked if I could book a half day to use the studio. It only cost me £30.

Step 5 | Yoga Bible 

I took several books to the photo shoot with me. The main book I used was the “Yoga Bible”. I then flipped through the book going from asana to the next. The book was kept just out of shot, but close enough to quickly pick it up and go to the next pose.

Step 6 | CD 

The photographer will probably send you a CD with all the images.

Step 7 | Edit 

If you don’t know how to edit images (resize and cropping), then get the photographer to do the editing, or if you have a teenager close to hand, ask him/her to do them for you in exchange for something the teenager craves (e.g. you could purchase the World Of War Craft Game if they’re into their gaming).

Step 8 | Use 

Use them! That may sound obvious, but I was so exhausted after the photo shoot and editing the images that I didn’t use the images much on my website. My intention had been to write yoga lesson planning articles on my blog and include images of myself. It took me months before I started using them.

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George Watts

BWY Yoga Teacher at George Watts Yoga
This post was lovingly morphed into reality by BWY yoga teacher, George Watts. If you're looking for a treasure trove of yoga lesson planning goodness, take a quick peek at Yoga Teacher Lesson Plan Kit.

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