Spencer Bentley: A Commercial Yoga Photographer

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All images by Spencer Bentley. Used with permission.

“I draw my inspiration from a lot of different places. It could be a song I listened to, or a painting that I may be thinking about, or simply the feel the location that were shooting at,” says photographer Spencer Bentley about his images of his wife doing yoga. “We usually go out with a certain number of poses we want to nail, then I kind of let the inspiration come to me.” He tells us that his wife is a big part of the creative process that she gives news points and perspectives on things that he didn’t have. “I tend to see shots from a purely artistic point of view, where she can be more commercially inclined because she knows what appeals to her followers.”

Spencer has been shooting photos just for fun for years, but made the leap to go pro five months ago. As a wedding gift, he received the Fujifilm X-E1. It helped me immensely as Spencer admits that the older he gets, the less he is able to find creative outlets for himself. He admits to knowing nothing about photography until the moment that he had a eureka moment. “Something about seeing a concept come to life exactly how I envisioned drove me to dive head first into the discipline. I read up on every genre, all the greats, and every method I could,” says Spencer. “I started to become inspired by photographers like Sebastião Salgado, Fan Ho, Richard Avedon, Gordon Parks, and countless other truly brilliant artists who had mastered their fields of photography. With so many amazing directions possible, I actively fought against specializing in anyone type of photography.”

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One Photographer’s Perspective from the 2017 Women’s March

Photo Essays is a series on the Phoblographer where photographers get to candidly speak their mind about a specific subject or project of theirs. Want to submit? Send them to editors@thephoblographer.com.

All Images By Spencer Bentley. Be sure to follow him and his business on Instagram. Used with Permission. 

 

Every now and then an event occurs where disparate points of tension and interests in your life converge. Whether or not that event is something you want to celebrate or just hurry to forget is usually a matter of chance and circumstance. Luckily for me one such an event occurred in the best way possible with the Women’s March on Washington.

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Self Care for Photographers: Why You Need to Do More Core Work

For years, I had a lot of significant back pain. It was only in my 30s that I realized how crucial exercise is. Couple that with the fact that we’ve reviewed the most camera bags of any publication on the web, and you genuinely need exercise. Thankfully, the back pain has gone away with exercise. But more importantly, what we found is that it’s all about exercising your core. If you’ve been curious about self-care for photographers, we invite you to dive in with us.

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