Workouts for Photographers: How to Stay in Your Best Shape

Years ago, I entered a mentally dark place that led to me becoming clinically obese. It prompted me to write a popular piece about how photo-walking helped me lose weight. The Phoblographer has also talked to various folks about self-care. With it currently being summer in the US, we believe it’s time to talk about workouts for photographers. So we spoke to a few fantastic photographers about how they stay in shape. 

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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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Katia Repina on Using Yoga and Photography for Balance

All images by Katia Repina. Used with permission.

“Anytime I want to investigate a new topic I use photography to do so…”. Katia Repina is a photographer who is a wonderful example of the inquisitive mind. From weddings to documentary, portraits and now yoga, her thirst to understand is quenched through the practice of photography. Arguably better known for her projects that look at people on the fringes, her yoga series shows us a more light-hearted perspective of her creative viewpoint. Less intense, yes. Without lessons, no. Katia’s take on yoga teaches us about balance, self-worth, inner peace and challenge.

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Spencer Bentley: A Commercial Yoga Photographer


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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Yogi á Íslandi Combines Landscape Photography and Yoga

Yogi a Islandi by Tony Van Le and Nadia Nasiri-14

All images by Tony Van Le. Used with permission.

Photographer Tony Van Le is one half of a collaborative project showcasing yoga in a much different way. Peruse Instagram, and you’ll find yoga specialists doing all sorts of crazy poses in some of the coolest and most extreme locations. That’s pretty much what Yogi a Islandi is about–and it showcases the work of Yogi Nadia Nasiri. Nadia and Tony have been friends for years and as they travelled together, they were inspired by awesome locations until they got the idea to combine her yoga work with his landscape photography.

We talked to Tony about the project and the logistics behind it all.

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