Behind the Scenes: Lifelong Yoga Photo Shoot

We interrupt my regularly scheduled posts on breath to bring you behind the scenes at the photo shoot for our forthcoming book, Lifelong Yoga, to be published by North American Books in summer 2017.

Since the book targets people who are either new to yoga or figuring out how to make yoga a lifelong practice through their forties, fifties, sixties, and beyond, we wanted real-people models representing each of those decades, demonstrating real-world expressions of doable poses. Two of our models, Patricia and Victor, had previous commercial and runway modeling experience. The other, my husband, Wes, has been behind the camera many times snapping pictures to illustrate my writing, but never in front of it. Tammy Lamoureaux from L’Amour Foto and her able assistant, Brett, did a beautiful job keeping everyone natural and at ease, and Alexandra and I ran them through the poses. There were also snacks. Take a peek behind the scenes:

This is Patricia, a student at Carrboro Yoga. Unfortunately, our curls are obscuring most of her glorious cheekbones!
This is Patricia, a student at Carrboro Yoga. Unfortunately, our curls are obscuring most of her glorious cheekbones!
We shot in the Gold Circle Room at Carrboro Yoga, though you won't see it when you read the book, as we used a white background.
We shot in the Gold Circle Room at Carrboro Yoga, though you won’t see it when you read the book, as we used a white background.
Wes was a little sore after his modeling session! Modeling is very different from practicing—you hold poses longer and don't breathe naturally.
Wes was a little sore after his modeling session! Modeling is very different from practicing—you hold poses longer and don’t breathe naturally.
This is my standing view of one of the cover options.
This is my standing view of one of the cover options, shot with my iPhone.
And here's all the work happening behind the scenes to get the cover image!
And here’s all the work happening behind the scenes to get the cover image! Next book: yoga for photographers. Tammy spent hours on her knees on the floor with nary a complaint.

We can’t wait to put the finished product in your hands. We’re hard at work finishing the draft!

—Sage

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Sage Rountree

Sage Rountree is author of six books on yoga for athletes, most recently Everyday Yoga.

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