Latergrammers Event Recap: Stretch & Pose

[drop_cap]For our second Latergrammers Meetup we teamed up with Vancouver yoga instructor Carolyn Budgell to treat guests to a morning of sweat, snacks, and visual content creation.

With the help of Brainstation Vancouver and Alexandra Photography, we spent the morning sharing visual content insights with attendees to show guests how to capture their best yoga pose on camera.[/drop_cap]

Shooting action-based photography can be a bit more complicated than styling a flatlay – human subjects tend to have a mind of their own! – but there are a few simple techniques to snapping an Instagram-worthy photo that are fairly easy to follow.

[section_title text=”Key Takeaways to Capture Your Best Yoga Photo”]

Latergrammers Stretch & Pose

Warm up

For the subject:
To appreciate the full depth of the posture and capture your best pose, it’s best to warm up before your shoot. Candid photos are the best, especially for more action-based photography. There’s nothing worse than a subject who looks stiff and uncomfortable, so get your body moving. Besides, a bit of sweat will add to the composition of your photo.

For the photographer: 
Take a few test shots to guage the lighting of the room. When capturing more dynamic photos you don’t always know what the subject will be doing; it’s best to test the lighting and all of your eqiupment beforehand so there are no surprises.

Latergramme Stretch & Pose Pick the right pose

For the subject:
Select a posture that displays the long-lines of the body by extending arms or legs. Poses that use a lot of the space in front of the lens show up great on camera.

For the photographer: 
Shooting video, burst-mode or on a timer setting are other options to get great shots of your subject in more dynamic settings. Depending on the posture or sequences of events, shooting in burst or with a timer will take a lot of photos in rapid succession for you to create GIFs or other visual media later on.

Find the right location

For the subject:
The location really sets the tone for your photograph. A plain backdrop, such as a white wall, puts the focus on the subject more so than the setting. Selecting a more dynamic background, like a spot outdoors in nature or in front of windows, creates a more layered visual story to engage your viewer.

For the photographer: 
Location is key when shooting photos or videos no matter the subject matter. As the photographer, you should look for a position that is unobtrusive, but also allows you to engage with your subject without disrupting the photo. Depending on the posture, it may be better to get height or get down low to get the best shot.

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The final portion of our meetup was dedicated to styling a flatlay photo with the swag provided by our event sponsors. We told guests to get creative and were truly impressed with how, despite having the same items to choose from, each attendee was able to create a unique perspective all their own.

[section_title text=”Flatlay Photography Contest Winner”]

Congratulations to Rachel Steinman of The Spoonful of Honey!

We love how Rachel used different elements of texture in her photo and used the space provided to make the most out of the natural lighting.

A photo posted by Latergramme (@latergramme) on

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To see the rest of the photos from our event, please visit our Facebook page.

[section_title text=”A huge thank you to our event sponsors”]




Header image by Alexandra Hahn

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Stephanie is the Community Manager at Later. You can follow her on Instagram or Twitter @byStephie.