Jim Campbell, of OmLight Photography does lots of yoga photo shoots, mainly in the Boulder, CO area. A few months ago, July 7th, 2010 to be exact, Michelle (my fiance) first heard about Jim from an ad he placed on Facebook asking for volunteers to appear in a group Wheel Pose photo shoot and she really wanted to participate so I went with her to record some video.
The amount of people who actually showed up compared to the number who put themselves on the list as “coming” was disappointing, but the whole morning was super-fun. Jim didn’t want the girls to jump right into the wheel pose without warming up so he offered a free 45 minute yoga class in Chautauqua Park.
I was peer-pressured into taking part by the girls and Jim, so I didn’t get any of that recorded, but his assistants took some photos which you can see here. I’ve never taken part in any yoga class before because I’ve only done routines from P90X, Rodney Yee, or printed out from the web so that was a new experience for me. It was great having a new teacher with all new moves, some of which I could barely get through, and all while doing it outside on a beautiful cool Saturday morning in the grass. It felt great.
After everyone was warmed up, we all rolled up our yoga mats and headed up to the hiking trails to begin the photo shoot. Check out the video below to see how Jim got the girls prepared. Scroll down if you want to skip ahead to see video of the actual shoot.
In case you’re wondering where I’m at, I didn’t participate because I was recovering from a recurring back injury. There was no way I was going to try the wheel at that time. I can barely do it anyway. Once everyone was in place they all stretched into wheel pose as far as they possibly could while Jim and his two assistants took photos. Check it out.
Jim puts together lots of interesting photo shoots, such as in the dark, underwater, and in other crazy landscapes, so if you live in Colorado follow his Omlight Photography Facebook page and take part in his next shoot for a free class and fun times.