This one goes out to all of our fellow photographers and wedding vendors!
We got into this job because we love the people, the moments, and the excitement of a wedding day. However, it doesn't take long to start feeling the effects of the long days. Aching shoulders, bad backs, tired legs and thumb blisters (yes, that's a real thing). Oh, and let's not forget to mention sun burns, bug bites, and grass stains on every piece of clothing we own.
But if you are like me, you still love it! Through all the aches and craziness, I still love capturing this once in a lifetime day for the amazing clients we have the privilege to serve.
We need to take care of our bodies
So, if we want to stay in the industry more than a few years, we need to take care of our bodies, right? So, how do you do that? Everyone has their own method. And if you don't have one, you need one! I have found mine in yoga.
When I did my very first photography internship with Neil Sjoblom years ago, I learned about everything from lighting, to editing and people skills. But I still remember the day he told me to take care of my back.
I believe he had just come back from the chiropractor. Even though I was young and pain free, I took his advice and purchased a rolling bag to prevent future shoulder pain. I later invested in the Spider Holster system to take the weight off my shoulders and move it to my hips. These two pieces of equipment are some of the best investments I have ever made.
Step two for me, has become yoga. My path to daily yoga was not a straightforward one.
My first experience with yoga was in college, and as much as I wanted to like it, I thought it was strange and uncomfortable. I drifted away from it for a few years, and then tried again at a handful of different local studios.
I'm not sure exactly how it happened, but this is my best guess:
One day, I didn't want to leave the house to go to class, so I searched online for yoga classes. I did one with Jillian Michaels, and a few others whose names I have since forgotten. Then I found Yoga with Adriene. I instantly connected with her personality and yoga style and subscribed to her channel. I mixed at home yoga with classes for quite a while.