Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Putting The OM into Photography by Beth Beljon

After 3 years of dabbling in the ancient art form of yoga, I decided to take the plunge and sign myself up for teacher training. This means that I am committing one weekend each month for the next nine months to eat, sleep and breathe yoga. My first assignment: wake-up at the ungodly (or what some yogis say is the "godly") hour of 4 a.m. for 40 days straight to do yoga and meditation.

This doesn't mean that I will be giving up my beloved day job as a photographer, no way. It's my way of becoming an even more fortified, calmly-centered sharp shooter. If it's a scorching 108 degrees outside and I have a sweaty, over-served cranky bridal party that needs photos taken, I'll handle it with grace and ease! OR if the bride and her father is having a touching moment before he walks her down the isle, I'll know it before it happens. My intuition only gets stronger when I practice yoga. 

Being a keen observer and a lover of celebrations, I've always felt confident providing my clients with a body of work that tells a story. Now with just one yoga weekend under my belt, I feel like I've already gained more insight, strength and focus for my next wedding and will be prepared for anything to happen.

There is a shift happening for us creative types, it's the realization that cultivating good health and a sense of well-being creates better art. Hopefully the days that you see a photographer bellied up to the bar throwing back a few with the bridal party are over. Not only is it unprofessional but it will throw off (contrary to popular belief) the photographer's acute senses and creative juices.

I know it sounds corny, but how your photographer nurtures their creative side can have an effect on the outcome of your photos. It all comes down to one thing: making sure they deliver photos you’ll cherish for years to come.  

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