Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Urban Yoga - Commercial Photography

Oreste teaches at Infinite Yoga in Little Italy, San Diego.  He discovered Ashtanga Vinyasa in 2000 when recovering from a back injury. In just 3 weeks the pain, which hadn't responded to 2 months of medication, completely disappeared. Oreste has studied extensively with Indu Bala Bhardwaj and many other prestigious teachers and is a certified yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance.

Oreste wanted to shoot his portraits in an urban environment and add a twist of his own personality into the images.  We traveled on location to UCSD in La Jolla, where he also teaches photography, and setup portable strobes to compliment the architecture and natural light.  The poses may come from classical yoga, but these are definitely contemporary portraits.  Here's just a taste of tonight's photo shoot.  More to come soon!

Update: In Jan 2011, Oreste went to study for one month with Desikachars at the Krshnamacharya Yoga in the Viniyoga.  He had many trials, tribulations, and epiphanies that changed his way of life (and thinking) forever.  You can check out his blog, "From India, With Love" to laugh, cry, and be thankful he's home safe at: http://india-with-love.blogspot.com/

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