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Sydney Yoga Photographer: Ally

Sydney Yoga Photographer: Ally

Ally is such a gem. I had seen her face around the studio but we had never properly met until she got in touch to do a photo session. We had such a nice afternoon together at the beach, chatting and getting to know each other all the while capturing some gorgeous shots. Ally moved back to Victoria soon after our shoot, but I’m so very glad we got to connect before she did :)

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My Solo Mom Holiday: New York

My Solo Mom Holiday: New York

Back in May, when I started telling people that I was about to fly to New York, by myself, everyone looked at me like I was crazy. And fair enough. I'm a mostly-stay-at-home parent with 2 small children, 2 part-time jobs and a husband who works a lot. Oh, and we're not independently wealthy. Taking off on overseas holidays by myself isn't exactly an everyday occurrence.

The idea took hold when our friend mentioned that she was going to New York for her sister's wedding, and my husband said casually, "You should go with her." I'm pretty sure my response was something along the lines of: "Are you insane?" He started looking up flights and Airbnb's and he insisted, "I really think you should go. The kids will be fine."  

Once my initial shock wore off, I came around pretty quickly and spent the next day trying to find someone to go with me. My friend Sam was intrigued (cheap flights! Brooklyn in June! girls trip!), and by the next night we had booked our flights and accommodation.

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Sydney Yoga Photographer: Inhale Arms Up

Sydney Yoga Photographer: Inhale Arms Up

I first met Leanne through a mutual friend, and we immediately got to talking about yoga. A fellow yogi mama, Leanne has been teaching for 16 years in the US and Australia. She's a wealth of knowledge and she's now using this knowledge to mentor other yoga teachers through new new platform, Inhale Arms Up. I love how as yoga teachers we're constantly learning, and striving to grow and I know that Leanne is going to help so many teachers!

We got together to do these photos on a sunny autumn day at Ballast Point Park in Balmain. Leanne was such a great model - graceful and light hearted. Here are a whole bunch more photos if you'd like to take a peak...

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Northern Beaches Yoga Photographer: Nicole Grace Yoga

Northern Beaches Yoga Photographer: Nicole Grace Yoga

On the day of my shoot with Nicole, the forecast was for rain, and having just had a shoot get rained out, I was wondering if we should reschedule. Being more brave, or maybe more trusting than I was, Nicole said, "let's go for it!" She was completely right. When we got to our location on the Northern Beaches, the cloudy afternoon was the perfect fit for Nicole's branding. And as the storm did eventually roll in, our view of it was amazing. We got back to our car just in time to avoid getting drenched. Perfect timing.

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Eastern Suburbs Yoga Photographer: Amy

Eastern Suburbs Yoga Photographer: Amy

You know when you meet someone for the first time and you have so much in common that you can just talk and talk and talk? Well that's what it was like when I met Amy to chat about photography; we of course got on to the topic of yoga, and teaching yoga and yoga trainings and our favourite teachers and on and on. We did eventually get to the topic of yoga photography, and Amy had the brilliant idea to use Nielsen Park as our location. It's a great spot because we got so much variety from just the one session.

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Sydney Natural Health Photographer: Emma

Sydney Natural Health Photographer: Emma

Something I really love about my job is the opportunity to connect with other natural health practitioners, like yoga teachers, kinesiologists, massage therapists, naturopaths etc. I know firsthand how important it is to have photos that truly reflect you and your work, and that you feel proud to share. So when Emma reached out needing photos for her new website, I was thrilled to work with her. 

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Knitting for my girls

Knitting for my girls

Seeing as it's winter here in Sydney (and it's actually been cold lately!), I've got knitting on the brain. I mostly knit for my girls because crafting for kids is so very forgiving. They look cute in everything, and if something ends up too big, I figure, "great, they'll grow into it." And if something ends up too small, I figure "great, Hazel can wear it."

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Sydney Maternity Photographer: Liv

Sydney Maternity Photographer: Liv

The end of pregnancy is such a special time. You're on the cusp of a huge change, and it's this balancing act between excitement for the future and enjoyment of the present. My friend Liv is in that place now, due to have her first baby very soon. You can just feel how ready and how excited Liv and Dave are to become parents, and also how much they're relishing this time beforehand. And one day very soon, I'll get the call and I'll make my way over to their place to meet their daughter and take newborn photos. Can't wait!

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Sydney Yoga Photographer: Egg of the Universe

Sydney Yoga Photographer: Egg of the Universe

Egg of the Universe Yoga Studio and Wholefoods Cafe is an absolutely magical place. It's like a little oasis in the big city; you can go to a yoga class that's sure to leave you feeling happy and centred, and then enjoy a wholesome meal while sitting under the elm tree. What's not to love?

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How to Prepare for Your Yoga Photoshoot

How to Prepare for Your Yoga Photoshoot

Over the last couple of years, I've had the privilege of photographing many different yoga teachers. After working with both men and women, new and advanced practitioners, in studios and at outdoor locations, I've picked up a few tips that I thought might be helpful to anyone who is preparing for a yoga photoshoot. So here they are, my top tips to get the most out of your experience:

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Sydney Yoga Photographer: Cath

Sydney Yoga Photographer: Cath

Way back in the day, on my very first trip to Sydney, I found a yoga studio that I loved. I started practising there most weekdays, and Cath was one of my first teachers. I hadn't seen her in quite a while so it was lovely to have the chance to catch up and take photos of her in this beautiful, light-filled studio. 

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Sydney Family Photography

Sydney Family Photography

I've known this lovely mum since she was pregnant with her little boy and started coming to my prenatal yoga classes. Both of our pregnancies overlapped and I always loved chatting with her about all things pregnancy, birth, and babies. 

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A Yoga Maternity Session: Jemima

A Yoga Maternity Session: Jemima

It's been on my bucket list for a while now to do a yoga maternity session for someone, so when I got Jemima's email I actually squealed with excitement. When we met up last weekend I was expecting to capture her doing simple standing poses like Warrior 1, 2 etc. Boy was I surprised to find that at 36 weeks pregnant Jemima's practice still includes backbends, inversions, you name it! Photographing her and her baby belly was a dream. I'm so excited for her and her partner and can't wait to hear news of their baby's arrival very soon.

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Sydney Yoga Photograher: Jan

In the weeks before leaving Sydney, I managed to squeeze in a handful of yoga sessions. It was a busy couple of weeks but so much fun to work with so many amazing yogis. Jan is one of them; he's an inspiring yoga teacher and nutritionist working all over Sydney. You can find out more about him here.

Sydney Yoga Photographer: Kate

Kate is a fellow North American yoga teacher here in Sydney, as well as a gifted painter. She had so many great ideas for our session, and our 2 hours together flew by. These are just some of my favourites!

Sydney Baby Photographer

One of the best things about my job as a yoga teacher is getting to know all of the wonderful women who come to my prenatal classes. This is especially true for the periods of time when I was pregnant and teaching. I got to compare bellies, and share all those milestones right alongside the other mums-to-be. Like this mum, who had her baby a few months after I had Hazel. It was so nice to get to meet her baby, and share stories about our respective bubbas. I'm just so honoured whenever I'm invited in to document these early days; they are so precious.  

Sydney Yoga Photographer: Yasu

Most of the time, my clients find me via word of mouth but Yasu found me via a google search, which is pretty darn cool. The magic of the internet never ceases to amaze me.

Anyhow... Yasu is a school teacher AND a yoga teacher. She's also an avid world traveler and was giving me a serious case of wanderlust with the tales of all of the places she's been. She has just started teaching classes in Japanese, so if you're looking for a Japanese yoga class, she's your teacher! You can find her website here

Featured: DOYOUYOGA

I was absolutely thrilled to wake up to an email from DOYOUYOGA letting me know that I was featured in an article titled '10 Absolutely Amazing Yoga Photographers.' What an honour!

I did my first yoga class when I was 15, which means that I've been practising (with varying levels of commitment) for half my life. And I have ALWAYS been the-girl-with-a-camera. Yoga and photography truly are my passions, and combining the two... Well that's been an unexpected twist that I am so grateful for. 

Sydney Yoga Photographer: Modo Yoga

Late last year I got an email from a fellow yoga teacher; she was opening up a new yoga studio and needed photos for their website. I think it was the last shoot I did before going on maternity leave, and I'm so glad I squeezed it in. These guys are just awesome. It turned out that their team was 75% Canadian, so it was nice to hang out and chat with people who sound like me :)

They were opening the very next day, and it looked amazing. There was obviously so much love and hard work being poured into their studio, not to mention excitement! You can find more details about Modo Yoga Sydney here

sydney portrait photographer: emily

I first met Emily through yoga world many years ago so I was excited when she got in touch to get some headshots done. Emily is an awesome yoga and meditation teacher with a website that you can find here. She was also recently interviewed on the Slow Home podcast about her daily meditation practise. It's a great listen :)

Emily and I did a mini session (hence the smaller number of photos), which is a great option for anyone needing just a handful of new photographs.  Perfect for yoga teachers and other natural health practitioners. If you're interested in booking a mini session, shoot me an email at gabrielafearn@gmail.com