Let me start by saying that my photo shoot with Pilates in East was with a group of impressive women. Pilates and Barre exercises are popular and many folks know what they are. However, not many have taken a class or have been taught by a professional staff. Pilates in East offers both pilates and barre classes to its clientele from around West Michigan and are a group of the most fit women I've ever photographed. I first met studio coordinator, Katie, at a Saint Mary's Foundation event and as we talked, she mentioned her studio may be looking for updated photos sometime in the future. Since we love providing business photography in Grand Rapids, we exchanged contact information and a few months later, she reached out regarding a shoot in the spring. Our first meeting was at her studio in East Grand Rapids where she gave me a tour. The space is all hardwood floors, floor to ceiling mirrors and an entire side of windows over looking downtown Gaslight Village. As we discussed her needs, they wanted updated portraits of their instructors, photos that displayed the wonderful space they invite clients into and instructors working on the equipment they use on a regular basis.
The biggest obstacle that we worked through was floor to ceiling mirrors on two of the three non-window walls of the studio. We walked through how we could capture the windows, mirrors and instructors, while still hiding me as the photographer. If you look below, the images with mirrors do not have me in them, which was a very strategic process of studio lighting.
The day of the shoot, Katie coordinated the instructors, hair and makeup and Ahmé, the Studio Director was the stylist for the day when it came to posing and technique for the instructors. Ahmé is not only the studio director, but she is also a pilates conference presenter and TV show host. Her expertise and knowledge took the session to a whole new level.
The ladies demonstrated poise, grace and strength, all of which pilates is known for. To be honest, I have never seen a more fit group of women who range in age from their 20s to 50s. They are a very impressive team who knows how to help someone get into the best shape of their lives.