How to Pose for a Fitness Photoshoot?

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Looking to get great photos for your fitness or personal trainer business. Let me show you how to pose for fitness photoshoots!

Fitness photographer, Joshua Ardoin is based in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. I recently photographed, Isy Allende, a personal fitness trainer,  fitness model, and nutrition coach servicing the Riviera Maya.

Here are some of our favorite captures from our Playa del Carmen fitness photoshoot.

We recently did some moody fitness photos, bikini shots, and some beautiful dress photography in Playa del Carmen, MX.

Fitness Photography Posing Tips and Ideas

Tips for getting the model to look natural, ask her to just do her normal routine and shoot in burst mode. Try to make the photograph not look stagged!

Focus on Details that Emphasize the Athlete’s Strength

Another way to make your fitness photos more diverse is to focus on details. You can do this at the end of your fitness photoshoot. Focus on getting the most important shots first, and then move on to details that can better tell the fitness model’s story.

Close-up shops can be the model’s outfit, muscles, arms, or facial expressions.

Use baby oil or olive oil to give your model a healthy glow.

Dramatic lighting will make their muscles stand out.

Use a zoom lens so that you can create some distance between yourself and your fitness model.

If you get too close, you may make them feel uncomfortable.

Use Props to Make Your Fitness Photography Unique

You can add props to your photoshoot. This can increase your chances of getting featured in fitness blogs or magazines. The reason is that props can make fitness photos look even more unique and eye-catching.

Here are a few ideas:

Ask the model if she is sponsored by any clothing brands.

Flour –  You’ll need a broom, and time to clean up after. This is ideal for fitness models and dancers.

Your model, or an assistant, can throw flour around as the model poses. Ideally, the background should be black, and the lighting should be dramatic. This will make your fitness photos look unique and surreal.


Fitness photography is a fun and diverse genre. Make sure you talk to your model beforehand, so that you know what they are trying to achieve with the photoshoot. Ask her to send you some images so you can create a mood board.

Keep lighting and posing in mind throughout your fitness photoshoot. Be open to trying new photography and lighting techniques and listening to your model’s feedback.

Just be patient, have fun and shoot many shots and you will have a few great shots from your photography session.

Photography and Lighting Gear Used:

Camera: Sony A7III
Lens: Sony 35m prime
ISO 200
Light: Natural
Software used:

If you need a fitness photographer in Playa del Carmen, Tulum, or Cancun, please give us a WhatsApp +1 (713) 578 0080 or an email. We would love to work with you.

Photography Coach Joshua Ardoin

Joshua Ardoin is a Playa del Carmen-based photographer, digital marketer, and coach serving Playa del Carmen, Cancun & Tulum.

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