The Photographer’s Workout

June 1, 2011

in Dana Suggs, DIY Photography Tips, Photography Tutorials

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I had a Photo shoot workout with a friend and fellow photographer, and after I could barely move the next day, I realized I may have stumbled upon something. Yes, I’m gonna patent it, back off. 🙂 Eat your heart out zumba, I’m finally gonna be rich!!

Let me introduce you to the

The Photographer’s Workout!



This entails laying on either your back or side to get that perfect angle! Lift your upper body (and that 100 lb camera) 90 degrees off of the ground. Repeat 10 shots reps. All photographers will have rock hard abs in no time!


Crab Walk

This is especially effective while chasing babies and toddlers, or staying out of view during weddings. This must not be done too many times…..or your body may indeed stick like this.


photographers workout

Here we have our models demonstrating the different weights available; newborns or teddy bears. Remember, as with all workouts, please consult your doctor to ensure you are in proper physical health to lift weights. Do not try to lift the toddler boy your first time doing this workout. They are made of rocks

Toe touches

Without actually ever touching your toes.   I’m not even sure I could reach my toes.   Wait, I’m not sure I can even see my toes… do my shoes match?

These can be done in various forms: reaching out to your client, or held for 30 minutes over a sleeping baby in a basket. Both are quite effective in toning your core.

The Walk

Whether with attitude, chasing a runaway baby, or stalking a wedding party, this promises to leave you winded…..and possibly prostrate on the floor in an asthma attack. Wait…maybe that’s just me. Why aren’t I thin?

The Rock Climber

Or hood of a truck….or chair in a field….or 7ft ladder…….or the family bed….or quite literally ROCKS.

Find whatever it takes to get that perfect angle and climb aboard! Notify those around you that if you fall, they are to catch THE CAMERA. CATCH THE CAMERA! I do not recommend doing these after the Crab Walk or The Walk.


These are great for instructing your client how exactly you would like them to pose……or possibly making them do incredibly silly things all for a laugh later with your other photographer friends. Tone those abs, stretch that back, strengthen that core while you laugh hysterically regaling the tale of the shoot! What happens with photography friends, stays with photography friends. 😉

And of course, as with every workout, we must end with the

Cool Down

Never forget the cool down. Ever.

And now that I have successfully “patented” The Photographer’s Workout, I will be going on my book  tour autographing my best selling weight loss book:

The Photographer’s Diet

The Photographer’s Diet is limited to:

  1. Bottled water warm from sitting in the car while you are out on your photo shoot Photographer’s Work Out.
  2. Granola bar 6 months past the expiration date because you had the forethought 2 years ago to drop it in your camera bag.
  3. Handful of nuts you snuck from the wedding reception table. Don’t tell about the fingerprint in the wedding cake icing.
  4. Fruit moldy and dry from being left in your camera bag 2 weeks ago. Call it “dried fruit” and all the naturalists will buy it!
  5. Candy….mainly chocolate, used after an especially stressful family shoot of 4 children, an inattentive dad, and a screaming mom. This should be taken in high doses.
  6. Sonic Happy Hour. {sigh} They have 398,929 different drink combinations. No, really! They do! Diet cranberry limeade. YUMMMM-O!

LAUGH ON!   And, always be kind to others!

PS.  A SPECIAL thank you to Arden Prucha and Mia Coelho for letting me use their behind the scenes photos of their photo shoots!


Dana Suggs PhotographyDana Suggs is an I Heart Faces Contributor and the owner of Dana Suggs Photography.  She loves to blog about her beautiful family and welcomes everyone to follow her on her Facebook Fan Page as well.


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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Camille Duckworth September 4, 2012

Oh how this is all so true and so hilariously put! I have to admit that working out aside from my photographers workout daily, helps prevent the soreness after, but I warn my clients beforehand that they may or may not witness some sweat on my face. And under my arms. And if we are super successful….a bit of butt sweat heaven forbid. Shoot on Photographers~!


Kezia August 21, 2012

This is so funny because it is SOOOOOO TRUE! My buttocks is always super sore next day. I should do this everyday because it is so fun! 🙂


Sue January 15, 2012

I love this, it cracked me up. I’ll definitely add a link to this post if ever I start up a photo blog. It’s unforgettable.


Gail Roles January 7, 2012

Love, love, love this!! So funny and so true…can I borrow and give you credit also? Thank you for the wonderful post!


Claire Ong January 7, 2012

I lol’d reading 2, 3 & 5. Thanks for the humor!


John Valenty June 9, 2011

Sonic Happy Hour… oh yes. Cherry Lime-ade slushee


Marlene June 3, 2011

Thanks for the laugh, loved your post! I think you should “patent” it!!


Glimpses of Soul June 3, 2011

Haha, so true! The Photographer's Workout:


bridget {bake at 350} June 3, 2011

Haha….I love it!


Wendy B June 3, 2011

HAHA!! This was a great read!


Shiang-ling Bissonnette June 2, 2011

OH How I love this. May I borrow this for my blog and send the credit towards you?


carissa donarummo June 2, 2011



Deborah June 2, 2011

Hilarious. Totally made my day!


laurel June 2, 2011

🙂 🙂 🙂 … You “get” me 😉


Kristen Amos June 2, 2011

Sooo true, and so hilarious! Morning after a shoot, I feel like I just ran a triathalon. My family thinks I’m faking, they don’t get it. Great article!


Denise George June 2, 2011

Love this! Too funny and so true! Everyone wonders why the photographer is sweating bullets and the clients aren’t….


Julianna June 2, 2011

I laughed till my tummy hurts while I read this. I’m a portrait photographer specialising in domesticated animals aka pets and the workout regime echoed my regular routine. Great write-up!


Ronda Simpson June 2, 2011

This is ALL sooooo true!! LOL!!
Love it! 🙂


Ngarie June 2, 2011

So true i think you have covered it all Love the diet bit as well


Kristin LaRue June 2, 2011

I always get winded during shoots too and I have discovered that sometimes I hold my breath while taking pictures (WHY??) lol.. or when I’m down on my knees photographing kiddos, digging my knees into rocks, CACTUS (YES THAT HAS HAPPENED), or a lovely fire ant mound.. LOL it really is a work out. But I’m still fat. darn! Very funny though.. thanks for the read 🙂


Lynn Clark June 2, 2011

I was just thinking the other day that I need to get into better shape so I can handle my photoshoots. Now I see that the shoot IS the workout. Love it!

PS one thing missing from the diet: pain reliever of your choice


Tammynize June 2, 2011

Before I finished the post I was gonna ask you about the photographer’s diet…and then I scrolled and there it was. You thought of everything!


Joann Balay June 1, 2011

So true! Thanks for making my day!


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