Why should I get a Fitness Photoshoot?

Are you looking to boost your confidence, build your self-esteem, and feel empowered? A fitness photoshoot might be just what you need. Fitness photography is an excellent way to capture your progress, celebrate your hard work, and show off your body in the best light. Read on to learn more about the benefits of fitness photography and how to make the most of your photoshoot.

What is a fitness photoshoot?

A fitness photoshoot is an exercise that’s centred around showcasing your physical fitness, whether you’re a bodybuilder, powerlifter, or a gymnast. The goal of the photoshoot is to document your progress, highlight your achievements, and celebrate the transformation that comes from your hard work. Fitness photoshoots can be done in many different settings, including in a photography studio, working gym, your own home, or in a more abstract location such as a meadow or cityscape.

They can be just you on your own or in a group shot in the gym, or they might incorporate different props, such as a bench, some dumbbells and a mirror. The possibilities are genuinely endless.

Why should you consider a fitness photoshoot?

There are many reasons why you might want to consider a fitness photoshoot. It can be personal reasons, to provide confidence and motivation to keep going as you document your progress toward your physical objectives. Or, it may be a way of creating professional UGC for your partnered and sponsored brands to share on their social media, or it may be for PTs to organise to highlight the transformation of their clients.

The Benefits of a fitness photoshoot

A fitness photoshoot offers many benefits, including:

  • Boosted confidence: A fitness photoshoot can help you feel more confident in your body and your abilities. Seeing your body in the best light can help you feel empowered and proud of your accomplishments.
  • Documented progress: A fitness photoshoot is a great way to document your progress over time. Seeing your body in different settings and poses can give you an idea of how far you’ve come and how much you’ve achieved.
  • Celebrate your hard work: A fitness photoshoot is a great way to celebrate your hard work and dedication. Seeing your body in the best light can help you feel proud of your achievements and motivated to keep pushing forward.
  • Share your progress with others: A fitness photoshoot can be a great way to share your progress with friends and family across your social media Whatever your body type, work with a professional photographer that puts you at ease and boosts your confidence, and you’ll get some amazing photos that you can share with the world.

How to prepare for a fitness photoshoot

Before your photoshoot, it’s important to take the time to prepare. Here are some tips for prepping for your fitness photoshoot:

  • Get enough rest: Make sure to get plenty of rest the night before your photoshoot. This will help you look and feel your best.
  • Wax or shave your body hair: On the day of the shoot, you’ll want to make sure that all your body hair on show is waxed or shaved. It will help to create a clean and polished look in photos.
  • Avoid training on the day: You’ll be exercising through the shoot and will have plenty of time to pump up and stay looking your best throughout.
  • Remember the carbs: Fast acting and slow releasing carbs such as rice cakes, dark chocolate and dates are ideal
  • Pick the right clothes: Make sure to pick out the right clothes and props that will make you look and feel your best. Speak with your photographer if you aren’t sure, a good one will know exactly what will work for you.
  • Gather some ideas and inspiration of the style of photos that you would like to create and send these to your photographer, or view our own fitness photoshoot ideas on our Pinterest board here

What to expect during the photoshoot

During your fitness photoshoot, your photographer should help you create the perfect shots for your body-type. They will guide you through poses that work for you, and help you find the most flattering angles using professional lighting set-ups that cast shadows in all of the right places on your figure. It helps to work with a photographer that has not just experience in capturing the beauty of the human body, but one that is no stranger to standing in front of the camera themselves, particularly in a fitness setting.

Collette Evans from Picture Perfect Photography is one such photographer. She has won women’s bodybuilding titles and maintains a very active social media presence where she shares plenty of images of her time in front of the camera. She has captured countless fitness professionals and athletes in all manner of fitness photoshoots, from the studio to the gym and various locations in between.

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Do you have a photography studio?

Yes. Our professional studio is in Barnsley, Yorkshire. With a variety of quality backdrops and staging equipment combined with expert lighting, we are all set to capture your brand’s story.

Can you travel to us?

Yes. We also love to work on location and come to your offices.

What areas do you cover?

We mostly work locally in Yorkshire, but we also cover the rest of the UK and internationally.

Can you arrange models for our photoshoot?

Yes. We are happy to source models.

Can you remove background on a photo?

Yes. We are experienced in ‘clipping’ images and removing backgrounds for a clean finish.

Can you provide video?

No. But, we work with a handful of excellent local videographers. We are happy to recommend any of them to you.

Can you provide graphic design?

No. But we work with some talented local graphic designers. We are happy to recommend any of them to you.

Can you source a makeup artist?

Yes. We are more than happy to recommend trusted makeup artists and also assist with the booking.


You choose the location for your fitness photo shoot, and Collette is happy to assist you with your choice.

Our Private Studio Gym

Many of our fitness clients prefer to come to Picture Perfect Photography’s small, private gym and studio in Yorkshire. This private area, reserved exclusively for fitness photography, contains all the gym and studio equipment required for a professional photo shoot. This location allows you to showcase your physique away from the spectators you may find in public gyms.
Professional backdrops are readily available too for a more commercial fitness studio look.

Public Gyms & Other Locations

If you prefer a larger space with a bit more variety, we have use of many local South Yorkshire gyms and locations. We can also travel to other locations including Manchester, Leeds, London & Surrey.

Our Creative Studio Suite

In our private studio space near Yorkshire Sculpture Park, we put the finishing touches to your photographs. We have professional backdrops for a more commercial fitness studio look and can also create composite images. Our retouchers will work on your fitness photographs to create images that are unique and personalised to you. For this, you can choose any backdrop you want. Enquire about your perfect fitness shoot location here.


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