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How to Get the Most Out of Your Aerial Photoshoot

Updated: Apr 21, 2023

We have a photoshoot coming up May 18th, 2019 at a venue in Whitefish known as “The Glass Tower.” The opportunity has generated a lot of interest and excitement…and a lot of questions about what to expect.

We are teaming up with Khorus Eye Imagery on this shoot, so already you are in excellent hands. But our photographer Emily and I put our heads together to come up with these pointers for you:

  • Poses. Before the shoot, come up with a list of which poses you would like to do. This is not the time to whip out poses that you have never had a lot of success with before. In fact, ideally, you should pick poses that you can easily perform…and hold…for, like, a while. If you have your splits or a great backbend, use them. If possible, practice your poses in the studio ahead of time. Put a camera on your practice even so you can really see and understand your body positioning. If you need help selecting poses, please let me know beforehand so I can have time to help you think up some options.

  • Ballerina Fingers. The concept of “ballerina fingers” is that you should be able to see each finger individually. So any time you are reaching (such as in an arabesque), stack the fingers (with a soft bend) accordingly. Need help understanding? Just ask us – we are here for you.

  • Costume Selection. Try to stay away from wild prints or patterns; and make sure “the girls” are well secured, especially if you plan to go upside down.

  • What to Bring. On the night of the shoot, come early enough before your scheduled shoot time so that you can do a proper warmup. Consider bringing water, a yoga mat, wet wipes for your feet, any grip aid you might use, and extra hair pins / makeup.

  • Props. Props are encouraged! Needs some ideas? How about : chiffon scarfs, flowers, books, umbrellas, apples, mirrors, glasses, heels. The options are endless!

  • Questions? Ask us. We are happy to help!

Mostly, we just want everyone to know not to worry about a thing. This is a fun way to put more beautiful art out into the world…and it will be soooo much fun!  XOXO, Mindy Cochran

Article by Mindy Cochran. Mindy is the founder of Kalispell's Levitation Nation Aerial Studio, where the catch phrase "fitness is fun" is embodied alongside a culture of movement & women empowerment. Mindy is also a columnist for "Montana Woman Magazine." Her column "The Real Levitation Experience" shares expertise for elevating health and wellness that she has acquired through her certifications as a personal trainer, nutrition coach, and life coach. For more about Mindy, please visit:

Author Mindy Cochran & her "Ballerina Fingers"


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