Ashtanga Dispatch’s yoga photographer, Meghan Powell, received a B.A. in Photography from Montana State University. Her creative perspective consistently offers clients an array of possibilities, transforming portraits, situations, and moments into richly memorable imagery. In demand as a portrait photographer and recognized (by her parents) as a top tier emerging art talent, Meghan’s first love is medium and large format film. Her commercial work has appeared in Yoga Journal, Active Life DC, Alternative Photography, and of course, Ashtanga Dispatch.
Meghan is also a devoted Ashtanga yoga practitioner and (besides her mom) studies with Sharath Jois at KPJAYI. This year, Meghan is excited to begin a three-year training with KPJAYI certified teacher, Dena Kingsberg. Though asked whether there is some overlap between her love of photography and her yoga practice, Meghan says,
“With my art, it’s never going to be good enough – ever. I’ll always have the desire and the drive to make every image, every project better. Yoga isn’t like that for me. Whereas my art is fueled by my ‘crazy,’ yoga is the balance and what keeps me sane. I’m in no rush. I’m just on my mat to be there with whatever is.”
Still, Meghan’s favorite subject to photograph continues to be herself. She explains:
“What others may refer to as selfies, I call a self-portrait. I think photographing one’s self can tell a lot about a person, intentionally or not. It can also be really empowering.”
Below is an excerpt of a photographic essay by Meghan, from the third edition of the Ashtanga Dispatch Magazine.