Documenting Your Pole Journey

Sophie

Photos and videos of ourselves…. Akin to marmite, it seems we either love them or hate them. You’ll always have the ‘Let’s get a photo!’ friend and the *Sneakily slides out of the shot* friend.

But what is the relevance to pole I hear you ask? Let’s discuss!

Am I doing it?!

Sometimes you feel like you’re doing the move and actually, you’re not. Conversely there are times when you’re expecting it to feel different, so you don’t think you’re doing it, but actually, you are! Sometimes mirrors are all we need to help us. But sometimes we are facing the opposite direction and by turning or looking up to see our reflection it will distort the shape of the very move we were trying to check on in the first place! Advance a bit further to dynamic combos and trying to watch the movement whilst carrying it out could be plain dangerous. This is where photos and videos are just what we need!

You want to see your progress. For that you at least need a before and an after photo! But lots to show the journey are even better.

But if the images and videos were purely to see what you were doing or to record your progress, why put them on Insta you might wonder?

You feel proud of yourself! In my previous blog ‘The Pole Bug’ I discussed the way pole gives people a sense of achievement outside of the world of work and makes them feel amazing. It makes sense that you want to share all of this with your friends and family.

You want to be part of the amazing pole community that exists online where everyone is sharing achievements, ideas, tips, inspiration and even the not so glamorous bits! There’s always a challenge to follow (e.g. #afloorshapeaday). And if you tag another poler in your post citing them as your inspo, chances are they will be chuffed and they might even reshare your post. Lovely!

Becoming a part of the online pole community 

So you’re toying with the idea of posting your pole stuff on your Instagram or Facebook, but you’re not sure what hashtags to use and how to engage with other polers.

Following some other polers in a good place to start! Luckily my students recently asked for a list, so I’ve put one together and added the Instagram handles to the table below for you:

Instagram Handles – Pole Inspo Accounts

I must stress that this is just a selection from my own follow list and is my no means exhaustive and I am constantly following new accounts! #unitedbypole 🙂

Still not convinced?

Sure, sharing your photos online is a step up and it’s not for everyone – maybe you don’t feel too confident in your short-shorts yet, perhaps you’ve got judgemental work colleagues (who need to get with the times, let’s be honest!) or particularly conservative parents. But if you’re feeling tempted there is a middle ground…

The compromise…

Why not set up a separate instagram account dedicated purely to your pole progress?! You can create your own poler name (mine is Pole_Preacher) set it to private should you choose, exclusively follow other polers and treat it like a pole diary. That way you can record your progress, interact with other polers and feel like you’re in a much safer, non judgmental space.

Snap-Happy

As you know, I am a pole documentation advocate and I will forever encourage you to take photos in class!

In an attempt to make photo/video taking easier, I have ordered some shelves that will be popping up around the room ready for the next block of courses. These are for you to prop your phones on to try and get that those good angles (no more balancing against water bottles!).

Also, while it’s written as a guide for those poling at home, it’s still helpful to check out the tips from Pole Sport Organization on good quality videoing here

And remember, you must always wait for a safe time to get your photos, ask permission before filming your instructor’s demos and ensure those around you are happy to be in the background before capturing the moment.

Happy snapping!

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