PRIME: Why did you feel you wanted to pose for "Boomer Yoga'?
Sheila: I really wanted to do it because I felt it would be supportive to Beryl, and because it would be fun .I've never done anything like this before.
One of the things that was very exciting to me is that [Beryl] invited both [my husband and I] to pose. It was an unexpected gift, because he's a very important part of Heartsong Yoga and the work we do there. He's the silent, strong backbone.
PRIME: What was the photo shoot like?
Sheila: It was very professional, very well run.
We traveled to Portland [Maine] and stayed in a beautiful Bed & Breakfast. The location for the shoot was a loft that was both [the photographer's] home and studio.
The book's editor was there, and there were two photographers working together, and there was hair and makeup [artists], which was very fun.
The whole thing was very organized, The photographer knew exactly what he wanted to do; it was a very tight schedule. We had two days to shoot all the pictures.
Editor's Note: The publisher informed PRIME that the names of the two photographers were Holly Haywood and Bernie Meyers and that "there was a seamless interaction between the photographers and the editorial team.
PRIME: How many poses did you hold for the book?
Sheila: I don't know the final cut, but they probably took a dozen photos of each of us.
It took all the people in the studio to go through the details of each pose . we laughed a lot. They took so many shots, looked at so many details [of each photo] . the drape of the clothes, the look in our eyes, our posture, did we look happy .
They were gorgeous color photos, but they'll be published in black and white [in the book].
PRIME: How did it feel to be a model for a book that will have national exposure?
Sheila: We had lots of questions for ourselves: What should we wear? [we supplied our own outfits]; How will we look? How dare we present ourselves as models when we're just regular folk?