Smile for the camera!

March 30, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

As a fellow runner, I know that after I’ve crossed that finish line and headed home, I’m excited to see the shots of my big day – especially if I ran with friends or family – rightly so, I’m proud of our athletic acheivements that day, and want to share that.

Of course, that quickly sours when I see that the shots are of me, sucking air, hair slicked down my face with sweat – and me looking a little less than my best! It’s disappointing, and bums me out. True story, I buzzed all the hair off my head after seeing one of these photos.


See? Thats some BAD hair!

So now I’ve been on both sides of the lens. I know it takes two to tango! Your race photographer can’t help you sweat less, but if you want to increase the chances of awesome race photos – here’s a few tips:

Wear something bright – costumes may or may not be appropriate, but avoid being one of the masses in black on black on black fitness gear. This makes it a million times easier to find your photos later too! If you run with a team, wear matching shirts so the photographer knows to photograph you all together if it’s possible.

Smile for the camera! If you see a big white telephoto lens pointing in your direction, look at it, give it a smile and a thumbs up, and say hi! Your photographer will be taking thousands of photos, make yours the one that he comes back to in post processing.

Huff and Cuff 5k - 2011

Run! If we catch you at a spot in the race when you are struggling for breath and walking for a period, just take a stride or two as you pass the camera – your memories of the race will be of you running like the wind – this will make sure your pictures capture that acheivement!

Have fun!!

It simply boils down to – smile for the camera, have fun, give us a wave – enjoy your day and your achievement!

Huff and Cuff 5k - 2011
(well, someone is having fun)


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