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