So, I'm kinda known for getting some great race photos. Frequently, I get comments on this blog or on my DailyMile page that my photos are The Best. I'm not going to lie, this makes me happy.
But getting great race photos are not difficult. In fact, you can prepare for them the same way you prepare for a race.
1) Visualize how you want your race photo to look. Do you want to be smiling? Thumbs up? Sprinting? Its all up to you:
|Bread & Honey 5, 2009 - second race ever.|
Clearly, I had this strategy down!
2) Notice your surroundings. Seriously. At larger races, there will be photographers on various parts of the course. If you pay attention, you can get some really nice photos taken using the strategy above (you may also get random strangers taking photos of you that you'll never find online because everyone seems to have fancy DLSR's now, but what'evs!):
|Oh hey! That looks like a photographer!|
|Yep, I'm awesome!|
Bread & Honey 15k, 2011
3) In addition to above, re-run races because you'll likely find photographers in the same locations, year after year:
|First Half Marathon: Mississauga, 2011|
9 months (to the day) postpartum from Fergus
|First Full Marathon: Mississauga, 2012|
Man-shorts look good, eh?
|Second Full Marathon: Mississauga 2013|
Super, amazing day!
Lady-shorts look better!
4) There will always be a photographer at the finish line. Be prepared.
|Midsummer Night's Run 30k, 2013|
I was the three hour pacer
I actually PRACTICED this on training runs
5) No matter what, try to be happy! You're doing something you love! You're racing!!!
|Around the Bay 30k, 2013|
|Robbie Burns 8k, 2013|
|Chilly Half Marathon, 2013|
It always helps when you know the race exceeded all expectations, of course
|Finish of the Mississauga Marathon, 2013|
|I didn't care about the sprint|
I was all about the capturing the AMAZING feeling I had
|My all time fave photo. This is pure joy.|
I am not hamming it up for the photographers.
I'm seriously so happy with the time I see.
So next time you're racing, try to remember these tips and you too will be making a beeline for the race photos, looking for those awesome moments captured forever. Who knows, you may even get on next years race brochure (I'm still waiting!).