Every time I get an email with the subject line “Your Race Day Photos are Now Available!” I want to throw my laptop out the window. They ask “would you like to purchase these photos?” Purchase? As in, you want me to pay you money for cyber-bullying me via your race photography website? I’ll pass. My relationship with race day photographers is an on-going battle, but they have taught me a lot in my experience. I consider myself an expert on how to take the perfect race day photo because I can outline everything that I do and encourage you to do the opposite.
Ugly-Runner Syndrome is a thing and I have it. I posted last week about my new Lululemon shorts and how I like to look good while I run, but at the same time that’s kind of BS. Let’s be honest… it’s not happening. Allow me to use my esteemed portfolio of awful race day pictures to demonstrate all that I do wrong.
- Fawkward body mechanics
- Fawkward body mechanics + anguish/despair
- The chafing is real
- Classic Mid-blink
- Double chin action
- Getting a little droopy
- Soft smiles
- Eye contact
- Premature aging
- Soft smiles + eye contact + premature aging
Race day photos- love them or hate them?
Any tips on how to take good ones?
Do you buy your race pictures?