I love race photos. I instinctively pose whenever I see a race photographer on the course. Even if I’m dying during a race, I’ll still muster up a smile.
I love race photos so much that I have started to volunteer at races to take free race photos for others. So now I have experience both as a runner and a photographer, here are some tips for getting the best photos of yourself on the run.
- Run on either side of the course. The photographers are likely on either side of the course. If you are running in the middle, especially if it’s a crowded course, either you will not see them or they will not see you.
- Strike a pose and hold it. When you see a photographer, strike a pose and hold it until you pass them. This will give them more time to frame the shot and maybe even get multiple shots.
- Try not to blink. There’s nothing worse than getting the “money shot” but your eyes are closed.
- Try different poses. This makes it fun and some poses might turn out better than others. A few of our favourites include arms up, victory sign, heart, flying, jumping, etc…
- Dress up. Dressing in something that sets you apart from the crowd makes your more noticeable. My running buddy Lisa and I have raced a few races together with matching outfits and it helps the photographers notice us more. We haven’t yet dressed up in a costume yet — that will happen for the Disney Dopey races. ?
- Smile. Pictures always look better when you smile!
- Wear your bib properly. This one seems obvious but for some reason, some people like to wear their bibs on their back. If I don’t see a bib, I’m not taking a picture. Pin your bib to the front of your shirt.
- Thank the photographer. Ok, this tip doesn’t help you get better photos but it sure makes me feel more appreciated when someone says thanks! ?
That’s all folks! Have fun posing at your next race!