We all know it – the dreaded race face.
You get an email a few days after the race saying that your pictures are up and you pray and hope for that one great race picture that captures you looking strong, or fast, or happy, but instead you now have 26 terrifying pictures which you will never buy. Can you tell I am running hard, happy to meet my goal for this half marathon?
Nope, didn’t think so.
Instead I look like I am about to cry, or puke, maybe that is a vomit look.
Either way not the pictures I was hoping to see when I felt so good about that race.
Because of my experiences with the dreaded race face, when I did the Race the Landing series this summer I was not expecting much from the photos. There was only one photographer on the course, so he really only had time to take a single photographer of each person. If I had gotten twenty-something shots back from most races and they had all been horrid I knew there was no chance these would be good, and then…
Only one picture from each of the four races I did, and yet I love them all.
The race face is still there peeking through, but you don’t even notice it because the angles he used, and the scenery he picked to take the photographs by, manage to make even race pictures look amazing. Turns out the race picked a photographer, Brian Fancher, who is also also an athlete himself and I think you can really tell with the care he took in the pictures. I wish more races would do this – Instead of hiring tons of crummy photographers hire just a few really good professional photographers who have experience with sports photography and would take the time to think about where they could set up for the best shots. So many courses I have run have beautiful sights, yet it always seems like a my race pictures are not only full of race face, but are just me running along a boring road, where is that pretty scenery in the pictures?
Race pictures –
Are you a victim of race face too?
Ever break down and buy the race pictures? (Crazy expensive right?!?)