7 Tips for Better Race Photos
Elusive perfect race photos are within reach
We all have them, those photos that we wish we were not tagged in. With a little planning and self-awareness, you can improve your race-photo game at the Ascension Seton Austin Marathon presented by Under Armour. Then you’ll have Instagram worthy photos to share with your friends and family. Don’t forget to tag the Austin Marathon Instagram!
1. Improve your form
Stand tall! We tend to let our shoulders lean in, so when you see that yellow vest, pull the shoulders back and align the spine. This is also probably just feel good on your body if you have gotten into a slump.
2. Increase your stride
Make your legs look long and fast by slightly over-exaggerating your stride. You don’t want to do this for all 13.1 miles, but it won’t hurt for a photo or three.
3. Make your path
Be aware of the upcoming photographers and move so that other runners are not in your way. No point in putting in the work to look good if you are covered up by someone else.
3. Relax your face
We know, easier said than done, but start practicing now on your training runs. Make your cheeks soft and say the word “Money.” Seriously go to a mirror and try it.
4. Think positive thoughts
Have a photo mantra like ” I love running” or “I am awesome and am going to finish this race.” This positive energy will show through in the photo. You can even say something out loud to the photographer to get their attention, a whoohooooo never hurt!
5. Wear your bib on the front
Make sure your bib placement is clean looking and on the front. The automated photosystems use this to tag your photos. You don’t want to sift through thousands of photos to try and find yourself.
6. Don’t pause your watch… just yet
I know it is tempting to hit the pause button right when you cross the finish line, but give it a few steps. Otherwise, the photo will be of you looking at your watch and not enjoying the finish experience.
7. Bust out the major emotion!
Smiles, cheers, jumps, yells, tears… you’ll get a second look from the photographers. Avoid waving quickly or flapping your arms up and down, they can make you look like your falling in the photo. If you are going to make movements, make them meaningful and keep the pose for more than a few seconds.