Sports Fitness Fashion Shoot – from a top san francisco lifestyle fashion and sports fitness fashion photographer

This is it! It feels like flying. The first step you take really is so invigorating I just had to create and entire shoot around the feeling of running.

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This shoot took place just off of Fulton Street in San Francisco inside the trails of Golden Gate Park close to one of my favourite cafés Velo Rouge. Believe it or not there are loads of trails all along the perimeter and throughout the park to glide through and forget that you’re in a city. I really wanted this shoot to feel like you were in a forest following a runner on her daily run.

Kristel my model is a well experienced runner. She frequently runs up and down the hills of Oakland and Marin. She runs several marathons a year and even ran the highly regarded Boston Marathon. If you don’t know that marathon is no easy thing to get into. You need to run a previous marathon in a fast enough time to qualify as well as beat out other people in your age category to be able to get in.

I also wanted to incorporate stretching into this piece as it is such an important part of running. In fact I believe it is just as important as the run, otherwise without it you can sustain some pretty nasty and nagging injuries. It’s not worth it, just stretch. I loved the colors that Kristel wore as she stood out from her surroundings as she flew through the trails.

The running community of San Francisco is so close to my heart I just love doing running shoots. Thank you Kristel for being a part of this shoot it was such a great experience!

Check out the rest of the photos from the shoot below.

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If would like to book a sports fitness photo shoot with me, contact me at lizcaruana@gmail.com or go to my website http://www.lizcaruana.com to see more of my work.

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How to enjoy a relaxing weekend – from a top san francisco lifestyle fashion and sports fitness fashion photographer

If you ever what I dream about at night, I’ll tell you. It’s running up and down the mountains of the Marin Headlands. This is what I consider relaxing on the weekend. Running or hiking the hills of Marin.

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As a marathon runner myself, training on the streets can be pretty exhausting, but when you give yourself that break to get out on the trails, it’s like you’ve refreshed your entire running perspective. I’m a huge advocate for running, fitness, and sports. In fact each year I run at least one marathon and one half marathon. More if I can fit it into my schedule for training. I love running so much that my husband and I even went on a mini break to run from our home in San Francisco to the Pelican Inn in the Marin Headlands. It was only a 14 mile run, but up and down the trails made it to be quite the adventure. I didn’t bring my camera on that run, but I did photograph the lovely Therese from Stars Model Management to show you just how beautiful this part of Northern California is. My stylist for this shoot was Ana Dalman of Melange Mode and Olga was my hair and make up artist was. Ana did a spectacular job picking out Therese’s clothing to stand out perfectly from the background and compliment the motion she was performing. Olga was on the ready fix any fly always and touch up any shine as both are so common on a sports fitness shoot.

Check out the rest of the photos below.

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If would like to book a sports fitness photo shoot with me, contact me at lizcaruana@gmail.com or go to my website http://www.lizcaruana.com to see more of my work.

Three ways to de-stress from your work week – from a top san francisco lifestyle fashion and sports fitness fashion photographer

You’re exhausted, you work far more than the 40 hour week, you feel like you can’t take it anymore. Believe it or not, exercise is really going to help you out. Here in San Francisco we a lucky to have so many wonderful places to get outside and shake out that stress. I had the opportunity to photograph Michelle Lew Libay a coach for the San Francisco Marathon training program Run 365 on a cozy socked in with fog morning down at Ocean Beach. We met at 6am at my apartment, looked over her clothing that we had talked about before the shoot, then head down to the beach. When we arrived, I was so excited to see how cloudy and grey it was. Perfect for running and perfect for photography. We grabbed our clothing and I grabbed my cameras and we head down to the water. I showed Michelle my inspiration images of how I saw the shoot and I was snapping away. Michelle was in such a positive mood, no wonder she is a coach for the marathon. I bet her trainees just love her and her encouragement. Stride after stride Michelle knocked every shot out of the park (or ocean, in this case).

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So here are my tips to de-stress from your work week.

1. Exercise. Go for a run, a swim, a bike ride. Do something to get your mind off of work. Even if it is just 30 minutes. It will help lift your spirits, and refresh your mind.

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2. Meditate. The age old practise of clearing your mind is so valuable, especially if you know you won’t be able to get away on a mini break. Give yourself 10 minutes a day in silence to breathe, and practise.

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3. Friends. Call a friend, go for a walk, or get a meal together. Talking to someone who is not in your industry really help shed some outside light on things and can help you through the tough times.

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If you like this post please consider following my blog as well as my google+ page.

If would like to book a fitness photo shoot with me, contact me at lizcaruana@gmail.com or go to my website http://www.lizcaruana.com to see more of my work.

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How to choose photos for a photo contest – from a top san francisco lifestyle fashion and sports fitness fashion photographer

This time of year is especially hard for me as it’s time for the APA Something Personal 2014 Photo Contest.

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What’s so difficult you may ask. The choosing! I’m always stumped as to what to submit. As a long time APA member you’d think it would be easy to figure out what your favourite or best work of the year is to share with your peers in a photo contest that will be judged by your peers, and then exhibited at the holiday party in front of your pees. No pressure or anything. Sheesh! So what do I do when I’m faced with this plague of indecision? Procrastinate! Just kidding. But really, what I actually did was I decided to choose my favourite shoot and put it up on my facebook page ask for help from my peers. Yep, it sounds a little bit like cheating, but it’s not. Why not ask for help when you need it. It’s especially important to a lifestyle fashion photographer like myself when you create literally hundreds of photos, making the final selects is exhausting and riddled with tough choices.

This shoot was with Achok from Scout Models. W25 magazine picked up the photo story and published it in their online and print magazine. I had an amazing team. My wardrobe stylist was Nikki Grattan from In the Make and my Hair and Make up Artist was Tacha Scott Santana of Dream Girl Make Up Institute. I mean, yeah, this stellar team makes the whole deciding tough!

So, with that said, I will share the photo shoot that I feel is my top lifestyle fashion photography shoot of the year. Who knows, I may post another shoot tomorrow if I get cold feet. But for now, here’s what I love the most. Let me know in the comments section what your favourite photos are!!!

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How to nail a Mountain Biking Shoot – tips from a top san francisco lifestyle fashion sports and fitness fashion photographer

How DO you nail your sports mountain biking shoot? Simple. Get the fearless Richard Soriano to bike down the hills of Pacifica. I can’t tell you how lucky I was to meet Richard. He is a superb mountain biker, but also a really nice guy too. Throughout the shoot we had to walk up 2 miles of steep inclining hills. Hills so steep that if you fell you were in for a few cuts, bruises and bumps. And also likely to keep skidding downwards till you hit a flat plateau.

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So the shoot was not as easy as add Richard Soriano and presto you have an amazing shoot. Finding time with this man is tough. He keeps himself busy at his sports medicine clinic Action Sports Medicine. Here he helps you recover from your injuries and get you back out there. Once we were able to find a date that fit his schedule we planned out his outfits. I did a location scout the week before to make sure the terrain visually stimulating. Yes, yes indeed it was. Richard made the suggestion and he really nailed it. It was fantastic. Then, I asked him to send me images of his clothing as I always like to see what people are wearing so that I can match it with their background. Or more so, I like to have people pop out from their background, so I had him wear the opposite color on the color wheel when possible. I had example posing images with me on my phone and lined them up with the location shots I had taken the week before. Richard brought his expertise to the shoot and we really developed the ideas I had into something was superb!!

I really am so happy with these photos and lucky that he is represented by FoxRacing, as his clothing is emblazoned with their cool logo. Thank you so much Richard for the great shoot. Enjoy the photos from our shoot together.

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If you would like to book a lifestyle fashion sports and fitness shoot with Liz email her at lizcaruana@gmail.com to book today.