Golden Gate Park Running Photoshoot – from a top san francisco lifestyle fashion and sports fitness fashion photographer

My shoot with Leija from SCOUT was pretty spectacular. Little did she know she was going to be jumping, bounding and leaping all over Golden Gate park when she arrived for her fitting and hair and make up prior to our shoot.

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Our day was a grey, overcast San Francisco day, however, the images we created were full of lush and vibrant color as stylist Nicole Busch of Nicole Blair Wear pulled some of the most fabulous clothing to compliment our scenery. My hair and make up artist was the talented Tacha Scott Santana the owner of Dream Girl Make Up Institute.

For this shoot I wanted to create images of a runner, but not in the usual fashion. I didn’t want to just track a runner and fire away. I wanted to do something different. So for this shoot I had Leija jump over top of me while I layed on the ground. This resulted in fantastic images. Other times I had her bounding over logs so that you could see real exertion and true expression while running. One of my favourite photos is of Leija running next to a late with the tall trees in the background. I feel it reflects her long lean figure and stride.

I couldn’t do the shoots that I do without my fantastic team and am greatful for all the help and collaboration they provide on the shoots. Thanks so much ladies! You’re the best!

 

Check out the images below from the shoot.

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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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How to stay motivated to exercise – from a top san francisco lifestyle fashion and sports fitness fashion photographer

You’ve heard it all before I’m sure. You need to exercise every day to stay healthy. Well, what if it’s just too hard for you to do that on your own.

 

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The answer is easy. Exercise with a friend, or a group. For years I used to run on my own. Mile after lonely mile I would run the streets of San Francisco in preparation for my races either here or other cities. After a while I wondered if I could learn more and get better if I trained with a group. Five years ago I joined the San Francisco Marathon Training program and learned quickly that training with a group of other people is possibly the best way to stay fit and stay motivated to keep running. Having a goal of a race that you are all training for together really is a no brainer. I’d been a cross country runner in high school and after a year in the program I learned so much that the following years I’ve been a pacer for new trainees in the group. Here I help runners learn how to properly train for a marathon and to know what to do about injuries and maintain good health throughout the training process. I can honestly say that there has been no better way for me to keep running than to sign up for a race and run with my group. The camaraderie and support you get from a group is unmatched.

For this shoot I worked with the lovely Gina from Stars and Lito from Scout as models. My stylist was the amazing Jenn Bonnett. I could not be happier with the outfits she selected. A lot of thought needs to go into sports fitness clothing selection as there is not much room for error.

Check out the images from the shoot below.

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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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