Friday, February 10, 2012
Careers in Multisport: Photography
by Kat Hunter
Every workplace has its hazards. Still, there are some challenges a multisport photographer faces that go above and beyond the typical call of duty. Finish line shots of overextended runners giving their all, including the contents of their stomach, are common enough that photographer Andrew Wolfe has had a number of close calls. If you don't want to sport a hazmat suit, fitness and quick reaction times are just a part of the job description.
PhotoWolfe.com, is a frequent contributing photographer to the ATC blog, covering everything from 5ks and half marathons to cycling events and triathlons. His wife, Megan Wolfe (Megan Blood before their marriage last October; and yes, Andrew says, her name could have been "Blood- Wolfe"), often picks up a camera to help out when she's finished competing in events. An avid runner and triathlete since 2009, she was Andrew's inspiration to start his own photography business.
Andrew signed up for his first triathlon, the Fort Hood Triathlon, in September 2011. Due to the lack of rain, however, the race became a duathlon. He admits it was a disappointment, since the swim would have been his strongest leg, but he still had a great time racing. A month later, he ran his second-ever 5k on the morning of his wedding. Andrew says he'll probably race this season, but he's also fond of his place behind the camera.
Repetition is key, he says. "Shooting races is all about finding a good shot you can repeat for every person. From the camera bodies to lens I use, they are all built for speed and accuracy. It can get hard preparing shots that are far enough from the start line so runners are spaced out enough but close enough to the finish line to make it back for the first finisher."
What's Andrew's favorite type of event to photograph? He says that question is easy. "I like capturing a runner's first race or PR. The satisfaction and accomplishment on their face when they cross the line is awesome."
All photos are by PhotoWolfe. Visit PhotoWolfe.com for contact info and more shots.
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