1/2 marathon training, week 1 (sorta)

This year, I’m determined to be smart about my training. Last year I ran the Seattle Marathon, training 3-4 weeks less than I should have, then ran the first half of the race 2-3 minutes/mile faster than I had trained for it. Oh, but the excitement! I wanted to beat everyone, right?

The first six months of this year have shown me paying for that lack of judgment with illiotibial band syndrome (ITBS). For a while I tried to fix myself, and when that didn’t work, I finally sought the help of a physical therapist. He put me on the right track, and since June I’ve been able to run fairly pain free. Little aches pop up that make me a bit paranoid, but things have mostly been all right.

This week was my first official week of training. What have I learned? Tempo runs kick my ass, and my normal runs are at too fast of a pace. The silver lining is that on Saturday I ran 7.25 miles, the longest I’ve run pain free since I injured myself last November. Gimme a big hoot and a holler!

Learning experience

There are maybe 2-3 gems in over 100 pictures taken of my model, Elizabeth. Depends on your standards, I suppose. There are 30 or so really good portrait shots that she’ll be happy with and maybe use in her portfolio. For what I would call art? 2-3 pictures.

A few things became apparent to me over the last few days of reviewing the pictures. 1) I shot at too high an aperture. It wasn’t a gross error at f8, and the background is beautiful, but in a few shots it becomes too much of a distraction. 2) Shooting next to water, I need to compensate for the glare in the future. One shot, which would have been completely beautiful, is ruined by the bright glare directing your view away from the model.

From my first photo shoot


I’ve been editing photos from my first shoot for the last week or so. Everything seems to be coming out all right, though constant staring at the pictures is making me go cross-eyed. Plus, the longer I stare at my own work, the more I doubt my skill as a photographer. Framing and composition, and my reasons for each decision seem flimsy and based on chance. Honestly a lot of split-second decisions really are chance, and if things work out, wonderful. It’s easy to forget that even trained, experienced photographers claim to only find 1 or 2 gems in each roll of film they shoot. In the age of digital photography, it’s easy to feel as though every shot needs to be gold.

In two weeks I have another shoot, this time nude. It’s my first nude shoot, and I am absolutely petrified that I won’t find a way to make my model look good.

A new beginning?

This blog is an attempt to follow my meandering mind at work while going to school, studying photography, attempting to work as a photographer in Seattle, Washington, and being a wife.

Oh, and I knit, crochet, and run marathons, too.