We’ve all been there.
You finish a race.
Draft your post-race blog post.
Wait for race photos to be ready.
Get an email from That Race Photo Company.
See the photos are going to cost you an arm and a leg.
You’ve written you post and we all know people want to read posts with pictures.
How exactly are you supposed to explain how much pain you were in without the photo of you looking like you’re crying on the course?!
And what about when you perfectly timed your finish line jump?!
What about that?!
Do you do what lots of people do (I’ve done it) and screen cap the picture knowing it’s wrong?
Do you cobble together the images on your phone and hope it tells a decent story?
Do you pay $20 to the digital rights to one flipping photo so you have one?
I’ve done all of the above.
Now, I get it. I know that photographers are generally underpaid. My ex and I ran a wedding photography company for a few years and explaining why wedding photos are expensive was something we did all the time. Equipment is expensive, time is more than just the 6-12 hours at the wedding, etc etc.
But, what about race photos?
I completely understand the race photographers should be compensated for the hours upon hours spent on the race course, but is $40 per image really that reasonable?!
I’m sure this is something every runner (not just those of us who blog) has struggled with. Some race photos are wonderful and I’d love to have a copy of them, but I can’t always justify $40 (American, that’s like $100 Cdn) for one picture.
However, I’d gladly pay $10-$20 more each race if that gave me access to all of my race photos from the race. I don’t know how many people buy from That Race Photo Company, but I’d be willing to guess they’d make about the same amount of money. (Note: this is based upon absolutely no factual information – I’m purely speculating as fact).Race photos are expensive. Some thoughts on how to make it better for people. #runchatClick To Tweet
What are your thoughts on race photos? Is there a way to make it better for everyone?
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