I spend a lot of time honing my action photography skills at my local CrossFit gym, CrossFit Upgrade, where I get my sweat on several days a week. It presents the unique photography challenge of having to shoot high speed movements in very low light conditions (CrossFit gyms tend to be in warehouse type facilities which are notoriously dark) while trying to “freeze” the action and prevent motion blur. It is great practice and has really helped me master my camera’s manual settings to get exactly the look I want in my action photos.
CrossFit has becoming increasingly popular over the past couple years, and I think especially so amongst women. I attribute a lot of this popularity to the emphasis on weightlifting which, even for us ladies who grew up as avid athletes, have never really spent any amount of time on. While there is an emphasis on working out in the weight room for male athletes, I just never found there to be that same emphasis for female athletes like myself (although my “athletic career” ended after high school, so perhaps this changes if you continue on to be a college athlete). There is something so powerful about learning how to “throw around” weight and figure out you can really move significant amounts of weight with proper technique and training. It is an awesome feeling and a huge part of what keeps me coming back for more!
A fellow gym member, and new found friend of mine, Lili Speed (side note, Lili is just her nickname, her actual first name is Kekaikamahineolilinoe; no joke, she is quite Hawaiian. And Speed really is her last name. How appropriate for an athlete right?), knowing I usually bring my camera to the gym to photograph my fellow gym members being working out and being general bad asses, asked if I would do a photo shoot with her for a contest Roxy was holding. They recently released a line of outdoor activewear and were running a contest on Instagram where they asked you to post photos of you being “active” in their gear. Roxy generally targets a more surfing, beach-going, yoga-doing type demographic so she wanted to do something unique and show off the apparel while doing some traditional CrossFit movements.
We didn’t win the contest with our images but that doesn’t mean the shoot wasn’t a blast and a super success if you ask me. Check Lili out moving some weight around and making Roxy Activewear look good while she was at it:
Happy New Year from Canada!
The hubby and I and are go-to snow travel buddy Galen spent several awesome days snowboarding and apres-skiing it up in Whistler where we rang in the New Year in snow-covered style.
Whistler is widely considered to be the premier ski resort in the world. From the amazing snow (even though we weren’t blessed with any fresh snow while we were there) to the lively, expansive, and convenient village packed with all the food, drink, shopping, and lodging your heart desires, along with the incredible scenery, it is easy to see why.
Enjoy some of my favorite action and adventure shots from the trip:
…and last but not least…a little self-portrait from my private gondola dance party. Did you know a phone playing music out of the small internal speaker can be easily amplified by putting it face down in a helmet. Genius!