Dallas Event Photographer and a 5K Run
Well, I finally had the opportunity to take part in my first 5K run. Well, I certainly was running around like a mad man, but it was in the capacity of a Dallas Event Photographer, and not as a competitor.
The event was the first annual Family Law Cares Pro Bono 5K Fun Run and Walk, and I was their Dallas event photographer for the day. In case you haven’t heard of Family Law Cares, they are an organization that works to provide pro bono legal services in family law cases. According to the Family Law Cares website, “The purpose of the race [was] to raise awareness among the legal community of the need for Texas lawyers to volunteer to handle family law cases on a pro bono basis for the indigent people of Texas.”
Now many of you have visuals that come to mind when you think of a 5K Fun Run. There are mental images containing plenty of sneakers, people decked out in everything from top of the line athletic clothing to those with crazy outfits on, a couple of strollers and even a pooch or two. This Dallas event photographer would agree with you, and this event certainly had all of those descriptions. However, this is definitely the first time I’ve heard of a swearing in ceremony at a fun run, and it was very cool to see. There was a judge presiding over the ceremony and she was decked out in her official wardrobe, even down to the brightly colored sneakers. Well, the sneakers probably aren’t part of the standard issue dress code, but I thought it was a fun sight for sure.
What a great experience for these two new attorneys, being sworn in while wearing their athletic clothes in front of a bunch of people ready to run. It made for a festive occasion, and certainly seemed the appropriate way to kick off an event for family law attorneys. After the ceremony was complete and the crowd cheered, it was time for everyone to get their run on.All of the competitors lined up and got prepared for the race. I found the perfect spot where I could get two different shots. The Dallas event photographerin me wanted to have a few options, so I had both a tight and wide shot in mind. The tight shot showed the reactions and focused expressions on the runners as they set their stopwatches and took off. The wide shot was taken with a slower shutter speed to let the runners blur a little and show a bit of motion. Plus Dallas Fair Park has so many iconic architectural elements, I really wanted to give a sense of place and show some of the buildings as well.
Given that it was a 5K, I knew the runners would move through the course pretty fast, so I hurried over to another spot on the route that was nearby to get a few more shots. I still wanted to focus on the iconic elements of Fair Park, and found a great spot where you could see the well-known Texas Star Ferris Wheel at Fair Park, with all of the runners going through in the foreground. After getting some nice overalls, and a few reactions of the contestants, it was back to the finish line to capture the overall winners and various people as they came through.
There were many awards handed out after the run was over, and of course this Dallas event photographer was on hand to capture it all. I really enjoyed getting to be a part of the entire event, and I hope you enjoy the images!