One of the things I love about Orca Races are the free pictures! Thing one about pictures that I always wonder about is who actually buys them? I mostly just want to see them. Like to prove YES I DID!! Plus, we pay so much for the races that it just seems like it shouldn’t be that big of a thing to pony up a photographer for the morning, right? So Orca gets it right, in that regard. You can download the pictures and repost them to your heart’s content, so I did!
The kids and I all laughed to one another about how awkward the picture moments are. Are you supposed to look at them and smile? Too arrogant? But the unposed pictures look so gross! So then I remind them of how I always pose, always smile and the photographer often says, “Yeah, I got you. Keep going,” and then get incredibly unposed and unflattering pictures of myself. So now I run with that weird Julia Roberts, half-smile on my face so I look like I’m having a good time but not like I’m trying too hard. Race politics. I’m telling you. The photographer adds a legit level of awkward stress!
In the end, Jude and I each ended up with two finish line pictures while Gigi had about ten total taken of her. At first I was all confused about why and creating conspiracy therories about why until I remembered that she went around the loop twice, after all of the 5k peeps were finished, and gave more opportunity for photos to be taken. And man. She looks like she’s flying in that first pic! And Jude’s sweet little cheeks! Proud mama, here.