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Seattle Sports Photography at Discovery Park + UW Campus | Anthony Targan

Anthony is a friend and former colleague of mine. He’s also a fabulous athlete and has qualified for and placed in races like the Boston marathon. When he’s in town from Michigan, we often run together, though my skill is by far no match for his. I was so happy and proud that when he needed some sports portraits and head shots for his book jacket, he came to me.

We staged our photo session in two parts. The plan was to photograph him at Discovery Park in one morning, but the weather didn’t cooperate and we nearly froze and blew over the bluff into the ocean. I had to pry my hands open after that session. We did get some great shots at Discovery Park, but still had more to do, so we met the next morning at the University of Washington main campus and had a second session photographing on the grounds. I can’t complain, because I always enjoy Anthony’s company, and I got two free breakfasts at the fabulous Portage Bay Cafe. Mmm~!

Seattle sports photographer Kat Speyer captures runner Anthony Targan in front of the Puget Sound with a ferry in the background

Michigan resident Anthony Targan running in Discovery Park while photographed by Persimmon ImagesSeattle sports photography of a runner captured in portrait mid-stride

Sports photographer Kat Speyer captures Anthony Targan sprinting in black and white in Discover Park, Seattle, Washington

Sports portrait of runner posing for the photographer with muscles flexed on the Seattle University of Washington campusRunning on the Unviersity of Washington Campus in Seattle, Washington, Anthony Targan is photographed while not touching the ground with either foot

Discovery Park running paths lead runners through the grass in Seattle, Washington

Jogging portrait of athlete running down the steps of the University of Washington libraryAthlete stretching on the steps of the University of Washington library

Runner Anthony Targan photographed in Discovery Park in Seattle, Washington

Sports photographer Kat Speyer captures Anthony Targan winding down after a run at the University of Washington in SeattleTraditional portrait of an athlete wearing a blue livestrong t-shirt on the Univeristy of Washington campus

I’m still new to sports photography, and it’s something I never imagined I would have an affinity for. But, as an athlete myself, I seem to be drawn to it and now that I’ve sampled a little, I’d like to do more! Particularly, I’m thinking it would be fun to do before-and-after portrait sessions with men and women who have partnered with a personal trainer. It would be promotion for their business as well as mine… and fabulous photos for our clients!

What do you think of that idea?

More for Shape Magazine | Seattle Space Needle Sports Portraits

Rose (my good friend and personal trainer) got a last-minute request from Shape Magazine on Friday for more photos with an iconic landmark. Of course, the deadline was Monday, so we had to set something up ASAP. This morning, Rose, Justin, and I headed out to Kerry Park at the Seattle Center to try for some images of Rose exercising in front of the Space Needle. Imagine our surprise when Easter Sunday dawned sunny after three miserable, rainy days and a forecast for more of the same. Now we’re back to doom and gloom, but these photos serve as a nice reminder that I can sometimes leave the house without getting wet.

Here’s one of my favorites from this morning… If I’d had more forewarning, time to plan, and a shoot budget, I would probably have rented a tilt-shift lens to compensate for the foreshortening, but I still love how this series came out.

Seattle is home to some serious athletes like Rose Wetzel, a trainer and Brooks-sponsored runner, seen here under the space needle as photographed for a Shape Magazine article on the 10 fittest US cities

[Camera settings: Canon 24-70mm L at 24 mm, shot at ISO 100, 1/400 of a second,  f8.0, EV -2/3,  with high-speed sync flash at +2 1/3 FEC. Flash hand-held by Justin ~4ft camera left, angled from above and diffused with Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible.]

Athletic Portraits in Seattle’s Gas Works Park | Rose Wetzel

Wednesday evening it was 65 degrees, sunny, and as calm as a summer’s day… the perfect time for photos! My friend Rose (who is also my personal trainer and a Brooks-sponsored runner) needed some headshots for Shape Magazine, where she’s being featured in an article about the fittest cities in the US. Seattle natives, be proud… our city is #4! I grew up in Michigan, which is notoriously one of the fattest states. Whenever Seattle accomplishes something like this, it makes me really glad I moved. We took a few personal pics too, which I’ll post later. Here are a few shots from our quick session…

Professional runner and personal trainer Rose Wetzel poses for headshots for Shape Magazine in SeattleProfessional runner and personal trainer Rose Wetzel poses for headshots for Shape Magazine in Seattle

Professional runner and personal trainer Rose Wetzel poses for headshots for Shape Magazine in SeattleProfessional runner and personal trainer Rose Wetzel poses for headshots for Shape Magazine in Seattle

Professional runner and personal trainer Rose Wetzel poses for headshots for Shape Magazine in SeattleProfessional runner and personal trainer Rose Wetzel poses for headshots for Shape Magazine in Seattle

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