Behind the Scenes at an Altra Running Photo Shoot

Known for their Footshape toe-box and their zero drop cushioning,  Altra Running offers runners a unique and innovative product.  Their mission is to improve the running experience for all runners.   They want to “help every runner realize that with proper technique and a comfortable run, there are Zero Limits to what they can accomplish. ”  So when my friend asked me if I wanted to be a part (a very small part) of an Altra Running photo shoot for their spring catalog, I jumped at the chance.


Me, Sheila (gorgeous model), and Denise (make-up artist extraordinaire).

We (3 runners total) met at a local park, made friendly introductions, and filled out some paperwork.  I got a little nervous when I realized this job was serious enough for a W-9 form and I wished I’d had time for a hair appointment and I wished that I had applied more self tanner.  We piled in a van filled to the brim with Altra Running gear, it looked like we’d robbed a shoe department.  Denise worked on prettying me up as we drove to the location and we talked about being moms and runners. Both of these women were so warm and inviting it felt like we were instant friends.


The location was just off Highway 18, a few miles past the Chuckwalla Trail in St. George, Utah. The colors and formations of the rock are stunning, it is some of the most beautiful desert landscape I have ever seen.  Their team of professionals included a coordinator, director, photographer, and an assistant who all worked to create the specific look and feel of each photo.  Each picture was repeated many times, with small adjustments made to be able to capture the perfect look.


There was a wonderful vibe and energy on this team of professionals.  They were serious about their jobs, but there was a lighthearted element that dissolved the nervousness I was feeling.  I was amazed at the photographer’s willingness  to scramble up boulders, hang off the edge of an outcropping of rocks, and lay in on the cold ground to get the picture he wanted.


I was so excited when it was my turn to run.  I had a lot of insecurities that day, but running wasn’t one of them.  The hard part was not looking at the ground, especially because the terrain was so uneven.  My  job was to run fast, with a relaxed face, and keep my eyes looking straight out.  It took a few tries, and thankfully without any stumbles, I think they got it.


We finished the night with some speed work under a beautiful, pink evening sky.

There’s nothing like the words photo shoot for your brain to immediately do a quick tally of the myriad of reasons why that should be the last thing on your list.  Wrinkles? Check.  Cellulite? Check.  Varicose Veins?  Check.  Busy? Check.  But I love the advice of Tina Fey, she says “Say yes, and you’ll figure it out afterwards.”  I don’t want to live a life turning down opportunities because of my perceived short-comings.  I don’t want to say no to things just because they lie on the other side of my comfort zone.  Those scary things, those intimidating situations, those goals that seem too big…if we are willing to tackle those parts of ourselves that’s where we’ll discover who we really are.  And as for saying yes, here are five more things we should say yes to:

  1. Pajama days

2. When we need help

3. Catching up with friends

4. Being imperfect

5. Splurging occasionally

What else should we say yes to more often?

6 thoughts on “Behind the Scenes at an Altra Running Photo Shoot

  1. Jeannette says:

    I should say yes to more things that make me scared! It always ends up working in my favor. Where you live is absolutely beautiful! Your shoot is going to look amazing! Congrats on getting in on that!

    • Katie Guisinger says:

      I totally agree, the scary things are life changers. Southern Utah is really beautiful place to live. This was one of my favorite running experiences. Happy running Jeanette!

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