If you follow me on Instagram (which if you don’t go follow me now @jkayephotography) then you will see by my posts and IG stories that I have recently rediscovered my love for fitness and being active. For example, in todays story you will see I set a personal record for my average pace per mile during my run, eek! I might be just a little excited :-)
A little backstory though, so you can see why my recent move back into this is so exciting, and why I am so proud of myself. I was always active and playing sports growing up, and then as I got older slowed down a little bit. At the end of 2017, and then throughout 2018, fitness completely took a backseat. I was dealing with a pretty serious injury, life kept throwing curveballs at me, and I struggled to find the motivation to get back into the fitness world and lifestyle. At the end of 2018, things changed.
October 2018 was when my life completely flipped upside-down. Because of this I decided I need to just jump back into working out (you might be seeing a trend here now, I tend to just jump into things without thinking). I started running, boxing and lifting again. These activities became the only thing I could turn to and count on. Bad day, go box. Stressed out, go run. Overwhelmed, go box and run. In the end, it seemed that working out was the one thing I would look forward to each day and the thing that kept me going.
So now it’s January 2019, and this is the most consistent effort I have put into the gym in a long time. If I compare how I feel and who I was back in October to the person I am now, wow, it is crazy! I am physically and mentally stronger than I have ever been, and that is because working out has made me finally feel really good about myself and where I am in life right now.
But enough about all that and all the sappy stuff, I’m sure you’re sitting there thinking, “But Jennifer, what does this have to do with photography?” Great question. It has to do with photography because I am finally getting into fitness photography! It was something that I had wanted to do and was never quite sure how to get into that world, but I made it a goal for 2019 to step out of my comfort zone and just do it (no pun intended Nike). I have already partnered up with a few gyms in the area and a few trainers, and I could not be more excited to see what is going to happen in the next couple of months! This week alone I already have 3 events with 2 different gyms, AND I have a pop up event with a wonderful trainer as well :-) To say this week is going to be busy is an understatement, and I am already booking fitness portraits for the following week!
Here are a few of the fitness photographs that I took this week and I’ll be sure to post more in the future. Let me know what you think! And if you know anyone looking for a fitness event photographer or for portraits have them contact me.