How to Find a Photographer to Photograph a Boston Marathon Runner

by Bernie

Boston Marathon Runners near Heartbreak Hill

Boston Marathon Runners near Heartbreak Hill

How can we book a photographer to take a picture of one of the runners? Thanks! ~ Bernie

Hi Bernie - Great question! I'm assuming you've thought of the obvious things (i.e., search on line for "Boston photographers" or maybe "Boston sports photographers", place an ad on Craig's List or even fiverr.com) so I'm going to suggest a few options slightly off the regular path.

Boston has a LOT of art and photography schools, some stand-alone, some as parts of larger institutions. Some attract professionals who just want to polish a few skills or learn something new, while others have regular college students. Having seen the work from time to time of some of these students, I can tell you that they're as good or better than many professionals. Many students are always looking for ways to make a little money and some may be out photographing the Marathon anyway, so this could be a good fit!

I'm going to give you names and urls for a few schools that I know have well-regarded photography programs. My suggestion is to call them rather than e-mail, explain what you want, and then ask to be connected to someone who teaches a course in, say, sports photography, visual journalism, or whatever makes sense (look at the programs and course offerings on the sites, and you'll get some ideas). Once you reach the professor, explain again what you want and ask if they could let their students know about this opportunity, and if anyone is interested, how to contact you. Alternately, they may give you information about a campus website or whatever to post your need on.

Here are some art and photography schools and programs to contact:

New England School of Photography

Boston University Center for Digital Arts (ask for the Professional Photography Program)

Art Institute of Boston (Part of Lesley College - ask for the Photography Department) - 617-585-6600

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (“MassArt”) - 617-879-7000

Montserrat College of Art

Also, in case it's helpful for planning purposes, here's Boston Discovery Guide's mile by mile description of the Boston Marathon Route

Hope this helps you get some great photos!

Susan

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