A Day in the Life: Stephanie – Houston Photojournalism Photographer

Each artist has a skill that they know they want to continue to work on and this year I decided to attend an intense 5-day workshop called the Foundation Workshop to work on my photojournalistic skills. After a tough week I was determined to continue working on these skills and I asked some people I know if I could follow them for two days in order to challenge myself. Stephanie said “yes” immediately and then may have started second guessing her answer once she found that I would have my camera in her face for two full days. 😉 One of the things I learned from the workshop is that it’s a huge challenge for me as the photographer to constantly be watching someone throughout an entire day and thinking of composition and lighting and such. It’s mentally tiring! But I was more excited to hang out with Steph and really see what she does during her day.
Stephanie is a trainer and she leads my bootcamp group (a shameless plug: if you want to join us for a tough workout on Saturday mornings, Stephanie is the one to talk to!) and I met up with her at the coffee shop near the gym. She spent some time planning out a few workouts for her clients and giggling nervously each time she heard the camera click. Soon enough we walked into the gym to meet her first client. I was fascinated by the range of clients that she works with both inside and outside a gym. We even went to a client’s house and I watched them do a workout on the small jumping trampolines that is specialized for the client’s joints issues.
In addition to having a great opportunity to photograph an interesting story, I got to spend time with a friend while she drove around and worked with several clients. And I got to see how she connects so personally with them beyond just knowing what kind of exercises they need to do. It was a really great day.


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Planning out workouts
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Counting reps
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Counting reps
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Showing a client how to do the exercise
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Talking while working out
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Taking measurements
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The fun part about working out at home
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She really wants to be part of the fun.
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Keeping time while doing crunches
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Getting ready for her own peronal workout, running at the park
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Keeping an eye on her clients as they do a partner exercise involving bands

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Training some of her senior clients
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Working out can be tough!
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Preparing at home for her exercise classes and learning a new routine

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