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#BostonMarathon Runner Story: Lauren Delaney for Massachusetts Fallen Heroes

I only photographed one Boston Marathon runner this year so I thought it was fitting to post her story today, Marathon Monday! Meet Lauren, who I met up with at Forge Pond Park in Hanover, MA. Lauren is running with the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes team and has already raised over $25,000 this year. Amazing!
Name: Lauren Delaney
Location: Hanover, MA
Occupation: Campaign Management Manager 
Number of Marathons Run (including 2016): 5
Boston Marathons Run (including 2016): 4
Why I Run: In general I run to stay in shape and to run for a purpose. I run for charities because it combines my passion for giving back and philanthropy with health and fitness. This year I am running to raise money for Massachusetts Fallen Heroes in memory of my "cousin-in-law," LCpl William J. Donovan, Jr. U.S.M.C. Will was a two time Purple Heart recipient who served in Afghanistan in 2011. He died in a tragic motorcycle accident in September.  I wanted to carry on his legacy by running in his memory and raising money for an organization that meant so much to him and now our family. Through this, I am also hoping to raise more awareness about MFH and the amazing work they do!


Nice job Lauren and good luck today!!!
To read more Boston Marathon runners' stories, visit my website: www.luciewickerphotography.com/bostonmarathon

#FitMom Talks: Kerri Thomas of Orangetheory Fitness

It's the beginning of the month and I have another awesome FitMom to share with you (to see more from this series, click here)! And now - meet Kerri!
Tell us a little about yourself and your business: 
My name is Kerri Thomas and I am the Regional Fitness Director and Trainer for Orangetheory Fitness. My husband and I are working on starting a stroller run club in the greater Boston area starting this May! More information to follow. Nevin is our son and he will be 7 months on April 20.
photo courtesy of Kerri Thomas
How long of a maternity leave were you able to take before you started to work (and workout!) again? 
I took 12 weeks off for my leave, starting 1 week before I delivered. I stopped training classes 2 weeks before my due date and worked out up to the day before I delivered.

I had a quick and relatively easy delivery so I started going for 2+ mile walks the day after we came home from the hospital, and then started with shorter body weight circuits at home around 4 weeks postpartum. At 6 weeks I tried to do a box jump (not smart) and nearly face planted as my hips were still separated and the pain I felt was a big eye opener that slowly getting back into things was needed even for me.

Also, I was a pretty avid runner before, and that was the only thing that was too uncomfortable for me to do while I was pregnant. I had awful ligament pains in my lower abdominal area, so it's been TOUGH running again after almost a year!

How did that schedule/routine look different from before baby?Well... My schedule was jam packed with working out before Nevin! Work and working out were basically my top two priorities as I was about to start training for a marathon the week I found out I was pregnant. 
Did your fitness outlook and goals change after becoming a mom? If so, how?
Absolutely! Your whole life and priorities shift or change after you have a baby, or at least mine did. I'm a HUGE goals person, and the goals I had before Nevin were more personal when it came to my health and fitness. Now, my fitness and health goals take on a whole new meaning as I want to be a role model for my son, not just a "fit mom". A very important goal of mine working in fitness is to inspire every person I meet to be the strongest and healthiest version of themselves, my son will be one of those people!

What is the biggest challenge you've found in working and being a mom?When you love what you do, your "work/life balance" doesn't seem to be an issue, right? This was me! I was always working and didn't really think about it twice. Now, time management is something I am working on a lot. When I'm at work I'm working more efficiently and I'm minimizing the amount of work I do on my days off, other than when Nevin is sleeping. So, most of my emails go out after 9PM :) I still work full-time, with some days being at 2+ locations or some weeks working some part of every day, but I feel as though I am home much more and when I am home it's quality time.

The real challenge I found when going back to work is not so much my work/mom balance, but the work/working out or going out/mom balance. When I was on maternity leave, I didn't feel guilty and craved getting out to get a workout done or go out with friends. Now working, I have a hard time being away from Nevin for personal time as I'm already away for work. It's something I'm sure all working parents face, and have started to put a schedule together that has helped me figure this out and not miss his face too much!

What is your favorite fitness-related activity to do with your son (either one-on-one or as a family)?In the fall, Mike and I used to go for longer walks with Nevin and then stop at the HS track or a big hill to do a workout with Nevin typically sleeping. The winter has been tough to incorporate Nevin into our workout routines but we've taught him some great pushup and sit-up to stand exercises! But what's been really great as the weather is getting warmer and Nevin has now developed strong enough head and body control, is we are starting to jog with him in the stroller (if you are a runner you need a BOB stroller). We are excited to get some hikes done as a family this spring!

To follow Kerri on her adventures in fitness and motherhood, check her out on instagram at @kjfitchick. Thanks for chatting with me, Kerri! 

#FitMomTalks: Gina Fay of DanceFIT Studio

I'm so excited to share a new feature on the blog with you! When I found out I was expecting my first baby this spring, I immediately turned to my mom friends for any and all wisdom they had to share. I realized I'm lucky to know so many moms in the fitness community who are kicking ass at their jobs, some even owning their own businesses, and figuring out how to be super moms as well.

I thought it would be fun (and hopefully inspiring!) to share their stories and any advice they have on the blog in a regular feature called "FitMoms." Our first FitMom is Gina Fay, business owner and mom of three, who I've known and admired for years. Here's what she had to share:
Tell us a little about yourself and your business: 
Hi! Lucie, thank you for asking me to be a part of this special blog series! I am Gina, the owner/founder of danceFIT Studio with locations in Brookline, Natick and a virtual fitness studio which I started 6 years ago.

A little bit about danceFIT, without turning this blog into a marketing piece, but my business is first and foremost a very special dance studio for children. We present classical ballet & technique in a friendly welcoming environment. Second, my Natick studio offers a variety of adult barre and fitness classes like pound, zumba, balletFIT, bootcamp, pilates with props, deep stretch and our very popular class hot barre (which you got to experience!) 6 years ago, I launched a virtual fitness studio from my living room. I taught from home and my clients stayed home. It seemed so strange at first, but the community grew and grew and grew, and now we offer 20+ group virtual fitness classes per week, and we have had clients from 5 countries and 23 states. I am also co-founder of bvirtualstudio in which I train other boutique barre, yoga and pilates studios how to “bvirtual.”

My hubby and I live in Wayland MA, a suburb west of Boston. We have three amazing children, Joey (6), Tommy (5) and Maggie (6 months). The boys love baseball, football, walkie talkies, ninjas, legos and playing outside. Maggie loves crinkly paper, peas, cuddling with daddy, stuffed animals and watching her crazy brothers.
photo courtesy of Gina Fay
How long of a maternity leave were you able to take before you started to work (and workout!) again?
I taught up until I went into labor, 3 days after my due date [with Maggie]. I kept a pretty full teaching schedule, but the last month teaching balletFIT cardio was just impossible. The amount of pas de chats, chasses and stamina needed for the class just wasn’t working with the big belly ;) I loved teaching pregnant, though....I even scheduled a virtual class on my due date called "labor inducing danceFIT," haha. I still couldn’t dance her out! I put myself back on the schedule 3 weeks after Maggie arrived. I think it was similar after the boys were born too. I started working out and dancing when my body felt ready; I couldn’t wait for the first workout, which was very humbling, ha. I started by teaching virtual classes and then finally was back in the studio at 6 weeks.
How did that schedule/routine look different from before baby?
I am actually trying to think back more than 6 years ago to my workout routines before kids- that feels forever ago! I taught 5+ classes a day, 7 days a week. Chris (my hubby) and I would spend our “free” time being active...walking around the city, running, and riding our bikes. Now our “free” time is collapsed on the couch, drinking coffee, meal prepping, grocery shopping, fun trips with the kids, sporting events and family walks. Thank goodness for our virtual studio which allows me to make dinner, nurse Maggie, tuck everyone in, teach class from my living room and then relax on the couch after.

Did your fitness outlook and goals change after becoming a mom? If so, how?
Before kids, I would workout and dance to lose weight, flatten my tummy, get ready for summer, etc. Now I workout to de-stress, sweat and stretch. Growing a baby, having a baby and caring for a baby definitely changed the shape of my body. I can try tirelessly to get it back, or I can embrace the new shape & stretch marks and get as fit and strong as I can with the minimal time I have left for me at the end of the day. I treat my workouts as a “break” and really enjoy them. I love the feeling of being drenched in sweat from ballet jumps and sequences, my legs shaking like jello from an intense balletFIT class and my abs sore from pilates!
What is the biggest challenge you've found in running a business and being a mom?
This is such a good question because owning a business has actually been one of the best things about being a mom. I am able to make my own schedule to work around my kids schedules. The biggest challenge though is not being able to “turn work off.” I am trying to disconnect more and be more present at home, but there are so many things to think about when you own a business. I love when I can bring my kids to work. At DanceFIT, I host infant/ mom playdates, baby wearing balletFIT and kids dance and yoga nights for the boys and their friends! We have more fun events like this coming up.

What is your favorite fitness-related activity to do with your kids (either one-on-one or as a family)?
We love water sports! Water skiing (which I am bad at, but love!), paddle boarding, swimming. We also love going on walks.

Thank you Gina!

More info about Gina and her studios - 
locations: 25 monmouth street, brookline ma 02446 | 721 worcester street, natick ma 01760
twitter: @dFITstudio
instagram: @dancefitstudio

Brunch + Burn with Trillfit (@makeittrill)

In January I was invited to check out a fitness event that sounded just too good to turn down - a wellness day party (or "Brunch + Burn") with TRILLFIT, a new workout party popping up all over Boston, created by Heather White and DJ Nick Bishop. The event was held on Sunday Jan 31 at the Hotel Commonwealth and featured a yoga class, a hip-hop inspired signature workout, and then brunch! Plus a few extra goodies like beauty treatments, health consultations, and of course a photo booth. How fun does that sound?!
The yoga class was lead by Sanaa Jaman (aka @LadyDork) and was a perfect combination of relaxing and invigorating. Her cues were helpful and the poses were challenging without being too strenuous. After yoga, we did the signature workout which was basically one big dance party (and made me miss the Zumba classes I used to take in the North End!). The class was taught by professional dancer Melisa Valdez whose energy was totally infectious. I loved the music too (a big focus of Trillfit) which made it even better. Workouts that are hard, sweaty AND fun are the best, am I right?
After getting our sweat on we were treated to an awesome brunch including different juices, fruit, a trail mix bar, and these awesome gruyere egg sandwiches. Yum! Oh and on the way out we got some cool swag in gift bags. Overall, it was an extremely well-produced event and fantastic way to spend a Sunday morning. I highly recommend checking out the next Trillfit event! Details on their website or contact Heather for more info - info@trill.fit.

Have you tried any new classes lately?

Studio News: Coming this Spring

Well, I'm finally ready to announce it on the blog - a tiny assistant (maybe more like a boss?) will be joining the Lucie Wicker Photography family this spring! Due at the end of May, we could not be more thrilled. Apollo has no idea what he's in for... (ok, neither do we!). 

I plan to take some time off but don't worry! I'm still booking shoots through the end of April and plan to pick back up again in the summer, stay tuned for updates on that. In the mean time, I will be working away and also adding some new concepts to my portfolio and blog including what I'm calling "FitMoms" - women I know in the fitness industry who are completely dominating their chosen professions and just so happen to be moms too. I find them so inspiring and would love to share their photos and stories with you! So keep an eye out for that. 
I am also still doing a lot of photo sessions with kids, either with a sports/athletics slant or just playing around in my studio. If you or anyone you know would be interested in one of those sessions, please get in touch
I'm so excited to share this next chapter and see what will happen in the next few months. Stay tuned!


@NewBalance Head of the Charles Photo Shoot

Back in August (on a lovely 95 degree day) I did a quick shoot for New Balance featuring two Olympic rowers modeling attire for NB's Head of the Charles line. The race was a few weeks ago and here are a few of the images that popped up online:

The athletes, Gevvie Stone and Elliot Hovey, were sweltering in the fall-weather outfits but they were good sports about it and we tried to move quickly! It was fun following them up and down the Charles. 

Group Fitness Photography in Boston's South End

It's always fun to photograph group fitness, especially this gorgeous time of year. I recently did a photo shoot with trainer Chris Carreiro at a park where he regularly holds bootcamp-style classes. He brought a whole crew to help him out with the photos and their energy was infectious! Not only were they supporting Chris by being in the shoot but they cheered each other on the whole time I was photographing the exercises. It was a blast! Here are some of the finished results:


 I can't wait to see the final results on the website when it's all put together. Thanks for a great shoot, Chris! You're a lucky guy to have such awesome clients. :)

Trainer: Chris Carreiro
Produced by: patientMoon Wellness Marketing
Location: South End, Boston, MA








Photographing Runners and Athletes: My Interview on Point and Shoot

Over the summer I was a guest on a local cable access show, Point and Shoot, hosted by photographer Susan Hagstrom. Susan interviews other photographers in the area, discusses their process with them, reviews some of their work, and then gets video of them in action. We shot the video at the cable studio in Hingham and then on location at my studio and in my yard. It was really fun! I was nervous but I've been told I don't look like I am in the video. :)

Check it out and let me know what you think!

Resurfacing and #Instagram Round-up: April 2015

Have you ever had a month kick your ass completely? In a good way? That was April for me. I was wrapping up both my Boston Marathon project for this year as well as a part-time job I've had for almost three years at Jim Scherer's studio in Dorchester, I had a whole bunch of photo shoots, and then at the very end of April I got married. Whew! I have spent last week up through today coming up for air and it feels pretty great to navigate this new chapter in my life.
The marathon was freezing and rainy but also exhilarating as ever. I watched it with my friend Mary at the Heartbreak Hill Running Company which was taken over by Nike for the day for a huge spectating block party. I spent the rest of the month photographing some pretty amazing clients including the Boston Cannons Dance Team (who all fit in my studio at once!). The wedding went off without a hitch and we had a total blast, despite our massive amounts of anxiety leading up to the weekend.

And then - hooray - it was May. Now I can breathe again, freelancing full-time, and I'm looking forward to shooting even more, especially outside since the weather has taken a turn for the better! Hope your spring is treating you well too and you're getting some time in the sun. :)

#Instagram Round-up: March 2015

In between snowstorms, March had a lot going on! Some fun events with Essentia Water and Kit and Ace, snowmobiling, Turnstyle Cycle, and of course my awesome marathon runners.

Hope March went in like a lion and out like a lamb for you! What are you plans for this spring?

Behind the Scenes: An Interview with OmGal, Rebecca Pacheco

I'm so psyched to post a special interview with a special person on my blog today. Meet Rebecca Pacheco - aka OmGal - yoga enthusiast and now a published author. I met Rebecca last year when she participated in my "Why I Run" Boston Marathon project and we stayed in touch. When she told me she was writing a book and asked me to shoot the headshot for the inside of the book jacket, I was beyond thrilled.
Here's my interview with Rebecca (who has been kind enough to do a book giveaway! Deets at the end of the interview):

Hi Rebecca! Tell us a little about yourself: If my life in yoga years were a person, she’d be able to vote! I began doing yoga at the age of 16. In addition to teaching yoga, I’ve also worked with at-risk youth at a nonprofit in Dorchester, in marketing at a magazine, and as a consultant. I’m now a solopreneuer (like you, Lucie). Which means we are the bosses… and the assistants… and the janitors. My first book comes out on March 3. It’s pretty surreal. Writing a book has been a lifelong dream (I majored in English Literature). Yoga became the medium through which I write and tell stories.

Tell us about your new book: It’s less of the fitness and flexibility we all know so well about yoga and more of the tradition’s meaning and philosophy, yet made modern and relatable to life for the modern yogi.
What did you hope to bring to the community (or world?) with this book: The world doesn’t need another idealized image of yoga. My goal was to be real and give people a better understanding of how yoga applies to real life. I wanted to give the world a yoga book that they would actually read. I also really hope it makes people laugh. Humor is high art to me.

What was the writing experience like? Would you ever consider doing it again? I have always thought of myself as a writer. The experience was hard, stressful, and painstaking at times. Even friends who are both mothers and published authors will say that it’s like childbirth (I’ll have to keep you posted for when I do have a child!). But writing is what I was meant to do. I was the kid who got busted for staying up past my bedtime reading with a flashlight under the covers. The level of difficulty in writing a book and making a living as a professional writer have never dissuaded me, so, yes, I plan to do it again. I have conceptualized three future books in my mind. One of them I’ve started writing loosely. I hope to bring that one to fruition soon. It will incorporate an athletic inspiration to my approach to yoga.

Are you planning any events around your big launch? I am! Right now, we have book tour events confirmed in Boston, Western MA, Rhode Island, Washington DC, and the Cape & Islands. There are other cities in the works, so please stay tuned!

Where can we find "Do Your Om Thing?" You can order it on Amazon now or buy it in bookstores after 3/3/15. If you’re in Boston, definitely come to two of the best indie bookstores on earth in the Brookline Booksmith on March 4th and Trident Booksellers on March 9th. They are seriously two of my favorite places in the city. I can’t wait to see everyone there and write some love notes to readers, students, and friends on the title pages of some books.
Thanks Rebecca and congratulations!!! 

Keep in touch with Rebecca:
RebeccaPacheco.com | OmGal.com
twitter: @omgal
instagram: @omgal
Facebook: @omgalblog

If you'd like a chance at winning Do Your Om Thing, leave a comment below. One winner* will be chosen at random on March 6th and will be announced here on the blog so check back in a week. Good luck!

*book can be shipped to a US address only

note: this post does contain affiliate links; however, all opinions are my own

#Instagram Round-up: January 2015

Is it spring yet?! No?! Last month we had, shall we say, photographically inspiring weather and lots of it. February is promising more although at this point I am more inspired to stay inside than I am to go out and photograph it! I can't stay inside for long though and I'm already planning some outdoor winter sports shoots which I am looking forward to sharing. Bundle up!

How has your 2015 been so far?

#TastetheSeason at Sweetgreen

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you probably know I'm a big fan of Sweetgreen, a healthy take-out restaurant with several locations in Boston/NYC/DC/etc. In addition to having delicious locally-sourced food, they were the ones who kindly hosted my Boston Marathon photo exhibit last April-
Last night I was invited to a farm-to-table dinner hosted by Sweetgreen at Ward's Berry Farm in Sharon, MA to celebrate their new seasonal fall menu and bring the Sweetgreen "family" together. Nice idea, huh?? I went with my new friend Jackie of South Shore Saturdays and met up with a few other fitness buddies like Sarah, Christina, Eliza, and Caroline, plus Rachel who had put the whole event together. 
The evening started off with popcorn and a hayride where we got a tour of the farm which is huge! Sweetgreen uses a lot of the farm's produce in their menu items so it was cool to see where the ingredients come from and learn how they're grown. We even tried some sweet corn on the cob (raw!) and it was amazing. 
 When we returned to the farm, we had some appetizers, hot toddies and Downeast Cider (based in Charlestown) which was new to me and I loved it. For dinner, we all sat at long tables in one of the greenhouses and passed large bowls of food around family style (to encourage conversation) - veggies from the farm, roasted brussels sprouts, hummus, and several of the new seasonal items from the restaurant. Each dish was better than the last and I can honestly say I enjoyed everything. I had tried the new "Rad Thai" salad with shrimp, red cabbage, and spicy cashew dressing a few days before when I stopped in their Fort Point location but all of the other dishes were new to me.
I love Sweetgreen because they make healthy food fun and interesting and they also promote community involvement and bringing people together. I will always make a point to visit one of their locations when I'm downtown and maybe someday they will make it to the South Shore! Fingers crossed!

Fitness in Boston: Summer Started with a Bang!

Whew! It's been a while since I blogged- summer started fast and furious, I've just been trying to keep up! Here's a little glimpse of what I've been up to-

A few fantastic photo shoots with some seriously beautiful ladies-
 
Danielle Roback, owner of Studio Poise
Christine Sordillo, fitness competitor
Joanna Benevides, yoga beauty
and even a fun test shoot with my pal Ali Baldassare of Move Sweat Love and make-up artist Sadie Higgins.

I also had a major shoot in collaboration with patientMoon at Vo2max Fitness and Vo2max Elite in Needham (photos are not up yet- stay tuned!). We were shooting not only their studios but all 20+ instructors and it was a blast! I loved working with these fitness stars, they were total pros. More on that in another post...
I also spent a day at the 2nd Annual NEWBHA Fest run by the North End Health and Beauty Alliance where I was also photographing the event - lots of bands, free fitness classes, and health and beauty vendors. It was a gorgeous day to spend outside!

On top of all this (which took place in the span of one month) I've also had some exciting personal developments occur! That is another blog post entirely so stay tuned... :)

How have you been spending your summer so far??

Free Fitness Classes in Boston this Summer!

Summer is almost here and you know what that means- Boston is full of fun free fitness. Here are a few you will not want to miss...
Jennifer Phelan Pilates
Pilates superstar, Jenn Phelan, is back from maternity leave and kicking spring off with her "Bikini & Bellini" series in partnership with Sterling's in Faneuil Hall. The class is a bootcamp-style Pilates workout and runs EVERY Saturday from 9:30 to 10:15am in May and June, every other Saturday in July and August, and then every Saturday in September. Since it's outside, be sure to check out Jenn's Facebook page for any weather-related cancellations.
Photo by Matt Teuten/New Balance
Ladies who love to run? New Balance just started a series called Girls Night Out from their Boylston Street location (read all about it on Healthy Chicks' blog). The evening starts with a fun run and winds down with stretching, live music, guest speakers by local fitness experts, cocktails and apps. I went to the first one on May 15th and had a blast!
Move Sweat Love with Ali
Another bootcamp to try is Ali Baldassare's cardio Pilates bootcamp on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in the North End. The series will take place on Mondays throughout the summer starting with June 9th and 23rd from 6:30 to 7:15pm.
Lena Andrade of the Z Spot
Good news for Zumba fans- the Z Spot will be back (but this time in Christopher Columbus Park) every Monday starting June 2nd! Their crew is so much fun to watch and even more fun to dance with. Follow their fan page for more details.

Leventhal Park in Post Office Square will be offering 8 free weekly classes for the second summer in a row weekday mornings as well as after work from June through September. Check their calendar and Facebook page for a full schedule and updates.

And finally - the 2nd Annual NEWHBA Fest! The North End Waterfront Health & Beauty Alliance will be hosting an all day affair on June 21st including live music, health and beauty vendors, and free fitness classes scheduled throughout the day. I'll be there taking photos so come say hi!

Need more free fitness? Check out this calendar on the Little Miss Runshine blog to stay updated all summer. Also, sign up for the Sweetgreen passport offering free classes all over the city every month (not just in the summer!). Have an event to share? Please leave the info in the comments below, I'd love to learn about it!

Boston Fitness Photography: Personal Trainer Monika Mazur

Meet Monika! Monika is not only an NPC Athlete but she is one of the most enthusiastic personal trainers I've ever come across. A trainer at Healthworks in Brookline, she created the Body By Monika program and her clients see results! I know this because she is their biggest cheerleader- working with them, encouraging them along the way, and posted their progress photos all over social media. Her training is described as "intense" but she also has a great sense of humor and could not be more proud of her clients reaching their goals.

I actually did two shoots with Monika last summer and fall, here's some of what we shot:

Stylist: Keely Witkowski of b.fetching

Fitness + Pilates Photography: Meg Scannell at Exhale Battery Wharf

I realize that I've strayed a bit from highlighting images from my fitness shoots... so I'm bringing it back! Starting with a shoot I did last summer with the lovely, strong and oh-so-flexible Meg, a fitness instructor who teaches at Exhale Battery Wharf and Barry's Bootcamp. Meg wanted to do her shoot on location at Exhale and I'm so glad we did- the light was soft and pretty and the studio is a beautiful space. Even after all this time, I still love looking at these photos-

I mean, for real?!