boston fitness photography

#YogaMama Series with Kristin

I recently did a collaboration with my yogi friend Kristin Niemi. We did a few shoots together; in the first one she was 31 weeks pregnant and in the following one she had a two week old. We tried to recreate some of the photos from the first shoot with little baby Parker in place of her baby bump in the second shoot.

I knew we would need help handling a newborn in addition to everything else with the shoot so I asked my maternity/newborn/family photographer friend, Sarah Hinchey, to help us out. We couldn't have done it without her; she was a true baby whisperer!


Not all of the poses were exactly the same; we were being as gentle as possible with Kristin and what she was comfortable for her was our first priority. I still love seeing the photos side by side! What do you think?

Coming soon - Kristin before-and-after with a 4 month old!

Review of a @CreativeLive Class, "SkillSet: Best of Lighting"

Note: I received the product mentioned in this post for free from CreativeLive. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. All opinions are my own. Thanks!


As I mentioned last month, I recently signed up for a class with CreativeLive, a site that offers more than 1500 classes online taught by experts across a variety of topics. With so many intriguing photography-related options, I went with SkillSet: Best of Lighting which featured the highlights of a bunch of lessons taught by well known photographers. The class included hours and hours of footage; honestly I haven't even made it through all of them yet (but I definitely will!). Since I have the class to keep, it's there whenever I log into CL and I can pick up right where I left off. I really appreciated this feature.


Some things I learned from the segments I watched:
  • V-flats are easy to make and work well for portraiture with both natural and artificial light.
  • Sometimes one light is all you need (something I knew but it was nice to have it reiterated by other pros).
I really enjoyed the Joel Grimes segment of the class about photographing action because it involved a lot of what I do in my work. It was cool to see how another photographer works and gave me some things to think about. I liked to see both the things we do in common and the things we do differently. I also like that he really emphasized picking one thing you like shooting and then doing it over and over to get really good at it. My favorite quote from his talk was when he said, "I didn't get here because of talent. I get here because of hard work." Amen!


Did you take this class along with me? I'd love to hear your thoughts if you did! If not and you'd like to check it out or try another one, here's the code for 20% off: ISHARE20


Let me know what you thought and thanks again to CreativeLive!

Smash the Scale and National Eating Disorder Awareness Week


Even though she is still very small, now that I have a daughter I am already thinking ahead to some of the challenges she may face and how I can help her handle them. One challenge in particular I thought of is dealing with body image issues. I want her to always feel loved, supported, and confident but I know somewhere along the way, most women (and men too, of course) go through periods of extreme self-loathing.

With this in mind, when my awesome bootcamp instructor, Kate, told me that Feb 26 - March 4 is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week and that she had an idea for a project, I knew I wanted to be involved. She told me that on social media people have been posting photos of "scale smashing" which was started by body image blogger The Militant Baker a few years ago. People literally smash their scales (often with empowering words written on them) as a way to "to redefine their worth and beauty by letting go of those perfect numbers that weigh them down," according to the Southern Smash website. Kate wanted to smash a scale of her own and so I wanted to photograph it.

We met in her driveway with her enthusiastic kiddos watching, and she hit it, threw it, and left it in pieces. She said it was emotional at times but ultimately a fun and satisfying experience.



 What do you think, are you ready to smash that scale? I am!

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#BostonMarathon Runner Story: Colleen Courtney for the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation

It's back! I've started photographing runners once again for my Why I Run: Boston Marathon Photo Project and today I'm starting with Colleen. I met up with Colleen at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir on a very chilly day (Superbowl Sunday, how fitting!) to take some photos and talk about how she teamed up to run for the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation.

Name: Colleen Courtney
Location: Melrose, MA
Occupation: Manager, Boston University Student Employment Services

Number of Marathons Run (including 2017): 2
Boston Marathons Run (including 2017): 1
Why I Run: I love the commitment it takes to train and the feeling of accomplishment afterwards. After my collegiate soccer career ended, I felt there was something missing in my routine which is when I discovered running. The void I felt was from a lack of being challenged both physically and mentally. Running feeds my competitive drive, keeps me goal oriented and helps me maintain motivation on a daily basis.

This year I am running the Boston Marathon on behalf of Gronk Nation Youth Foundation. This organization inspires students through sports, education and fitness. I'm passionate about this organization because of my own experiences playing youth sports. Athletic involvement since a young age taught me so many qualities that I apply in my everyday life- discipline, consistency, motivation, teamwork, effort, patience and many more.

I also run in memory of my Dad who was my biggest fan and taught me the meaning of discipline, strength and consistency in running and in life. 

Thanks to Colleen for sharing her story and good luck with training!
To learn more and help Colleen's fundraising effors, visit her page here:

Free Fitness - #SharetheLove at @HealthworksFit

It's not just a New Year's resolution... it's just time. My baby is now 8 months old and I finally feel ready to commit to a serious fitness routine like I had before she was born. Luckily, I received an email from Healthworks about an event they're offering featuring a week of FREE fitness classes! How perfect is that?? They were kind enough to let me share the info here on the blog in case anyone reading would like to partake as well:

Starting on Feb 8th through the 14th, Healthworks is having its annual Share the Love event which includes a full week of special programming like themed classes and giveaways to share the love of fitness with the Boston community. Each Healthworks location has different offerings which you can learn more about through the Eventbrite links below:

Back Bay: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/share-the-love-of-healthworks-back-bay-tickets-31424830514

Coolidge Corner: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/share-the-love-of-healthworks-coolidge-corner-tickets-31422676070

Chestnut Hill: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/share-the-love-of-healthworks-chestnut-hill-tickets-31424335032

Cambridge: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/share-the-love-of-healthworks-cambridge-tickets-31423135444

Let me know if you plan on attending, maybe I will see you there!

Kick It By Eliza and the #KickItCrew


I met Eliza a few years ago when she was a recent college graduate with some big fitness dreams. Fast forward to today and she is one of Boston's biggest fitness entrepreneurs, founder of a "fempire," and her very own fitness brand. I've photographed her a few times since I first met her but last summer I had a chance to photograph one of her classes which consisted of the instructors certified to teach her signature class. 












We did the shoot at Zone 3 where they held pop-up classes and it was an awesome space to work in. Her crew was enthusiastic and full of life, it was a pleasure to work with them.

Thanks to Eliza and her crew for a great shoot! 

Are you a studio looking for photos of your classes? Let me know!

"Women in Fitness" Art Show at Be Well Studios

For the rest of January and the entire month of February this year, I have a photography show up at Be Well Studios in Scituate. Be Well is an awesome fitness and wellness space right on Scituate Harbor and they host local artists on a regular basis. I was thrilled when they asked me to be the first artist on display for 2017.

If you happen to be on the South Shore, swing by and check it out!
3 Mill Wharf Plaza
Scituate, MA 02066

#FitMomTalks: Tina Haupert of Carrots 'n' Cake

I recently did a shoot with my blogger buddy, Tina, and I wanted to post her awesome #FitMomTalk today! I paired up with Tina about a year ago to take photos (and now video) of her on a regular basis for her popular fitness/lifestyle blog, Carrots 'n' Cake, and also her latest business venture, Designed to Fit Nutrition which provides custom meal plans. Tina has a two-year-old son, Quinn, and is definitely a fit mom inspiration.  I am so happy to share what she had to say:
How long of a maternity leave were you able to take before you started to work (and workout!) again?
For work, maybe a day or two, which I totally regret. Looking back, I wish I had taken several weeks away from work. For working out, I was back at it just a few weeks later with walking and light workouts in my driveway. By 5 weeks, I was back at CrossFit and running just a short while later.

How did that schedule/routine look different from before baby?

Before a baby, I felt like I had all the time in the world to work and exercise. Now, life is a lot more scheduled, which means I can't dillydally with my time anymore. If I have a free hour to work or workout, I am doing exactly that-- no watching TV or playing on Facebook!
Did your fitness outlook and goals change after becoming a mom? If so, how?
Absolutely! I used to want to hit certain numbers at the gym and look a certain way, which, of course, was directly tied to my fitness routine. Now, I just want to enjoy my workouts and have a good time. Exercise is so much more about being happy and healthy nowadays!

What is the biggest challenge you've found in working/running a business and being a mom?

Time. Balance. Mom guilt. Some days, I feel like I am top of the world doing it all, but a lot of the time (maybe too much of the time), I feel like I am failing at everything. Of course, I wouldn't give it up for the world-- working from home and spending time with my little guy is the absolute best-- but it's still tough sometimes. I feel like I am pulled in a million directions.
What is your favorite fitness-related activity to do with your son (either one-on-one or as a family)?We love being active as a family, especially when the weather is nice. Some of our favorite activities: Stroller running, family walks and hikes, and partner workouts in our basement.


Thanks Tina! 

SmashGal Shoot Recap: Tennis Athletic Apparel

Tennis, anyone? This spring I had the pleasure of doing a shoot with women's tennis apparel company, SmashGal Activewear. SmashGal is known for cute print skorts, which can be worn for many different activities. They wanted the photos to be energetic and empower women to be active.

We had three awesome models and the shoot was produced by the team at patientMoon Wellness Marketing. The photos are now up on their website, what do you think??




πŸ“· Happy World Photo Day! πŸ“·

www.worldphotoday.com
I would be remiss if I did not do a post today because... drum roll please... it's World Photo Day! According to the website, World Photo Day was started in 2009 and celebrates the "passion for photography in our communities." Sounds good to me!

Here are a few ways they suggest you can participate today and every day:

SHARE YOUR WORLD: Show us what you see. Share your world in our World Photo Day gallery and add your perspective to our growing mosaic of images from around the globe.

GROW YOUR PASSION: Get active in developing your photography skills. Expand your knowledge and look for new techniques online or in classes or groups near you. Then pay it forward: create opportunities where you can pass on your knowledge and experience to others.

CONNECT YOUR COMMUNITY: Help your community celebrate photography where you are. Organize a photography walk, hold a photo exhibition, start a photography club. See how photography can flourish in community through mutual encouragement and sharing of ideas.

You can also submit a photo on their website to the 2016 gallery here: worldphotoday.com/gallery/upload

I chose this photo of Jenn taken last summer. A side plank at sunset in Boston, how perfect is that??