boston marathon photo project

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

With the Boston Marathon coming up in one week, I'd like to share some photos and an interview I did recently with Colleen Courtney who met me on Super Bowl Sunday at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. We had fun doing some running, stretching, and even some jumps (my fav!). Here's Colleen's story:

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 why you run! To support Colleen and her goals, check out her fundraising page: 

#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:

#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

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. :)

#OneBostonDay and More Runners from the Why I Run: 2015 Project

Today Boston will be observing a moment of silence at 2:49pm to honor those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing that took place two years ago. It's a beautiful sunny morning here but I know my mind will be on that day, the victims, and everything that has happened since April 15, 2013.

It seems fitting that I introduce more runners from my Boston Marathon project, including those who were inspired to run 2015 by the events that took place two years ago:
Kendra Campbell was a teacher at the school where Martin Richards and his sister Jane attended. She is running for Team MR8 which was created in memory of Martin.
Kim is running her first marathon for the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation.
Lauren is running with Team in Training in memory of her father who died of Hodgkin's Lymphoma when she was a baby.
Cassi is an educator and mom of three who is running for Boston Children's Hospital.

Want to read more? Their full stories (and others) can be found at: http://www.luciewickerphotography.com/why-i-run-a-boston-marathon-2015-project

Looking forward to cheering on these ladies and everyone else who will be running in less than a week! Will you be there?

#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?

Why I Run: A Boston Marathon 2015 Project in Full Swing

I was so awe inspired by the runners I photographed last year for my Why I Run: A Boston Marathon 2014 Project that while I was looking forward to meeting new runners this year, I did not expect to be blown away by their stories... but so far, I have been! These ladies are amazing for so many reasons and here are a few:
Kate is an attorney and mom of 3 year old twins who runs for Cops for Kids with Cancer
Kate's Fundraising Page: https://www.crowdrise.com/KateRunsBoston2015/fundraiser/katesullivan1
Katie is running her very first marathon in memory of her cousin, Mike Kennedy, who was one of two firefighters who died in the line of duty last year in Boston. 
Sharon is a first grade teacher training for her 17th marathon (12th Boston!). Sharon runs in memory of several close friends and raises money for Dana Farber. 
Adrienne has three children under the age of four, a full-time job, and multiple sclerosis yet she still finds time to train for her 11th marathon (8th Boston)!

Want to read more? Their full stories (and others) can be found at: http://www.luciewickerphotography.com/why-i-run-a-boston-marathon-2015-project

I'll be featuring more runners and their reasons for running this year's Boston Marathon soon! Stay tuned!

Instagram Round-up for February AND #DYOT Book Giveaway Winner

And now... my Instagram re-cap. February was a hard month around these parts. So much snow, cold, disabled trains, traffic... you get the idea. But there was some fun stuff too like photographing some really incredible runners for my Boston Marathon project, snowshoeing with my brother, photographing at East Side Yoga and Fitness studio in Southie, testing with Madison Claire Fitness (more on that down the road!) and getting my first promo mailing of the year designed, packaged and out the door. Whew!
And now... thanks to everyone to entered the giveaway to win "Do Your Om Thing" by Rebecca Pacheco. The winner by random drawing is.... Sharon D.! Congrats Sharon, I think you will really love reading it.

Why I Run: A Boston Marathon 2015 Project Has Begun

I'm so thrilled to share the first three participants in the latest installment of my Boston Marathon 2015 "Why I Run" project. These fine ladies braved the elements this weekend to run and pose for me and I'm so grateful! Once again I find myself blown away by these runners' dedication and reasons for doing what they do. I'm still working on collecting their stories but when I do, the will be posted here. Check back soon to see them go up!

Also, I'm still accepting participants for this years' project- if you or anyone you know is living and training on the South Shore, let me know!

Why I Run: A Boston Marathon 2015 Photo Project

Laura in Cohasset. Isn't it gorgeous?!
If you've been reading this blog for a while then you probably remember that this past winter/spring I began a project about people who live and train in Boston who were running the 2014 Boston Marathon. I did this for a variety of reasons, most of which can be summed up in this article. As winter sets in and winter training schedules start popping up on my social media feed, I started to think about resurrecting the project with a new angle for 2015, this time focusing on people who live and train on the South Shore.

Moving to Cohasset last summer was a big change for me. While only 20 miles south of the city I called home for most of my life, I was moving to an area I barely knew and a community where I knew no one. When thinking about the new angle of my marathon project, I thought of it as a way to meet South Shore people in the running community and also a chance to explore the beautiful routes in this area. 

So I need your help! If you or anyone you know lives and/or trains in the South Shore area, I would love to hear from you. Thanks and happy running!

Instagram Round-up: March

Find me on Instagram at @luciephoto
March came in like a lion... and, well, went out like a lion too. I kept busy with fitness shoots and also shooting the bulk of my Boston Marathon 2014 photo project (now on display at Sweetgreen!). I also made it to the aquarium and the opening of Sweetgreen in Fort Point (the non-fitness photos in my instagram feed- yes, there are a few).

How was your month??

Why I Run: A Boston Marathon 2014 Photo Project at Sweetgreen in Boston

I'm happy to say that after many hours of coordinating shoots, photographing the runners (in all kinds of winter weather!), typing up their stories, printing, framing and hanging... the show went up this morning! I'm so pleased with how it came out and I couldn't be more proud. Along with the photos, there are bios of the runners including their names, where they live in Boston, their occupations, how many marathons they've run, and why they run. Those running for charity have QR codes in their bios that link to their fundraising pages. Sweetgreen has gorgeous brick walls which the pieces really stand out on.
Thanks to everyone who helped out this morning, including Rachel Chemerynski who handles the regional marketing at Sweetgreen and made this whole thing happen (she also took that pic of me!). If you're interested in checking out the show, it will be up for the month of April. Please stop by and let me know what you think!

659 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

To view the project online and read more about it, please visit the website

#BostonMarathon Project Update + Photography Exhibit at #Sweetgreen

From top left: Chrissy Horan, Natalie Mazzetta, Erica Soma, Ali Baldassare
Whew, what a month it's been! My project on Boston Marathon runners is going strong - I've photographed somewhere around 20 runners and I have 4 or 5 to go! I also created a website where I've started to share the photos and the stories that go along with them-


In addition to the awesome online support coming in, I'm excited to announce that the project will be a show on display at Sweetgreen on Boylston Street! When my friends from Boston Handmade encouraged me to seek out a space (preferably along the marathon route) to exhibit the work, I immediately thought of my friend Rachel Chemerynski who does marketing and community outreach at Sweetgreen located right at the marathon finish line-
Luckily, she loved the idea and now the work will be on display at the store during the month of April! There is also going to be an event in conjunction with Sweetgreen's passport program prior to the Marathon. The show goes up on April 5 so if you find yourself in the Back Bay at that time, definitely swing by the store and check it out! 

Sweetgreen
659 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

#AskAwayFriday with Bev Feldman of Linkouture

Bev Feldman of Linkouture
Happy Friday! I'm participating here on the blog in #AskAwayFriday with my Boston Handmade buddy and jewelry designer, Bev Feldman of Linkouture (on Twitter @Linkouture). How it works is Bev asks me questions which I then answer and post here and I ask her questions which she posts on her blog. Kind of a nice way for our readers to get to know us a little better! Here are Bev's questions for me, be sure to check out my questions for her on her blog too:

1. What is the most interesting thing you have ever photographed?
I did a multimedia project on a farm in Dartmouth, MA called Silverbrook Farm. It was so interesting to me to hear the story behind the farm, their practices, and their commitment to keeping the future of farming in their community going. 

2. How did you get into fitness photography? What do you like most about this type of photography? 
It all started when I was still in school at BU's Center for Digital Imaging Arts back in 2011. I had asked a Pilates teacher I knew, Jenn Phelan, if she'd be willing to do some environmental portraiture at Castle Island. She agreed, we had an awesome summer sunset shoot, and the rest is history!

What I like most is working with athletes- I find their discipline, strength, and commitment to helping other achieve their own goals inspiring!

3. Would you consider yourself a fitness buff? Has doing fitness photography had any impact on your own exercise regimen? 
How about fitness enthusiast? I had no exercise regimen in place before I got into fitness photography and now I'm borderline obsessed. My work has definitely had an impact because I love frequenting the classes my clients teach especially. 

4. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?
I'd probably go back to southeast Asia (I was in Thailand in 2000). My parents loved Laos and I've heard great things about Bali too. I love the food, warm climates, and being somewhere totally different from where I live. Plus it's gorgeous!

5. When did you first join Boston Handmade and how did you get involved? 
I joined BH in 2008 when I had decided to start selling prints of my photography and really wanted to be a part of the creative community. It wasn't something my friends were into so I wanted to make a few new friends in creative fields. It was an extremely rewarding move!

6. What is the most daring thing you have ever done?
me with my life on my back in Belize; ziplining in Costa Rica
I did a bunch of traveling on my own when I was pretty young which in hindsight seems daring. When I was 18, I moved to Dublin for the summer- found a job, place to live, and traveled around the country by myself. When I was 22, I went to Central America starting in Mexico and winding my way down to Costa Rica for a few months. I made friends quickly but I set out initially on my own. It was the best time of my life!

7. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas or Halloween. I love dressing up and creepy things so Halloween is up there but I love spending time with family and gift giving/receiving too. Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorite movies- it combines both holidays!

8. I read this on a recent #AskAwayFriday, and thought it was especially appropriate for you as a photographer: share a recent photo and tell the story behind it. 
I've been working on a personal project photographing people running this year's Boston Marathon and finding out their running stories. Because the marathon is run in the spring, they train in some pretty awful conditions throughout the winter. I've been photographing them in these conditions too- it's rough! 

This photo was taken last week during a snow flurry at a completely snow-and-ice covered Jamaica Pond. My runner, Stephanie (also a BH member), was a good sport even through she kept stepping through layers of ice into the snow. I was pretty happy with this shot - her pose, the composition, the lighting despite the weather conditions - when my dog snuck up behind her and photobombed it. I still love it though.

9. As you know, St. Patrick's Day is huge in Boston. (I just read that Boston has the oldest parade in the States). Will you be doing anything to commemorate the day? Do you usually attend St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston? 
I do not, I'm a bad Bostonian in that way. I went to the parade once when I was 15. Otherwise I tried to avoid all the craziness since a lot of it takes place in my neighborhood. 

10. I don't know about you, but I'm just about done with winter. What are you looking forward to most this spring?
The Boston Marathon! It's such a huge deal in Boston and this year is going to be even more special. I'm still trying to figure out the best spot to camp out and enjoy the day. Want to join me?