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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!


#Instagram Round-up: August 2015

As you probably guessed from my last post, I had a pretty full/colorful/fun August. Here's my Instagram Round-up for the month - a lot of posts for a lot of activities I was eager to document and share. Some gorgeous summer photo shoots in Boston, several fitness goals checked off the list, international travel, and just some relaxing summer activities.
We're in the middle of a heat wave here in Boston so I don't think I'll be posting any fall photos anytime soon. Enjoying it while it lasts!

What are you up to this September?

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We Keep Bees



Last fall, Seth got it in his head that it would be cool to keep bees since we have a yard now. He mentioned it to our recently retired neighbor who loved the idea. He proceeded to do all the research and created a plan for beekeeping that we could do together. We agreed and within a few weeks, the bees arrived (by USPS - seriously):
The cage the bees were shipped in!
We're using what is called a Warre Hive. These hives closely resemble the kind of living space a bee would have in nature so they're considered "natural beekeeping" with the idea that bees are happier and more productive in these types of hives.
one of "our girls" carrying pollen back to the hive on her legs
Even though we have bee suits, these bees (Italian) are so docile we barely need them. I was able to get close for these photos without any issue.

We're so pleased with our bees and we've been encouraging everyone who will listen to consider getting a hive of their own (even city dwellers - yes, it's totally possible). They are essential components to maintaining a healthy environment and as we know, the environment could use all the help it can get! Plus, you get some tasty honey. That's a bonus too :)

Interested in reading more? We had an article all about our bee project published in the Cohasset Mariner! I also posted more photos here with captions too.

Have you ever thought about keeping bees?

#Instagram Round-up: July 2015

The way this summer is going it's almost like last winter never happened (almost). I'm so lucky to be able to spend so much time outside, both working and playing, and I'm documenting it every step of the way on instagram. So much time out on the water, training for my first triathlon, taking video at Be Well Studios in Scituate, our pop-up shoot with patientMoon, and watching our bees thrive in the yard! And summer isn't even over yet....

Let's try this again... #MarshfieldDuxburyTri this Sunday

biking in the rain can be fun, it turns out
After the wash-out that was the Cohasset Triathlon I was preparing for in June, I immediately signed up for the Marshfield-Duxbury Triathlon on August 2 which is now just a few short days away! Training has been trickier since the weather got pretty steamy in July but I have fit in a bunch of good runs, some even long (for me!). When it was too hot to run I did some bike rides along the shore with those ocean breezes keeping me going.


As for gear, I got a sweet new bike helmet-

 and finally purchased my first tri suit which is currently en route from OneTri.com!

Never thought I'd be so psyched for such a thing but I am. It's the same brand I used for the Cohasset Tri which I'd rented (except this one has sleeves - no jellyfish stings this time). Still deciding on an outfit but I'll post it when I have it all squared away.
definitely wearing my New Balance kicks!
What are you training for this summer??

Recap: #Cohasset Triathalon 2015, the Tri that Wasn't

Yes, that man behind me ran in his swim cap. It was a good idea, wish I'd thought of it...
After so much anticipating, preparation, and training I was so looking forward to the Cohasset Triathlon on Sunday, as I mentioned in my previous blog post. Unfortunately Mother Nature was against us when torrential downpours, 5-7 waves, and 30 mph wind gusts forced the organizers (Steamline Events, who were amazing!) to cancel both the bike and swim portions of the race. Those of us who were crazy enough to show up and stick around wound up running an incredibly soggy 5k. All of that motivation to get home, showered, and dry definitely kicked in and I happened to run the fastest 5k to date! So it wasn't a total loss and it was definitely an experience.

The good news is there is another tri around the corner on August 2 - the Marshfield Duxbury Tri - so I'm going to sign up for that and keep the training going through the summer. Hopefully that one will be on a less stormy morning!

Have you ever experienced less-than-ideal race conditions? How did you handle it? I'd love to hear your stories!

Update: Tri Training! #CohassetTri 2015

Most of us in the Northeast are saying this but it's really true - I'm loving this season so far. Between hanging out in my yard gardening (and beekeeping!) and exercising (running, biking, kayaking), I'm making up for a lot of time stuck inside this winter. One of my major motivations is coming up this weekend! I am participating in the Cohasset Triathlon, my very first one. I've acquired a bike, rented a tri wetsuit, and have been swimming/biking/running like mad so I think I'm ready! I can't wait and will definitely report back here when it's over.
Watch out, sharks
Today was my first day in the ocean with a wetsuit! I rented one from Tri Wetsuit Rentals which sent it in plenty of time to get a few practice sessions in. I've been taking swim lessons with Kate from Portside Athletics but it was very different doing the quarter mile swim in the ocean versus the pool!
The bike portion of the race is 12 somewhat hilly miles so I've been practicing that too. It helps that it is a particularly gorgeous route. 

For running I've just been doing my usual 2-3 miles once or twice a week. I did a speed workout last weekend (one mile warm up, one mile on the track sprinting the straight 100s and jogging the turns, one mile cool down) and it felt great (while also kicking my ass).

It's supposed to rain on Sunday but I'm feeling ready. What are you training for this summer??

#Instagram Round-up: May 2015

While April was the month that kicked my $%&, May was a breath of fresh air. I caught up on so many things I had on the back burner for ages and had several great shoots as well. Boat time, road races, gardening, BEE KEEPING (more on this later...), and spending as much time outside as possible. So happy that summer is finally here!!!

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?

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.

#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?

Snow Day in Cohasset

To most New Englanders, a snowy day in January is nothing to get excited about. This was the first big one we have had since I moved to Cohasset though and I just couldn't help myself! It transformed the landscape I've started getting used to into something new entirely.

With more snow expected this week, more photos may be coming soon! Or I may just stay inside and stay warm...

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!

The New Studio

Here it is! My current set-up at the new studio in Cohasset. Lots of bright wooden beams and natural light. I just realized since this photo was taken I've set up a little make-up station in the corner and added a table and clothing rack too. A couch will be coming at some point and then we'll be all set! Ready to check it out in person? I'd love to have you over! :)

Instagram Round-Up: Fall

It's been a while since I did one of these, huh?! Here's a sampling of what's been going on around here this fall- porch decorating, Halloweening, figuring out how to work the heating system in the new house, photo shootin', farm-to-table dinners, beach walks, Indian summer days, cheering at the New York City Marathon, etc. Looking forward to what the rest of the season brings!

How has your fall been so far?

Where I've Been and Where I'm Going

I know I've been quiet on this blog this summer but I'm finally ready to tell you why- I've been dealing with finances, insurance companies, mortgage lenders and fun stuff like that because *drumroll please* we bought a house! It's amazing how much of your free time that takes up but we're finally near the end and closing next week (!!!) so I decided it was safe enough to announce it.

The move is not without some sadness as I will be leaving the city I've been a resident of all my life. We are moving to Cohasset which is 20 miles south on the coast (not on the Cape, not in Rhode Island, as some people have asked me) so I won't be going far. If you're wondering why we chose this area, I will show you this map which is the walking distance from our house to one of the prettiest beaches in the area:
Other than the beach, the main reason this property appealed to me is what is behind the house- a beautiful, relatively new carriage house/barn/garage (the house was built in 1870 but the barn was just built 10 years ago). It gets gorgeous light and has an open layout so I'm turning it into a studio! It's move-in ready, all I need is some gear and I'll be ready to start shooting-
There's a cupola up there too which you can only get to my climbing that ladder/post in the middle.

The back yard which has some fruit trees and a little orchard. Looking forward to shooting here too!
The creek behind the barn. You better believe we'll be getting some kayaks asap.
Roses next to the house
So that's my news! While I'm sad to be leaving Boston, I'm beyond excited to start exploring the South Shore and spending more time doing outdoor activities. I'd love to hear any recommendations for things to do or places to see in the area if you happen to know any! Stay tuned for updates, I can't wait to start sharing more when we are all moved in and setting up the place.

How has your summer been? Any big things on the horizon?