health

My Favorite Vitamins and a Giveaway! #TheGoodGummy

Even though I try to eat healthy on a regular basis, I'm still always looking out for ways to get more supplements in my diet (even more so for my husband who is not as into fruits and veggies as I am!). When we began talking about starting a family, one of the first things I did was start taking a pre-natal vitamin. The one I chose had all of the good stuff in it that you need - vitamin C, iron, etc - but I found that I had to take it with food (otherwise I felt queasy) and the after taste was not the best.
Then I found SmartyPants Vitamins. In addition to all of the features you look for in a pre-natal vitamin, these ones also have Omega 3 DHA and EPA fish oil for brain health (from sustainable small fish), folate for healthy nervous system development, and Vitamin K2 for calcium regulation and skeletal support.

At first glance, I was surprised when I saw the daily dosage was 6 vitamins per serving. Then I tasted them - they were delicious! Taking 6 per day would not be an issue (although restricting myself to 6 might be...). They are sweet and tangy which satisfied several cravings I've had throughout my pregnancy to boot. No yucky aftertaste AND you don't need to take them with food as there are no queasy side effects. Bonus.

Another bonus? I gave a sample of the Men's Complete vitamin to my husband...and he loved them. He immediately asked me to find out where I can get more. I was psyched to find not only the perfect pre-natal vitamin for myself but a daily vitamin that he would take (and enjoy) as well.

Have I talked them up enough? Here's your chance to win a 30 day supply of your own! Just enter below and a winner will be drawn at random on March 18. Can't wait? Purchase your gummies right on Amazon!


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Giveaway Rules: One winner will be selected via the Rafflecopter widget. Open to US residents 18 years of age or older.

Good luck!

*while I did accept product and a small compensation for this post, all opinions are 100% my own. 

Selling Stock with Aurora Photos (@Aurora_Photos)

www.auroraphotos.com
One area of photography I've always wanted to dive into is stock photography. What exactly is stock? Stock photography is the supply of photographs, which are often licensed for specific uses. It is used to fulfill the needs of creative assignments instead of hiring a photographer directly. I have so much inventory piling up, why not try to put it out there it so someone can use it?

I'm pleased to announce that this summer I signed with Aurora Photos who specializes in "outdoor adventure, healthy and active lifestyle, natureโ€™s beauty, and remote travel to adventure destinations." Perfect fit, right?! I really admire the photographers' work they have on their site and I'm so psyched to be a part of this collective. 

Want to see more? Here's what I have up (so far!) up at Aurora- Lucie's Photos

More coming soon!!!

#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?

Fitness Photography: Personal Trainer Camilla

This shoot with personal trainer, Camilla Cantelli Mortensen, was so cool because she was totally open to the dramatic lighting and had the perfect look for it. The Pinterest board she created as inspiration for the shoot had a bunch of striking poses she wanted to try too. Check out these strong, lean photos of Camilla!

Fitness in Boston: Flywheel Never Coasts

There was a lot of buzz last fall when Flywheel swooped into Boston. The NYC-based indoor spin cycling chain with locations all over the US boasted stadium-style seating, energizing soundtracks, custom engineered bikes, free use of cycling shoes, and a "workout that offers a chance to achieve something more."
 I had the chance to take a class when Jessica of Gluten-free Boston Girl organized a class and fitness networking event with Flywheel's regional marketer, Stephanie Rodolico. The class was led by Rachele Pojednic who immediately got the us going with her energy and upbeat music. One of the things Flywheel prides itself on is the choreographed routines created by its instructors. I found this to be very helpful and several times found myself pushing harder because of the beat.
Another cool Flywheel feature- the Torqboards. These are screens above the instructor that occasionally display how everyone in the class is ranking based on their metrics. These metrics- RPMs, torq, speed, power, distance and estimated calories- are also stored in participants' private accounts on the Flywheel website allowing people to set their own goals and monitor progress. Talk about motivating- seeing yourself in last place on the board will definitely make you push yourself harder! It did for me!

Whew! What a workout. I found it challenging- I had a hard time keeping up by the end. That's the beauty of spinning though- only you know how hard you're working (you and the Torqboard...)! No one will yell at you if you feel like you have to slow down sometimes.
photo courtesy of Jessica Dennis
After class attendees also received a gift bag full of goodies from sponsors/donatations: City Sports, PopChips, Kathie's Kitchen Super Seedz, Artisana, Bare Snacks, Au Bon Pain, JP Licks (my fav! Did you know I used to work there??), Healthy Solutions, and Evolution Fresh (who saved me with their water bottles- I forgot mine! Don't make that mistake!).
Thanks to Jessica, Stephanie, Rachele, and Flywheel for offering this event, I loved it! 

Check out Flywheel, located in the Belvedere Arcade in the Prudential Center (800 Boylston Street in Boston). Your first class is free! Woot!

Fitness Photography Projects 2013: A Look Back

Here's a video featuring one photo from each of the projects I was fortunate enough to be a part of this year. So many new friends made and so much fun had in the studio and out and about in Boston. Looking forward to seeing what 2014 will bring!

Check out the rest of my YouTube channel, I'm going to be uploading more videos this year- that can be my resolution!

Barry's Bootcamp is Coming to Boston

Just in time for their grand opening weekend- here are Dustin Martin and Brian Weller, the guys who brought the "best workout in the world"- Barry's Bootcamp - to Boston. The guys wanted some standard head shots and posed photos but they did let me play around with the lighting to get some intense, dramatic shots too. Here's what we came up with-
For more information on classes or to RSVP for the opening night party on Saturday Oct 5, check out their website here- barrysbootcamp.com/boston.

Fitness in Boston: Free Zumba at City Hall Plaza

Here's another free class series to add to your schedule! The Z-Spot, Boston's first Zumbaยฎ studio, is offering free classes at City Hall Plaza. In conjunction with the Boston Moves for Health initiative and Mayor Menino's Fitness in the City series, the Z-Spot crew will be leading hour-long classes starting at 6:30pm on Mondays all summer long.

But it doesn't seem totally accurate to call it a class- it's a scene. From twenty-somethings in workout gear to curious tourists, the crowd is a diverse bunch and includes people of all ages and backgrounds. It even draws an audience-
It's definitely a workout but I've never spent an entire workout laughing like I do during Z-Spot classes. They just have this energy that's infectious and you really can't help but have a good time. New to Zumba? Seasoned veteran? Z-Spot welcomes participants of all levels and abilities. For more information, check out their website and Facebook page. Have fun! :)
Lena Andrade, Z-Spot founder

When: Mondays, 6:30pm
What to Bring: Sneakers, water bottle
Cost: FREE

Fitness in Boston: sweetgreen has Arrived!

Thanks to Lauren Hefez for trying it out with me! 

Fitness and nutrition go hand in hand so I figured it was appropriate to add a healthy restaurant review to this blog feature. Last Tuesday I had the chance to try a new take-out joint on Boylston Street in downtown Boston- sweetgreen. With locations all over the east coast, sweetgreen was founded on the concept of sustainability, sourcing locally, and community impact. All good things but how is the food?...

Turn out- awesome! They have their seasonal salads or you can make your own. I had the misoba salad (added shrimp and sweet potatoes) and then the frozen yogurt (the candied pecan topping is a must). Delicious and filling, I recommend it and think it will be a hit in this town. Check out their website for more info (they also offer a rewards app and online ordering)-

659 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116

Looking forward to going back! Want to join me??