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#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

#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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Falmouth Road Race Recap, @NewBalance, and Caribbean #Video Shoot

After a fairly quiet July, August seemed like a total whirlwind. It started with the triathlon followed quickly by the Falmouth Road Race, a famously awesome race down on Cape Cod that attracts all kinds of runners including Olympians. I was running for the first time and then was hired by New Balance to cover some of the events throughout the weekend and create some social media content-
The race itself was gorgeous although hot (not surprising for August!). My time was less than stellar but I finished strong and enjoyed the crowds and scenery the whole 7 miles. Best part - the people standing in their yards aiming their hoses and sprinklers at the course; I couldn't have done it without them! At least not without feeling way worse...
After the race, I did another shoot for New Balance (with two Olympic rowers! More on that in another post), packed my bags and headed to the Caribbean to shoot video for my friend Sarah for her #FitInParadise project, filling in for her regular videographer, Rachel. Even though it was work, it was really fun; we were in Aruba and Curacao where I had never been or even knew much about. 90 degrees with a constant cool breeze, turquoise water, soft sand beaches, and stunning sunsets - not a bad work week if you ask me-
Aruba Marriott Resort
Curacao Marriott Beach Resort
last night sunset selfie in Curacao
That trip was followed by a family wedding in CT but I'm home now and looking forward to being in one place for a little while! It's hard to believe it's already September.

What are you looking forward to this fall?

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??

#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?

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!

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!

Happy 2015! and December #Instagram Round-up

I took a much needed work break over the holidays, opting to leave my laptop at home while visiting family in New England and the Midwest. It felt good but now I'm happy to be back and looking forward to a productive 2015!

Here's what December looked like on Instagram:
Special thanks to Hub Health for putting my Instagram account on their "13 Local Instagram Accounts You Should Be Following Now!"

Hope you had a wonderful holiday season! What are you plans for 2015?

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!

Recap from a Boston Marathon 2014 Spectactor


Hello Finish Line!
Marathon Monday was truly a special day. The sun was out, the crowds were animated, there was so much excitement in the air, you could feel it, I swear! I walked from the North End with two friends down to Boylston Street (through two security checkpoints!) and then on to Beacon Street where we settled in at the 40k mark. We got there early enough to see the elites finish and stayed until almost 7pm. There was so much to see, the afternoon really flew by! Here are some of my favorite shots:
Lots of cheers for these guys. 
Rita Jeptoo breaking records, less than two miles from her 3rd Boston win.
Shalane Flanagan flying by.
So proud that American Meb Keflezighi won this year. What a year to win!
My vantage point for most of the day.
My runner buddies! 
I didn't catch as many of my runner friends as I wanted to; it turns out trying to spot 26 people in a crowd of 36,000 is not so easy and the tracking app crashing halfway through did not help. Still managed to spot a few and a couple even spotted me!

We had a few celeb sightings too-
Uta Pippig, 3 time Boston Marathon winner; elite runner Ryan Hall; and Boston's own Joey McIntyre!
Sooo many characters...
Finishing no matter what.
Such a memorable day, I'm so glad I was able to join in with the rest of my city to celebrate this 118 year old tradition! One of the many things that makes this place so damn special.
Did you watch the marathon this year?? I'd love to hear where you were and what you thought!

4 Boston Marathon Handmade Gift Ideas

The Boston Marathon is in 4 days and I could not be more excited to cheer on all 36,000 people running on Monday! With so many Boston Marathon themed items in shops all over the city and online, I wanted to highlight a few handmade goodies I've come across that were inspired by the infamous upcoming race-
This gorgeous 2014 Boston Marathon Print is by my friend Jenn of JHill Design which is part of her Sports Map series. Through April 31, get FREE personalization- just order the personalized print and use code RUN2014 at checkout. Include the year or the runner's time, runner's name and bib number.
Bev Feldman of Linkouture designed this lovely chaimaille bracelet complete with handmade runner charm. Bonus- she's donating 20% of sales of the bracelet to the One Fund!
I discovered this print in a blog post by the designer, Lindsay of Warren Tales, that said she was inspired by my Boston Marathon photo project- I was so flattered! I love the fun font and concept of this marathon route print which she is offering as a 9x16" and as notecards.
Running the marathon? Stop by Old South Church on Boylston Street and get a handmade scarf! The Old South Knitters group started a Marathon Scarf Project this year asking knitters to donate handmade scarves in the BAA yellow and blue for the athletes. As they said on their website, "In this year of Remembrance and Hope, our vision is to wrap each runner in the love poured into stitches of handmade blue and yellow scarves. We promise to wrap runners in your love until all your scarves are distributed."

What are your favorite Boston Marathon finds?

Instagram Round-up: March

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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?

Instagram Round-up: February

And what a long cold month it was! The freezing temps and snow were clearly reflected in my posts for February, there was just no letting up. As much as I dislike the cold, it can be beautiful sometimes! I've also been pretty busy photographing fitness instructors and marathon runners too. Looking forward to some warmer posts soon, how have you been distracting yourself from the cold this winter?!