Monday, April 18, 2016

#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

Friday, April 15, 2016

#BostonMarathon Runner Story: Will DiTullio for the Bill Belichick Foundation

When I first started photographing Boston Marathon runners, Will DiTullio was one of the first people who volunteered to share his story. Will had been a mile short of finishing the 2013 marathon when the bombs went off at the finish line where his family was waiting for him (and fortunately were not hurt). He's been running every year since and this year he is one of six runners raising money for the Bill Belichick Foundation.
Knowing Will is an avid sports fan, I thought this was really cool but it turns out there's more meaning to why he's so eager to run for this team. In 2009, Will's mom passed away from complications of Type I Diabetes. His father (also a huge Pats fan) was so grief stricken that Will decided to send an email to Bill Belichick asking him if he'd reach out to his dad as a way to try to cheer him up. And he did! He wrote a letter expressing his condolences and thanking him for his support as a fan which meant a lot to Will and his family. So this year Will is running for his foundation and he's raised over $11,000 so far. How awesome is that?!
Check out this CBS news feature on Will's story and donate to his fundraising efforts here: www.crowdrise.com/billbelichickboston2016/fundraiser/willd

Congrats Will and good luck on Monday!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

#FitMom Talks: Kerri Thomas of Orangetheory Fitness

It's the beginning of the month and I have another awesome FitMom to share with you (to see more from this series, click here)! And now - meet Kerri!
Tell us a little about yourself and your business: 
My name is Kerri Thomas and I am the Regional Fitness Director and Trainer for Orangetheory Fitness. My husband and I are working on starting a stroller run club in the greater Boston area starting this May! More information to follow. Nevin is our son and he will be 7 months on April 20.
photo courtesy of Kerri Thomas
How long of a maternity leave were you able to take before you started to work (and workout!) again? 
I took 12 weeks off for my leave, starting 1 week before I delivered. I stopped training classes 2 weeks before my due date and worked out up to the day before I delivered.

I had a quick and relatively easy delivery so I started going for 2+ mile walks the day after we came home from the hospital, and then started with shorter body weight circuits at home around 4 weeks postpartum. At 6 weeks I tried to do a box jump (not smart) and nearly face planted as my hips were still separated and the pain I felt was a big eye opener that slowly getting back into things was needed even for me.

Also, I was a pretty avid runner before, and that was the only thing that was too uncomfortable for me to do while I was pregnant. I had awful ligament pains in my lower abdominal area, so it's been TOUGH running again after almost a year!

How did that schedule/routine look different from before baby?Well... My schedule was jam packed with working out before Nevin! Work and working out were basically my top two priorities as I was about to start training for a marathon the week I found out I was pregnant. 
Did your fitness outlook and goals change after becoming a mom? If so, how?
Absolutely! Your whole life and priorities shift or change after you have a baby, or at least mine did. I'm a HUGE goals person, and the goals I had before Nevin were more personal when it came to my health and fitness. Now, my fitness and health goals take on a whole new meaning as I want to be a role model for my son, not just a "fit mom". A very important goal of mine working in fitness is to inspire every person I meet to be the strongest and healthiest version of themselves, my son will be one of those people!

What is the biggest challenge you've found in working and being a mom?When you love what you do, your "work/life balance" doesn't seem to be an issue, right? This was me! I was always working and didn't really think about it twice. Now, time management is something I am working on a lot. When I'm at work I'm working more efficiently and I'm minimizing the amount of work I do on my days off, other than when Nevin is sleeping. So, most of my emails go out after 9PM :) I still work full-time, with some days being at 2+ locations or some weeks working some part of every day, but I feel as though I am home much more and when I am home it's quality time.

The real challenge I found when going back to work is not so much my work/mom balance, but the work/working out or going out/mom balance. When I was on maternity leave, I didn't feel guilty and craved getting out to get a workout done or go out with friends. Now working, I have a hard time being away from Nevin for personal time as I'm already away for work. It's something I'm sure all working parents face, and have started to put a schedule together that has helped me figure this out and not miss his face too much!

What is your favorite fitness-related activity to do with your son (either one-on-one or as a family)?In the fall, Mike and I used to go for longer walks with Nevin and then stop at the HS track or a big hill to do a workout with Nevin typically sleeping. The winter has been tough to incorporate Nevin into our workout routines but we've taught him some great pushup and sit-up to stand exercises! But what's been really great as the weather is getting warmer and Nevin has now developed strong enough head and body control, is we are starting to jog with him in the stroller (if you are a runner you need a BOB stroller). We are excited to get some hikes done as a family this spring!

To follow Kerri on her adventures in fitness and motherhood, check her out on instagram at @kjfitchick. Thanks for chatting with me, Kerri! 

Monday, March 14, 2016

#Instagram Round-up: February 2016

Ok so I know it's halfway through March but here's my Instagram round-up for February! February brought some snowy, cold days but not nearly as many as last year (whew!). I also posted some warm and sunny throwback photos and even my big announcement. :)

How was your February and what do you have on tap for March?

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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.

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

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

#FitMomTalks: Gina Fay of DanceFIT Studio

I'm so excited to share a new feature on the blog with you! When I found out I was expecting my first baby this spring, I immediately turned to my mom friends for any and all wisdom they had to share. I realized I'm lucky to know so many moms in the fitness community who are kicking ass at their jobs, some even owning their own businesses, and figuring out how to be super moms as well.

I thought it would be fun (and hopefully inspiring!) to share their stories and any advice they have on the blog in a regular feature called "FitMoms." Our first FitMom is Gina Fay, business owner and mom of three, who I've known and admired for years. Here's what she had to share:
Tell us a little about yourself and your business: 
Hi! Lucie, thank you for asking me to be a part of this special blog series! I am Gina, the owner/founder of danceFIT Studio with locations in Brookline, Natick and a virtual fitness studio which I started 6 years ago.

A little bit about danceFIT, without turning this blog into a marketing piece, but my business is first and foremost a very special dance studio for children. We present classical ballet & technique in a friendly welcoming environment. Second, my Natick studio offers a variety of adult barre and fitness classes like pound, zumba, balletFIT, bootcamp, pilates with props, deep stretch and our very popular class hot barre (which you got to experience!) 6 years ago, I launched a virtual fitness studio from my living room. I taught from home and my clients stayed home. It seemed so strange at first, but the community grew and grew and grew, and now we offer 20+ group virtual fitness classes per week, and we have had clients from 5 countries and 23 states. I am also co-founder of bvirtualstudio in which I train other boutique barre, yoga and pilates studios how to “bvirtual.”

My hubby and I live in Wayland MA, a suburb west of Boston. We have three amazing children, Joey (6), Tommy (5) and Maggie (6 months). The boys love baseball, football, walkie talkies, ninjas, legos and playing outside. Maggie loves crinkly paper, peas, cuddling with daddy, stuffed animals and watching her crazy brothers.
photo courtesy of Gina Fay
How long of a maternity leave were you able to take before you started to work (and workout!) again?
I taught up until I went into labor, 3 days after my due date [with Maggie]. I kept a pretty full teaching schedule, but the last month teaching balletFIT cardio was just impossible. The amount of pas de chats, chasses and stamina needed for the class just wasn’t working with the big belly ;) I loved teaching pregnant, though....I even scheduled a virtual class on my due date called "labor inducing danceFIT," haha. I still couldn’t dance her out! I put myself back on the schedule 3 weeks after Maggie arrived. I think it was similar after the boys were born too. I started working out and dancing when my body felt ready; I couldn’t wait for the first workout, which was very humbling, ha. I started by teaching virtual classes and then finally was back in the studio at 6 weeks.
How did that schedule/routine look different from before baby?
I am actually trying to think back more than 6 years ago to my workout routines before kids- that feels forever ago! I taught 5+ classes a day, 7 days a week. Chris (my hubby) and I would spend our “free” time being active...walking around the city, running, and riding our bikes. Now our “free” time is collapsed on the couch, drinking coffee, meal prepping, grocery shopping, fun trips with the kids, sporting events and family walks. Thank goodness for our virtual studio which allows me to make dinner, nurse Maggie, tuck everyone in, teach class from my living room and then relax on the couch after.

Did your fitness outlook and goals change after becoming a mom? If so, how?
Before kids, I would workout and dance to lose weight, flatten my tummy, get ready for summer, etc. Now I workout to de-stress, sweat and stretch. Growing a baby, having a baby and caring for a baby definitely changed the shape of my body. I can try tirelessly to get it back, or I can embrace the new shape & stretch marks and get as fit and strong as I can with the minimal time I have left for me at the end of the day. I treat my workouts as a “break” and really enjoy them. I love the feeling of being drenched in sweat from ballet jumps and sequences, my legs shaking like jello from an intense balletFIT class and my abs sore from pilates!
What is the biggest challenge you've found in running a business and being a mom?
This is such a good question because owning a business has actually been one of the best things about being a mom. I am able to make my own schedule to work around my kids schedules. The biggest challenge though is not being able to “turn work off.” I am trying to disconnect more and be more present at home, but there are so many things to think about when you own a business. I love when I can bring my kids to work. At DanceFIT, I host infant/ mom playdates, baby wearing balletFIT and kids dance and yoga nights for the boys and their friends! We have more fun events like this coming up.

What is your favorite fitness-related activity to do with your kids (either one-on-one or as a family)?
We love water sports! Water skiing (which I am bad at, but love!), paddle boarding, swimming. We also love going on walks.

Thank you Gina!

More info about Gina and her studios - 
locations: 25 monmouth street, brookline ma 02446 | 721 worcester street, natick ma 01760
twitter: @dFITstudio
instagram: @dancefitstudio

Monday, February 22, 2016

Brunch + Burn with Trillfit (@makeittrill)

In January I was invited to check out a fitness event that sounded just too good to turn down - a wellness day party (or "Brunch + Burn") with TRILLFIT, a new workout party popping up all over Boston, created by Heather White and DJ Nick Bishop. The event was held on Sunday Jan 31 at the Hotel Commonwealth and featured a yoga class, a hip-hop inspired signature workout, and then brunch! Plus a few extra goodies like beauty treatments, health consultations, and of course a photo booth. How fun does that sound?!
The yoga class was lead by Sanaa Jaman (aka @LadyDork) and was a perfect combination of relaxing and invigorating. Her cues were helpful and the poses were challenging without being too strenuous. After yoga, we did the signature workout which was basically one big dance party (and made me miss the Zumba classes I used to take in the North End!). The class was taught by professional dancer Melisa Valdez whose energy was totally infectious. I loved the music too (a big focus of Trillfit) which made it even better. Workouts that are hard, sweaty AND fun are the best, am I right?
After getting our sweat on we were treated to an awesome brunch including different juices, fruit, a trail mix bar, and these awesome gruyere egg sandwiches. Yum! Oh and on the way out we got some cool swag in gift bags. Overall, it was an extremely well-produced event and fantastic way to spend a Sunday morning. I highly recommend checking out the next Trillfit event! Details on their website or contact Heather for more info - info@trill.fit.

Have you tried any new classes lately?

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope you're somewhere warm and cozy on this chilly Valentine's Day. Here's a photo from a recent shoot I did for ivivva Derby Street with the Webb's Pro Fitness Tornadoes swim team. For part of the shoot, the girls were making valentines with things they loved about themselves written on them. It was priceless!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

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!


Thursday, February 4, 2016

#Instagram Round-up: January 2016

I love how 2016 started out. I had a quiet month compared to December so I was able to take some time, regroup, look back at the past year and start making plans for the new one. I also had some fun revisiting shoots from the fall and sharing some favorite shots to instagram. I am so lucky to work with so many amazing people!

Cheers to 2016 and all that it brings. What are you looking forward to this year?