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Monday, October 5, 2015
Monday, September 21, 2015
Over the summer I was a guest on a local cable access show, Point and Shoot, hosted by photographer Susan Hagstrom. Susan interviews other photographers in the area, discusses their process with them, reviews some of their work, and then gets video of them in action. We shot the video at the cable studio in Hingham and then on location at my studio and in my yard. It was really fun! I was nervous but I've been told I don't look like I am in the video. :)
Check it out and let me know what you think!
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
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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Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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-
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-
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.
|Aruba Marriott Resort|
|Curacao Marriott Beach Resort|
|last night sunset selfie in Curacao|
What are you looking forward to this fall?
Friday, August 21, 2015
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!|
|one of "our girls" carrying pollen back to the hive on her legs|
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?
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
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....
Friday, August 7, 2015
Marshfield-Duxbury Tri, - 1/4 mile swim, 11 mile bike ride, 3 mile run. I had done a lot of training leading up to the day and felt as prepared as I could be which helped my confidence but I didn't sleep that well the night before (damn subconscious anxiety!). I had packed everything I was going to bring the night before which was super helpful. Luckily I still got up on time and made it to the beach by 6:30am. The transition area was already packed with bikes and gear:
The bike was 11 miles and while I felt totally prepared and confident, it was my weakest event. I came in almost dead last. This made the ride pretty disheartening, watching so many people wiz by. If I heard one more "passing on your left" I thought I'd explode. I'm definitely going to work on biking more and also investigating a better racing bike since mine is just a hybrid/hand-me-down. Better than nothing for my first tri of course!
The run was... well, it went fine but it was 3 miles entirely on the beach. I've never run that far on the beach and even with the packed sand, it was a totally different experience than I'm used to. I always try to pick it up at the end and it was just not possible - the sand was so loose at the finish line, I was tripping all over my feet and just trying not to fall! It was gorgeous and sunny and, I would say, visually entertaining to run on the beach but my time definitely suffered. I refused to walk however, no matter how tempting it was at times.
My overall time was 1:37:42.8, 336 out of 374 overall, and 24 out of 34 in my age division. Like always, somewhere in the first third of the race, I swore to myself "never again" and now I'm already thinking ahead to the next tri I could do. I've heard these things are addictive! Overall, it was a really fun, exhilarating, well-run event (thanks to Streamline Events for this) and I would highly recommend signing up for one if you get a chance.
|Photo courtesy of Gameface Media|
|Throwing myself across that finish line. Photo courtesy of Gameface Media|
Next post: prepping, what I wore, and race day advice, coming soon.
Have you ever done a triathlon? What did you think?
Thursday, August 6, 2015
I don't know where this recipe originated but it's been my go-to for a while now. While I do love a good fruit and berry smoothie every once in a while, this one is more of a cookie batter variety, if you will. It's easy, delicious, and extremely flexible with all kinds of potential add-ins. Plus it has a lot of protein (give or take around 25g). Bonus!
Easy Post-Workout Morning Smoothie
1 handful spinach (around 1 cup. Go nuts, you won't taste it)
2 scoops vanilla protein powder (my personal favorite is arbonne but a lot of people like Vega and Perfect Fit too)
1 tbsp peanut butter OR almond butter
1/2 frozen banana
1 cup almond milk (more or less, depending on how think or thin you like your smoothies) or other milk of choice
That's it! Blend, pour, drink, enjoy. Need some variations? Here are a few I've tried:
-adding 1 tbsp cacao powder
-subbing 1 tbsp coconut oil for the nut butter
-adding 1 tsp maca powder
-swapping kale for spinach
-adding a tbsp or two of coconut flakes
Let me know what you think! What's your favorite smoothie recipe?
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
|biking in the rain can be fun, it turns out|
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!
|definitely wearing my New Balance kicks!|
What are you training for this summer??
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
|note: photo is intentionally blurry. keep reading.|
Team photo of a fantastical scene, with the goal of creating an image that looks more like an album cover for Empire of the Sun than a standard fitness photo. The final product may include a scene with the following elements:
- Cycle instructors riding bikes that are half animal
- TRX instructors swinging TRX straps as if they are weapons (balls and chains)
- The backdrop of an enormous Sun that is eclipsed by Turnstyle's unique "Instructor Halo"
Ummm... ok! I didn't know exactly how this was going to be executed but it sounded like way to much fun to pass up so I said yes. I did some photo illustration back in school which I loved but had not had an opportunity to do since. Rich had seen some of that work and liked it so he knew what I could do (I explained to him that it would not look totally realistic but luckily that was the point!).
So we set to work. I had to figure out all of the elements needed for the photo and collect them. To get the instructors, we set up a shoot at Turnstyle's location in Kendall Square where I shot them individually on a white seamless.
|Turnstyle's Laura Mucci was both model and make-up artist for our shoot|
The animal photos were gathered through stock websites and the background pieces were photos I already had (Swiss Alps!) or I created them in Photoshop (it turns out there are a ton of "Night Sky" Photoshop tutorials online, so freakin' cool).
|custom sky background created in Photoshop|
|remember my trip to Switzerland?|
It finally all came together and they decided to use the image to help promote the launch of their second location at Ink Block in the South End! Are you ready to see the final non-blurry image?? Just click to their website and let me know what you think :)