Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

I don't know about you but I'm thankful for a lot of things this year. For this post, I'll keep it brief and just say I'm thankful for this guy (who can't wait to get into some turkey). 
Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

What I Wore for My First Triathlon

This post is long overdue but hey, better late than never! When I was preparing for my first triathlon this past summer, I did a lot of research online regarding what to wear. There are so many options but I was looking for the bare essentials- what would work well without breaking the bank. Since I found other triathlete's blogs so helpful, I wanted to share what worked for me:
1. Wetsuit: Unless you're competing in the tropics, even in the summer it's a good idea to have a wetsuit (some races require them). For my first triathlon (that got rained out) I rented a suit from Tri Wetsuit Rentals who I'd highly recommend. Quick to respond, good lead time, and you get the suit well before your race so you can try it out a few times. I liked the suit they gave me so when it was time to do the second tri, I bought the same one which is a Zoot Z Force 1.0 Fullsleeve Wetsuit from

2. Swim Cap and Goggles: I brought the swim cap I used during my training with Portside Athletics but I wound up using the one given to use at the race which is color coded for the wave they put you in. My race was in August but if it had been in a colder month, I probably would've worn both for warmth.

3. Sports Bra and Shorts: For me, exercising without a sturdy sports bra is not an option so I opted to wear one under my wetsuit as opposed to a swimsuit. Same for the shorts - I wanted something tight but not too short that I could swim, bike, and run in. I found the right pair at lululemon and it's the same style/fabric as my favorite running crops from there so I figured they would work well (they did!).

4. Nike/Heartbreak Hill Singlet: I love this singlet - it's light, a little long on me (which I like), and perfect to run in. Plus, Heartbreak Hill Running Company is local and I am happy to support them. Since I was already wearing the shorts, all I had to do was toss this baby on and I was ready to ride.

5. Hat and Hand Towel: I had another towel to dry off with but it was handy having a smaller one to wipe my face off quickly. I always run in a hat so I made sure to have this one ready the second I got my helmet off.

6. Backpack: All of these items fit nicely in my North Face backpack, very handy.

7. New Balance Sneakers: Not Pictured (oops). I wore my brand new New Balance Vazee sneaks and they were awesome. I even had a guy yell from the sidelines "nice sneakers!" during the bike portion of the race. Love them.

I didn't wind up wearing the second pair of shorts in the photo, I just didn't find it necessary. Overall, I'm happy with how I packed - light but I had everything I needed and my transition times were pretty short! I definitely credit the extensive planning ahead, trying out the gear, and being prepped and ready to go the morning of the big day.

Have you done any triathlons? What did you wear for them? 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

#Instagram Round-up: October 2015

So many awesome shoots this month mixed in with some family travel (a cousin wedding in Indiana) and of course a beagle photo or two. After the bad weather earlier in the month cleared up, October turned out to be pretty gorgeous! So far, November has been pretty stunning as well. Knock on wood, we're all enjoying it while it lasts...

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

@NewBalance Head of the Charles Photo Shoot

Back in August (on a lovely 95 degree day) I did a quick shoot for New Balance featuring two Olympic rowers modeling attire for NB's Head of the Charles line. The race was a few weeks ago and here are a few of the images that popped up online:

The athletes, Gevvie Stone and Elliot Hovey, were sweltering in the fall-weather outfits but they were good sports about it and we tried to move quickly! It was fun following them up and down the Charles. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Taste Test: A New (Allergy Friendly!) Dessert

Even though I'm lucky enough to not suffer from any food-related allergies, I know a lot of you out there do. Also, I've noticed when I'm feeling my best, it's with a reduced the amount of dairy (and gluten for that matter) from my diet. That makes finding a quality dessert a little tricky (can't eliminate dessert completely, it's just not going to happen!). 

I'm always intrigued when I see seemingly tasty-looking things at the grocery store with "gluten-free" or "lactose-free" labeling - could they really be as good as they look? From what I've tried, a lot of them tend to fall flat. I still find myself trying them though! I've had some success with coconut ice cream (vegan and lactose-free) so I'm definitely more open-minded whenever coconut is involved. Most recently I picked up two boxes of these guys: 
With so many things "missing" from these desserts, I was skeptical but I love salted caramel anything (and who doesn't love chocolate?) so I gave them a whirl. And they were good! Light but still rich and flavorful, I was pleasantly surprised.

Initially a bit icey when I first tried them, I left them out for a few minutes to thaw and that made the difference- the flavor came out a lot more and were a little more creamy. I especially liked the salted caramel!
Ready to try them out for yourself? I found these at Star Market but check here for availability in your area (and a coupon!): Incredible Innovations

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Incredible Innovations®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Group Fitness Photography in Boston's South End

It's always fun to photograph group fitness, especially this gorgeous time of year. I recently did a photo shoot with trainer Chris Carreiro at a park where he regularly holds bootcamp-style classes. He brought a whole crew to help him out with the photos and their energy was infectious! Not only were they supporting Chris by being in the shoot but they cheered each other on the whole time I was photographing the exercises. It was a blast! Here are some of the finished results:

 I can't wait to see the final results on the website when it's all put together. Thanks for a great shoot, Chris! You're a lucky guy to have such awesome clients. :)

Trainer: Chris Carreiro
Produced by: patientMoon Wellness Marketing
Location: South End, Boston, MA

Monday, October 5, 2015

#Instagram Round-up: September 2015

 Whoa, September! What a gorgeous month (as opposed to October so far...). I did so many fun things from working on a cookbook in Mattapoisett to photographing some really awesome women (and a few kiddos too!) to doing some hiking to hanging out with friends at the New Balance "Girls Night Out" event in Boston. It was so great to spend so much time outside during these last warm days of fall.
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Photographing Runners and Athletes: My Interview on Point and Shoot

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: 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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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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?