My Very Pink Day 2014

Sunday, September 14th was the 17th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Cincinnati.  And I was back with my camera gear, my booth, my pink hair, and a team of talented photographers. eftp boothThis year saw a few changes: the date was moved to a Sunday; the 10K competitive run and the kids’ run were both canceled; and the event was relocated to Coney Island.  Don’t get me wrong, I love photographing that pink sea of people covering Freedom Way, but this location added a bit of whimsy to it.

This event was also a little more challenging for me.  Along with the venue change and the usual last minute alterations, this was my first big gig after maternity leave, and it followed my sister in-law’s wedding the night before. Late night of party fun! (Congratulations, Annye and Zeke!)

I was lucky enough to have a team of 9 photographers this year!Photog TeamLet me repeat that… 9 wonderfully busy humans donated their Sunday morning to capturing this awesome event!  Not only were there 9 of us photographing this event; Jill, my favorite henna artist and friend (see my Henna for Heroines post) offered up free henna at my booth.  AND, my Grandma also came out to hold down the fort and man the EfyP booth.  Basically, I was surrounded by amazingly generous individuals.  The 5:30am wake-up call was not so bad.hennaSo, if you’ve never attended one of these events (or read my previous Komen posts,) the morning starts with registration and the opening of the Expo.  The ‘Expo’ encompasses sponsor and vendor booths, kids activities, food at the Komen Kafe, etc.  This is where people can personalize back signs “In Celebration of…” and “In Memory of…”  And most all booths have fun takeaways (knick-knacks to takeaway and keep,) so of course I like to join in on the fun.  I had my safety pin ribbons, made lovingly by hand while watching Game of Thrones; and new this year (and a very last minute addition,) a photo booth, sans the back drop!  I made the props myself (I’m kinda proud of my glue gunning skills -no burns!)propsback signsAfter you worm your way through the Expo area, you make your way to the Main Stage, which was next door to the Start Line this year.  The Main Stage holds Jeff and Jenn from the Jeff and Jenn Morning Show on Q102, general event announcements, check presentations, work-out/warm-up instructors, and performances.  As the morning progresses, the area is gradually filled in with breast cancer survivors, friends, family, runners, walkers, and media types.media mainAt 8:45am, the first gun shot is fired, triggering the 5K competitive run.comp runFollowing the competitive runners, the 5K run/walkers line up at the Start Line, and my short self is finally hoisted above the crowd in a baby scissor lift.  At 9:20am the shot gun pops and the 5K run/walk begins.startAs people start their journeys, Jeff and Jenn announce the teams and team signs as they pass by.  “Bailey’s Brigade,” “Team Carol,” “Team Grandma,” “Kellie’s Believers,” “Peace Out Cancer,” “Team CANcervive,” “Connie’s Crusaders,” “Walking with Double D,” “Team Diana,” “Burke Team of Hope,” “Jan’s Rack Pack,” “Patti’s Posse,” etc….

After people make their way through the balloon-marked start line, I make my way to the Finish Line, which is already receiving the competitive runners.  (This is my favorite part of the day.)

At the final stretch of the 5K, the Finish Line forks.  “Survivors on the left,” The New 94.9’s Jay Kruz is joined by a whole bunch of energetic cheerleaders to welcome the survivors as they finish their race.  After the people in pink (this is a man’s disease as well) make their way through the paparazzi (teehee,) Kruz with his microphone, and the cheering cheerleaders, they are handed pink carnations and rejoined by their family and friends.FINISHFollowing the run/walk, event participants are invited to attend the Celebration of Hope ceremony to honor survivors at the Main Stage.  Q102’s Brian and Laura host the event and invite select survivors to the stage.  This is followed by the annual Survivor Group Photo and a performance of “Amazing Grace.”  And if the performance doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, the dove release just might do it.Celebration of Hope www.efyphoto (54) ceremonyFrom there, some people filter home; while others stay behind to ride some Coney Island rides.

funAnd then the rest of us went home…

THANK YOU AGAIN! to the wonderful photographers that made themselves available to help capture this event. And to Jill with Jaiswal Design, for her amazing henna artistry. They are all kind, local, and incredibly talented individuals!GroupPlease check them out!

All race images can be found at: www.eclecticallyforyou.com/komen/race2014

My PINK Saturday

My Saturday began at 4:30am with a pick through my pink hair, a pair of pink Strawberry Shortcake knee-high socks, pink capris, pink earrings, nose ring, pink mascara, pink eye shadow, and a purple team shirt.  PINK overkill?  Nah.  Just the perfect look for a perfect day at an amazing event.MeSaturday, September 14th marked my 3rd year photographing the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. I shoot for all of the survivors, their family and friends; but most importantly to  honor my Mom, a 13 year breast cancer survivor.  I take great pride in what I do and I love that I have the ability to share it with so many people.

Each year, I am joined by other local photographers that are awesome enough to donate their time and talent to covering this HUGE event.  This year, I had the privilege of working with these 4 amazing individuals: Sarah R. of Sarah Anne Photography, Samantha G. of SJG Photography, Lisa H. of Hezlep Photography, and Adam G. of Gabbard Photography.

L-R: Angie, my camera and human wrangler, Lindsey (me,) Sarah, Samantha, Lisa, and Adam.
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Not only did I have a great shooting team to work with, but I was fortunate to have my Grandma K. graciously manning my booth space for a 3rd year.

And if that wasn’t enough, my favorite henna artist, Jill Jaiswall hung out at my booth too; offering up some free henna to race participants.Jaiswal DesignPrior to all the running and walking, people congregated around the GABP for some breakfast at the Komen Kafe, takeaways throughout the sponsor expo, and a Jazzercize warm-up on the main stage.gabpThis year’s event consisted of a 10K run (8am,) a 5K run/walk (9am,) and a 2K family fun walk (9:30am.)10KTHIS is the 5K crowd and THESE images do not do this crowd justice.
(And the purple shirt with the cutest kid in the world on his shoulders… those are my boys.)5kDid I mention that I love making new friends?MaddieThe route took participants across and along the Ohio River, via two bridges and along the Newport Levy.race routeawesomeAll culminating at my absolute favorite shooting spot… the finish line.finishAnd if I could post all 700+ images from that spot on this blog, I would. (But, for those that do want to check out ALL of those finish line shots, I offer up this link.) The smiles, tears, hugs and high-fives were never-ending.  And I do not lie, my human wrangler, Angie has to drag me, kicking and screaming from the finish line every year to make the next deadline in the stadium.

So, what happens inside the Great American Ball Park, you ask?  First, the kids take to the field (well, the brown dirt part around the field) for the Annual Kids Fun Run!kidsAnd then, every year Komen gets a group shot of all of the survivors in a creative way.  For the 2nd year in a row, this magic was created in the stands (baseball is apparently still happening.)  CureAnd along with the group photo, survivors and guests are entertained by performers and speakers.Celebration of Hope (166) speakerThe speakers are amazing. The performances are amazing. The crowd is amazing. The survivors are amazing.  And the entire day (though it is over before noon) is beyond amazing and I cannot wait for next year.

And if you were at the race and would like to find yourself in the crowd OR if you would just like to see all the fun that was missed, please visit my website for the complete collection of images from the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 2013.

I will end this post with a series of photographer action shots. action❤ Lindsey

SGK: Color Me PINK! 2013

So, last Saturday was a fun time! Color ExplosionApril 27th was Kings Island‘s grand opening AND Susan G. Komen’s first ever color run!  The official name for the event is Color Me PINK! and it was held at Kings Island on Saturday morning, before the park officially opened it’s gates for the season.

Once again, I teamed up with some amazing local photographers to provide complete coverage along the entire 5K, powder-filled race route…

Registration opened up at 6am.  It was early and I was caffeine-free and a wee-bit delayed (totally left my memory cards for the back up camera at home.)sunriseearlyThe race officially started at 7am with the release of the first “wave” of runners.  There were 6 (maybe 7) waves total; which were released on a 10 minute interval.runstart lineThe race route started in the parking lot, just outside of Boomerang Bay.  From there, the runners were lead into the park and routed through the Action Zone, which holds some pretty awesome rides: Delirium, Face-Off, and Drop Zone.

The Action Zone also marked Color Station 1: Pink!pinkStation 1: PINK images provided by Max Kimmich Photography

From there, the runners were lead through Oktoberfest and the Coney Mall area, which is home to the Racer, Vortex, Firehawk and Flight of Fear.coney mallConey Mall images provided by Myndee Griffin Photography

The Eiffel Tower and Color Station 2: YELLOW came next.yellowStation 2: YELLOW images provided by Sarah Anne Photography

And after the pelting from the Pink and Yellow teams, the runners journeyed over to Rivertown, home of the 2 best coasters in the park: Diamondback and the Beast.

Nestled in between the tracks, sat Color Station 3: Green.greenColor Station 3: Green images provided by Stevens Photography

Anyone else craving rainbows now, or is that just me?

After a jog through the woods, the race participants came to Color Station 4: RED.redColor Station 4: Red images provided by Foto Life

And finally, after Color Station 4, the color-covered runners raced through Boomerang Bay waterpark and under the big, inflatable, pink Susan G. Komen finish line marker.finish lineAlong with bananas and drinks at the finish line, the participants were handed powder packets in preparation for the big color explosion finale(s). explosionjumpThe color explosions were timed for every 20 minutes until every person had their opportunity to participate and gain that extra color coating.  groupsBoth Q102 (Brian Douglas) and Fox 19 (Frank Marzullo and Tracey Johnson) broadcast live from the event.  The Fox 19 crew managed to escape the powder for one segment.  By the second, they joined in on the colorful fun.  And it was awesomely unexpected. fox 19And then it was our turn.  And by our turn, I mean mine and Max’s (everyone else grabbed their cameras and took a step back.) montageLindsey Vs. Max images provided by: Sarah Anne Photography

We had a blast making some new friends…

This dude.  Yeah, I called him the Red Pixie.  Covered head-to-toe in red, he snuck up behind people and “secretly” powdered them. red pixieSo, naturally…Lindsey and the pixieAll in all, the day was awesome.  The event was awesome.  And the team was awesome!  I am still finding powder in my car, but it was well worth it.

Sending out a HUGE Thank You! to all of my teammates!
(left to right: Pamela Stevens, Lindsey Driscoll, Sarah Richardson, Myndee Griffin, David Abad, and Angie Hamm)teamAnd also Max Kimmich (not pictured above.)max

And also a big Thank You! to the Susan G. Komen people for inviting me back to capture all of the fun!

ALL of the day’s images will be available on my website at: www.eclecticallyforyou.com/Events/Color-Me-PINK-2013/

If you have any questions about any of the photographers, images, etc. please feel free to contact me! eclecticallyforyou@gmail.com

Natalie’s 6th Annual Fly Thru the Park 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, July 14th was Natalie’s Fly Thru the Park 5K run/walk event at Miami Meadows Park, in Miami Township/Milford, Ohio.  We were in desperate need of rain, and of course that much needed rain came Saturday morning, along with all of Natalie’s supporters, volunteers, joggers and walkers. This year makes 6 for this fundraising event and marked my 2nd time photographing it.  Usually the event occurs in conjunction with the Midsummer at Miami Meadows festival, but due to a lack of funds, the carnival had been cancelled for the year.
(Btw, if you are a Milford/Miami Township resident and you have any suggestions to provide for a possible festival next year, please contact: Mary Makley Wolff, Miami Township trustee, mary.wolff@MiamiTwpOh.gov)

Not only was I honored to be invited back to cover the event, but I was also acknowledged as a Gold sponsor, which I am completely overjoyed by.So, who is Natalie and what does her event support, you ask?
Natalie was a little girl who lost her life during an ice storm in 2007.  She was only 9 years old, but was quite the budding philanthropist.  According to her parents, family, friends and her diary, she had big plans for the charities and organizations that mattered most to her.

To honor her memory, her parents, David and Melisa Fossier created the Natalie Fossier Memorial Fund.  They hold fundraisers every year to raise money for local causes.  Some  of the organizations that receive these donations are: the Clermont County Humane Society, McCormick Elementary School, local nursing homes and a scholarship fund for the Milford School District.  In addition to the annual Fly Thru the Park run/walk event, they also host a silent auction.

To see all of the images from this year’s Fly Thru the Park event, please visit my website under the “EfyP Events” tab or simply click on this link. (20% of all print sales will go to the Natalie Fossier Memorial Fund.)

  • For more information on the Fossiers and to read Natalie’s story, please visit the memorial site that they have created: natalie-fossier.memory-of.com
  • The Fossiers in the News: Milford Community Press and WCPO
  • You can also “Like” their newly created Facebook page under “Natalie Fossier Memorial” or click here!
  • If you are a runner/walker and would like to participate, the Fly Thru the Park event is held every July at Miami Meadows Park. Registration will be available on the Natalie Fossier Memorial website.