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

Back on the Golf Course for a Pink Cause

For the record, I know nothing of golf.  I can rock a putt putt course, but I’ve never hit a ball on an actual golf course.  This event marked my second golf outing in a 4 week period, so I feel like I should know golf, but no. Nope. Nada. No golf for this girl.  I do however enjoy riding around in the golf carts and absorbing golfer’s etiquette all whilst taking pictures of the game.komen welcomeLike all of the other Komen events, the Pink Ribbon Classic supports breast cancer research. And while I didn’t spend my day with any clowns at this event, I did surround myself with some pretty awesome, friendly people in pink.  Plus, my Josie girl was the Honorary Chair for the event, so it wasn’t like I was going to say no.  I love the Cincinnati Komen ladies!Josie and I

Please enjoy!Komen Golf

The event was held at the Heritage Club in Mason, Ohio.  Registration opened at 11am; as did the raffles and silent auctions!Komen RegistrationraffleauctionAlongside the raffle prizes and silent auction items, golf participants had the option to purchase mulligans (DEFINITION HERE<-see, I can sound like I know what I’m talking about, but no) and balloons!  I love a good balloon release.balloons12:30pm marked the balloon release and the beginning of the golf portion of the of the golf event.release And so began my challenge: to capture all of the foursomes on the golf course before the game’s end. With the help of my partner in crime for the day (meet Sam,) WE WON (and with time to spare!)  Boy was it HOT and sunshiny!  I actually burned on my right side.  Love those split tans.  Better than the farmers, IMO.Sam and IAlongside the actual golf game, participants were also invited to try their hand at some other skill challenges: Putting Contest, Hit the Banner, Buy a Pro, Closest to the Line, etc…golf

Putt challenge

Following the main event, guests were invited back into the clubhouse to revisit the raffles, silents auctions and additional giveaways.

The evening favorites appeared to be the Champagne Raffle (buy a flute of champagne and match your number to win a diamond ring.) Bling!champaignAnd the Party Wagon!  Lot’s of alcohol in that wagon.  The raffle tickets for this one were given based on one’s arm length; which entertained me quite a bit.liquorAnd because I do enjoy hanging out with the Komen people, here is a collection of these beautiful individuals!Komen peepsOh! And did I mention the food at this event?  Like all of it?   YUMM-O!foodies dessertAnd what Komen event would be complete without THE pink fire engine?!pink truckSo, there you have it.  The next (and my most favoritest) Komen event is just around the corner!  Photographing the Race for the Cure is beyond explanation.  The best I can do is to simply say that I LOVE it!  If you are interested in participating this year, you can sign up by following this link.  <<<— Do it.  You know you want to!

Race for the Cure is Coming

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Two weeks from today is the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Cincinnati.  This will be my second year photographing the event and I am beside myself with excitement.  My mother is a 10 year+ breast cancer … Continue reading