Making Strides 2017

October 28th, 2017 started off as a cold, rainy day; with a little bit of snow mixed in. It was a beautiful day to capture the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, created by the American Cancer Society.

As with previous years, I was joined by several of my friends and colleagues to help me capture the event for the American Cancer Society. And while the day started off really dark, really wet, and really cold, walk participants and volunteers came out in large numbers. There were umbrellas, ponchos, winter coats, hats, gloves, and mittens; along with thousands of people to model them.

Please enjoy some highlights from the day:123456789

To view all images from the Making Strides Walk, please click on the following link:
http://www.eclecticallyforyou.com/acs/strides2017

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A very special THANK YOU! to all of my generous and talented colleagues for helping capture this beautiful day. To learn more about these wonderful people, please check out their work:

Tiffany, TSI Photography
Lisa, Hezlep Photography
Pamela, Stevens Photography
Steven, Steven Kohus Photography
Liz, Liz Lipton-Photography
Melissa, hobbyist
Shelley, hobbyist

Making Strides

This year, I changed things up a smidge. This year I did not cover Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure. And if you have scrolled through my blog or my website, you know that that event was one that I always looked forward to. I missed it. I missed the community and the familiar faces. I missed the atmosphere.

Enter the American Cancer Society and their Making Strides Walk!

Yep. On Saturday, October 24th, I returned to the community that I was missing. At 5am, my alarm was going off, and by 6, I was hitting up Dunkin Donuts for some much-needed coffee with some of the members of my shooting team before heading down to cover another amazing event.

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is held at Yeatman’s Cove in Cincinnati, Ohio. The route takes walkers across 2 bridges and along the Ohio River on both the Ohio and Kentucky sides.

I had the privilege of shooting alongside several area photographers. Some of which had covered events with me previously, and a few new faces joined in on the fun as well. Everyone had a great time and captured some amazing moments!

So, without further adieu, please enjoy some highlights from the day…blog1 blog2 blog3 blog4 blog5 blog6 blog7 blog8 blog9 blog10

The entire image collection from the Making Strides Walk can be found here: http://www.eclecticallyforyou.com/strides2015

Thank you to Carrie, Hannah, and the other amazing individuals at the American Cancer Society that invited my friends and I to cover this awesome event.

And a HUGE THANK YOU!!! to my friends/colleagues that donated their time and talents to helping me capture every nook and cranny of this event!blog11Team Photographers:
Tiffany S. with TSI Photography
Pamela S. with Stevens Photography
Steven K. with Steven Kohus Photography
Kasie F. with Kasie Fisher Photography
Tara F. with Tara Fahlberg Photography
Monica J.
Lindsey D. (that’s me!) with Eclectically for You Photography

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

Race for the Cure 2012

Last Saturday was the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The event is both the largest and the most inspiring event for me to photograph.  This year I teamed up with another 5 photographers, 4 of which are fellow FILM Project photographers.My shooting crew (left to right): Adam Gabbard, Gabbard Photography; Lindsey Driscoll (me,) Eclectically for You Photography; Pamela Stevens, Stevens Photography; Sarah Richardson, Sarah Anne Photography; Amanda Davidson, Amanda Davidson Photography; and Samantha Gunning, SJG Photography

Our morning started around 7am down at the Great American Ballpark and we spidered out from there.

The mainstage provided check presentations as well as the National Anthem, sung by Eben Franckewitz (American Idol.)  Frank Marzullo, from Fox19 acted as MC, along with Jeff and Fritsch from Q102.

8am began the first ever Race for the Cure 10K!  And 9am led the way for the 5K (survivor/family walk.)  Leading the walk, as they’d done many times in the past, were the girls in Pink from Fox19, Sheila Gray, Tricia Mackey, Stephanie Woods, and Katy Morgan.  Once the crowd passed by (which, by the way went down several blocks and wrapped around the corner) we hopped off of the scissor lift and headed straight for the finish line.   This is by far my favorite location to shoot.  The high fives, the tears, the success! Words cannot describe the emotions underneath the big, pink inflatable finish line.  Runners, walkers and survivors were greeted by Jay Kruz with Rewind 94.9, cheerleaders, and bunches of cheering spectators.  Survivors were given medals as they crossed their finish line.

(I don’t normally prefer to show off my backside, but…) I’d like you to meet Josie.  I photographed her last year as she danced in the flash mob.  I met her again this year.  She’s been through it, going through it again and still always with a smile on her face.Photos by: SJG Photography

Immediately following the race, came the Kids for the Cure race inside of the GABP.  The finale is the Celebration of Hope Survivor Ceremony.  Awards are handed out to some of the race finishers, as well as some of the amazing teams and individuals that raised an outstanding amount of money for the cure.  Our MCs for the event were Frank Marzullo with Fox 19, Brian (a fellow Kings alumni and photographer) and Laura from Q102.  Eben also returned to sing “What a Wonderful World” during the balloon release.And for my finale, I climbed onto a knuckle truck (I’m getting pretty good at knowing my lifts) and grabbed some shots of the amazing sea of pink, smiling and waving at me from the stands.  Again, no words…And now you’re thinking, “Seriously, 6 photographers; 19 thousand attendees and that’s all the images you’ve got to post?!”  I have tons, literally TONS of images to go through.  I am working as fast as I can and will have EVERY SINGLE IMAGE posted as soon as possible on my website.  Please check back for new additions: www.eclecticallyforyou.com/Events/Race-for-the-Cure

A special shout-out, hugs and kisses to my mother.  A 12 year breast cancer survivor!  Looking amazing in pink.  Photo by: Amanda Davidson Photography (ground-level)

Big hugs and thank you’s to my family and friends for being there.  And to my bestie, Angie for carrying the clipboard for the day. 😉

Survivor Portrait Sessions
I am hosting my 2nd annual day of mini-sessions (family portraits) for breast cancer survivors and their friends/family on October 20th at the Heritage Village, inside Sharon Woods.  For more information, please click this link or visit my website, under the “EfyP Events” tab.