Relay for Life of the Soul V2.0

Greetings and my apologies for being so quiet on my blog. I think I’m still in denial about my cruise’s end, some five months ago. Anywho…

I’ve been keeping myself busy with family and photography; and I’m just now rediscovering some time management since school let out. So, let’s do some Show & Tell from the most recent American Cancer Society event!

Friday, June 3rd was my second time covering the Relay for Life of the Soul at Woodward Career Technical High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. The event was created to celebrate cancer survivors and their caretakers; as well as honoring those that have been lost to the disease. Soul also helps to bring more awareness to the African-American communities about early diagnosis, treatment, and support.

Participants are invited to camp out in the football field, walk the track, eat some tasty foods, watch performances from the New Jerusalem Baptist Church, participate in raffle drawings, dance, play games, and party their night away.

So without further adieu…ACS1ACS4ACS3ACS5ACS6ACS8ACS7ACS2ACS9

For additional information on the American Cancer Society and their events, please follow this link.

ACS10To view and/or purchase images from this event, please visit my website under the ‘Communities > American Cancer Society’ tab.

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!

My Monday with Mr. McDonald

Yesterday I spent the day on a golf cart with a very recognizable face…It's Ronald!Monday was the Ronald McDonald House Golf Classic at the Kenwood Country Club. RMH Golf Classic (AM) 2013-06-17 (1)RMH Golf Classic (PM) 2013-06-17 (56)So from 9:30am to 6pm I rode around on a golf cart with Ronald McDonald and his assistant, Michelle.  Our challenge was to capture group shots of Mr. McDonald and all of the participating golf pairs.  RMH Golf Classic RMH Golf Classic (PM) 2013-06-17 (11)Even after our cart’s battery died, and the man in the make-up had to push the cart up the very large hill did we still manage to have the most fun out of the entire golf course population.  (Eventually, he went for a replacement and I jumped out to push while Michelle steered -I’m not that much of a princess type.)

Along with the group shots, we took some promo shots for next year’s event (below.)Promo

I don’t know; I think I’m pretty happy with them. 🙂TypicalRonald and I

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.

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

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.

My Weekend at the Asian Food Fest

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The weekend of May 19th (and 20th) was a rather chaotic stretch for me.  My Saturday started with the annual Walk for Angelman Syndrome down at Theodore Berry Friendship Park. I have a personal connection to the cause, so I … Continue reading

Raptor, Inc.

rap·tor  [rap-ter, -tawr]  n.

A bird of prey.
[Latin, one who seizes, from rapere, to seize; see rapt.]

 

Last Sunday morning, I met up with several nature photographers at Raptor, Inc. in Milford, Ohio.  Raptor, Inc. is a facility that raises, heals and rehabs native birds of prey back into the wild.  They also provide teaching services to help educate people about certain  species.  Within their educational program resides a few permanent feathered guests.  Permanent in that they can never be released back into the wild due to injury or other underlying issues.  So, without further adieu…

This is Scarlet, the Red-Tailed Hawk

Isis, the Almost-Albino Red-Tailed HawkWildwood, a juvenile Red-Shouldered HawkStorm, the Barn OwlSteel, the American KrestelSylvester, the Great-Horned OwlFrom left to right:  Earl (a girl) the Turkey Vulture, Lucy the Peregrine Falcon, and Priscilla the Barred OwlTo see more images, please check out my Raptor, Inc. gallery on my website!

For more information on Raptor, Inc. please visit their site: www.raptorinc.org