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Lake Steven’s IRONMAN 70.3 – Katie rocks the race

Lake Stevens Ironman 70.3. 1.2 miles of swimming, 54 mile bike ride followed up by a 13.1 mile run.  Athletes train for months in order to put their body through this grueling test of endurance. Katie, my sister, thought it would be a good idea to train for one of these.  After watching the event, I have to say, I am a bit tempted.  It was an amazing day, which started at 3:38 AM…a quick breakfast, loaded up the gear and made the 15 minute drive to Lake Stevens, WA.  From there, the athletes were marked up, headed to transition, then went for a quick warm up swim.

Race day weather was a foggy 52 degrees in the morning and turned into a sunny, 75 degree day by 2:00 PM. Although Katie didn’t get much sleep the evening before, she seemed to be in very good spirits.  The start came fast and before we knew it, she was off on her swim.  She swam 2 minutes faster than expected, which was great!  Next leg was a grueling 54 mile, hilly, bike-ride.  We predicted she was going to be on the bike about 4 hours.  Once the four hour mark passed and we didn’t see her, we were getting a bit worried.  Apparently, she took 2 spills and had to change a tire (or tube?), which made her bike portion a bit longer than calculated.  Now, the big test…ready to do a 1/2 marathon AFTER biking and swimming?? Sure!  :-)  The report at the 3-miler marker was encouraging…legs felt good, she felt strong…at this point, the pace just needed to improve if she was to get a finisher medal.  The Iron man competitions are no joke…if you are just 1 second after the cut-off time, you get a DNF (Did Not Finish).  Katie was right on the bubble…her second-half would HAVE to improve.  And, that she did!!  Each mile marker was getting faster by leaps and bounds.  Really, an amazing feat after the 5 hours of biking/swimming prior.

And, then, there she was…smiling, crying, celebrating…about to cross the finish line of the 2013 Lake Stevens Ironman 70.3.  She did it!  WAY TO GO KATIE!!!  So glad I came to Seattle to see the event, it was so amazing to see!

Below is my story in pictures, enjoy!!

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New Equipment for Keri Doolittle Photography – Nikon SB-910 Flash

With my upgrade to the Sony Alpha A99, there was one major change that I was EVER SO THRILLED to have…a regular hot shoe!  :-)  Meaning, I no longer had to buy adapters for Pocket Wizards or other flash-related products!  On the negative side, my current Sony flashes no longer fit on the standard A99 hot shoe, so I had to throw one of them up on ebay.  Because Sony made this change, it opened up the possibilities for other flashes, hence the purchase of the Nikon SB-910 Flash.  This is the first non-Sony item I have owned and I LOVE it!!

I seriously took about 5 images outside (since it is raining) and both the settings and ease of operation was fantastic.  The below image is SOOC (Straight Out Of the Camera), except for being resized for web/Facebook use. Settings:  ISO 125, 35mm, f10, 1/200th, flash set to 1/8th and taken at 12:27 PM.  Once I am able to get this bad-boy out into the real world (aka: a wedding), I will report back with more details.

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Larkspur, CO Family Photographer – The Harms Family

I first “met” Kim about 5-6 years ago on an online photo board that derived from The Nest.  There was a group of photographers, nationwide, that basically “grew up” together online…watching our businesses grow, our kids grow, our lives grow.  It is quite an amazing place.  Once we moved to Colorado, I met Kim in person and just adore her and her family.  Last night I headed down to Larkspur, Colorado to do a quick photo session before I take off to Texas.  It was a BEAUTIFUL evening and all 5 of them looked stunning!  A big thanks to Crooked Willow Farms for letting us use their venue last night, it is one of my favorite places to shoot a wedding!

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July 11, 2013 - 2:48 pm

Kim Harms - Oh Keri – you have outdone yourself! These are phenomenal! I am so in love with every single one, thank you so much!!!

July 11, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Mom/Jackie/Jackson/Grandma Jacko - Love seeing all these pictures again. You are so talented! Blessed with an artistic eye.

July 12, 2013 - 3:42 pm

Corrie Kraft - Oh my goodness, Keri! Amazing! You blow me away constantly! Kim… you look incredible! I love your sweet family! xoxo

April 16, 2014 - 3:46 am

marina - What a great family portrait session! I absolutely love the last photo!Thank you for sharing :)

Denver Wedding Photographer – Cielo at Castle Pines – Emily and Ryan

I had the great pleasure of assisting the wonderful Corrie, of Corrie Kraft Photography, this past weekend at Cielo at Castle Pines for Emily and Ryan’s wedding.  I absolutely LOVE second-shooting.  It is a fun way of being creative, practicing your trade and having an amazing time with not only other photographers, but wonderful couples as well.  Here are a few of my faves shots from their AMAZING wedding!!  Enjoy!

To view my portfolio, please visit http://www.keridoolittlephotography.com

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Colorado Renaissance Festival

We had a jam-packed weekend, which included the kids first Red Rocks experience seeing a Michael Jackson impersonator. Lots of dancing and singing, great time!!

Then, we packed up the car the following morning to visit the Colorado Renaissance Festival! I have driven passed the entrance several times on my way to Crooked Willow Farms to shoot a wedding and have always been intrigued by what this whole thing is about.  I mean, this place draws massive crowds throughout the months of June and July.  Since we are moving to Dallas soon, I thought it was time to take a visit.  I have to say, I was quite impressed!  This place had TONS of shops, man-powered rides for the kids, jousting shows, pirate shows, magic show, LOTS of food (including huge turkey legs) and scary museums.  Seriously, if you have the time to check this place out, I would highly encourage you to do so!  Here are a few pics we took of our visit.  :-)

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June 25, 2013 - 4:55 am

MOM - Oh, my goodness. So much fun! You are such good parents teaching those two boys to enjoy life and giving them wonderful experiences.

October 30, 2013 - 4:51 am

marina - That looks like so much fun! I wish I was there with my daughter… but missed it :( Thank you for sharing!