Archive for April, 2011

We Did It! • Pat’s Run

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

28,000 participants from 48 states and another 7,000 volunteers and spectators… all hanging out in the hot Arizona sun to pay tribute to Pat Tillman and raise money for scholarships for veterans. It was a pretty incredible experience.

My sister in law Kerri and I finally at the start… we had to wait almost 40 minutes for all the corrals in front of us to go. I was not about to faint in this picture. Just kidding I totally was.

This was Kerri’s and my first race. My brother is a badass triathlete, finished in the top 5% in a Tough Mudder the week before this race, and is training for the Ironman, so a 4.2 mile trot is like 1/4th of a warmup for him. He was kind enough to act as our personal photographer on the course!

We saw Jeff Lewis, a quadruple amputee and owner of the world’s best web address (http://www.dontworryaboutme.com/) on the course and were just in awe.

The race ended on the 42 yard line of Sun Devil Stadium. As we got closer, we could hear Beat It filtering out of the stadium and I had the terrible idea to try to dance the rest of the way. That lasted for all of 3 seconds before I realized I needed every last drop of energy just to get to the finish line.

Having strangers cheering you on really does motivate you. Especially if they have funny signs!

This was one of the things I was most looking forward to- high fiving all the Sun Devils in the final stretch. Kerri and I agreed it was pretty awesome! I love super-excited guy next to super-stoic guy. This picture kills me!

I couldn’t resist buying this file from the professional photographers because you just can’t beat a triumphant shot the finish line of your first race ever. Maybe next time they’ll get us in focus instead of the bleachers 200 yards away.

It was an insanely awesome day (and weekend) and I can’t wait to do it again next year. (Faster!) I had the best time with Matt and Kerri and am so excited that we got to share such a big milestone… so it makes sense to end with a three amigos shot!

Pat’s Run • The Pat Tillman Foundation

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

In a few hours I’m heading to the airport to travel to Arizona for Pat’s Run, a 4.2 mile run honoring Pat Tillman and benefiting the Pat Tillman Foundation, which provides scholarships to veterans and their families.

I have never run anywhere in my life. But after reading “Where Men Win Glory” by Jon Krakauer, my brother, sister in law and I decided we needed to be part of something paying tribute to Pat so we started training. The book is phenomenal… it covers Pat’s time in the NFL, his military service, his death, the coverup and finally the truth that he was killed by friendly fire. It is a gripping read. But that’s not the good part. The best part of the book is learning about the Pat behind the media hype… he had so much integrity, intelligence and honor. He learned from his mistakes, he actively challenged himself both physically and mentally… he was really incredible.

I can’t wait to be a part of this! I’ll see if I can post a picture of me dragging myself and my shin splints across the finish line for you. Until then, here’s a picture of Pat and his brother Kevin. Read the book!

Danny • Rochester Baby Photography

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Yay for repeat clients! I first photographed Danny a couple of summers ago… he’s cute as a button and a really easygoing little guy. Expressive, too, which makes for a fun session. He started off the last one with some pretty great faces, and things were no different this time around… I can’t even take it, he is the cutest!

And a couple of minutes later… (this one needs to be a giant print)

What a handsome kid!

Just hanging out, nbd.

Look at those tiny teefs! <3

I’ve got a trip to Arizona coming up in two weeks that I can’t wait to post about. It’s something I’ve been working towards since last summer and I can’t believe it is almost here! Details soon!