In my 25+ years as a photographer, I've never before had the opportunity to make portraits of a female firefighter. Arizona is a dry place and we're enormously grateful to the firefighters, hotshot crews and Wildland Fire Managers who keep us safe. It was incredibly fun to make portraits of Katie in some of her firefighting gear, both during pregnancy and merely a week and a half later with newborn Ms. personality-plus in her arms. Katie doesn’t prefer to be the center of attention but her husband and I loved these pictures documenting the huge changes in their family in such a short window of time.
Before AfterWhat a difference 11 days make! I LOVE the thoughtful finger-pointing.
Here's some more expert finger-pointing, six months later. I'm thinking that this is her evolving personal style. Nobody does it better.
Kristen Dacey Iwai of KDI Photography is a full-time professional portrait photographer based in Flagstaff, Arizona with more than 2 decades of experience. Making portraits of families, pregnancy, newborns, babies, children, high school seniors and for businesses in her downtown studio and on location, she serves clients from Flagstaff, Sedona, Tuba City, Winslow, Payson, Page, Williams, Prescott, Mesa, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Arizona. Please visit KDI Photography's website.
This year will mark the 25th anniversary of my first pregnancy portrait! (These sessions are sometimes also called maternity photography.)
Clearly, that first mama's belly got me hooked immediately because I've beenphotographing pregnancy and babies ever since that first session. For the last 20 years, I've been making portraits in my studio and on location in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona.
If it's possible, I'm even more passionate about making these photographs now than when I first started. Maybe becoming a mom simply made it more meaningful to me. As a parent, I certainly have a higher awareness about how quickly the time passes.
Waiting for a baby to come is such a magical time in a family's history, and I love helping them document it to enjoy far into the future.
Kristen Dacey Iwai of KDI Photography is a full-time professional portrait photographer based in Flagstaff, Arizona with more than 2 decades of experience. Making portraits of families, pregnancy, newborns, babies, children, high school seniors and for businesses in her downtown studio and on location, she serves clients from Flagstaff, Sedona, Tuba City, Winslow, Payson, Page, Williams, Prescott, Mesa, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Arizona. To see more, please visit KDI Photography's website.
We had it on the calendar, we were scheduled to make pregnancy portraits in Flagstaff's sunlit flowers, everything was set. But before we got the chance, newborn Felix made his arrival, five weeks sooner than planned. Izabel, Aaron and I were all sad to miss out on doing the pregnancy session but it was wonderful to make newborn portraits of this healthy little guy and his older sister. He was a prince, and put up with all the snuggling just like he was a full term baby.
Mother's Day is coming up soon - on May 10th. We're already celebrating with a new image on the sign in front of our studio!
There's still time to make sure that the moms in your life feel special and loved. I'm conspiring with some kind and sneaky people right now to surprise their moms / wives with great presents like coffee table books, framed prints and canvas gallery wraps. If you haven't had a portrait session in a while, here are two more ideas for a portrait related surprise:
1. a KDI Photography gift certificate for prints or a portrait session (comes gift wrapped) 2. wrap up a frame with a note in it that portraits are coming