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.
It's the first time I cried while changing the picture on our photography studio's sign. We switch the portraits on our sign every few months but we put this portrait of a father and son up for a very different reason than the usual. We want to honor a friend who just passed away unexpectedly. Ed George was an amazing cinematographer/ still photographer, and an all-around great guy. Every time I saw him, his passion for his work, his family, and his life were very evident. His inner delight and enthusiasm shined out of his crystal clear, crinkly blue eyes. You can see some of his character in these portraits with his son, Kyle.
A few months ago, I was talking to Ed about his latest globe-trotting adventures. He'd been to several countries recently, was working on an amazing film project here in town and then planned to gallivant off to yet another exotic locale. Through his work, he'd been stalked by lions, filmed anacondas, swam with sharks. I said "Wow, Ed! Do you ever stop to realize that you have an amazing, enviable life? I mean, so many people only dream of the kind of life you have and would probably love to trade places with you!" He paused, smiled and said, "Yeah, well I'm not getting rich, but yes, it is a great life. I really feel grateful."
This beautiful, very short film about Ed George is worth watching.