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Spread Some Love: Winter, New Year’s & Valentine’s Day portraits – Family Photographer Flagstaff

You made it through the holidays. Whew! Great job! Here are my best reasons why now is perfect for a family or couples portrait.

1. You never got around to portraits in 2017 and it’s making you feel guilty and maybe a little slackerish. Here’s your way out! You’re going to feel like such a good person when you simply refuse to let any more time go by before documenting the people you love.

2. Your life is hopefully a lot less busy now than it was a few weeks ago. School and social activities may not be in full swing yet, making it less arduous to coordinate schedules for a session. Did you know we can even help you with that? When you send us your preferred parameters (“Tuesday mornings or Thursday lunchtimes”), we can send a scheduling link with session options that you can share with those hard to pin down family members.

3. When you send your love ones a custom Valentine’s Day themed card with portraits of your family on it, it will really stand out since they won’t be receiving many cards right now. Who doesn’t love receiving Valentine’s Day cards?

4. A gift certificate for a couples portrait session can be a romantic Valentine’s Day gift. I’m talking to you, husbands! A family session is a meaningful gift, too. It tells the recipient that you treasure them most.

5.  Not up for Valentine’s Day cards? Just wait and include these portraits for your holiday card later this year. You’re already preventing 2018 holiday-related stress! See? You’re so ahead of the curve!

Maybe there’s never one absolute ‘perfect’ time, but it’s always a good feeling to look at your favorite people, smiling down at you from your now beautifully decorated walls.

Time is speeding by. This is one powerful way to savor it.


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.
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Who Should Select Your Profile Image? – Arizona Portraits

I enjoyed this article because it validated something I’ve observed in my work, especially when I make head shot portraits.

…the images chosen by strangers made a better first impression than those people picked themselves.”

Science confirms it—your LinkedIn profile photo looks even worse than you think it does

It’s certainly something to think about the next time you find yourself choosing a profile portrait of yourself purely because “my hair looks best” or “I look cool in that one.”

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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.

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Couples Portraits in Flagstaff, AZ – Northern Arizona Photographer

“It’s benign.”  Isn’t that such a great sentence? Who doesn’t want to hear that the issue they’re having is harmless, noncancerous?

Those two words are an excerpt from one of my earliest conversations with radiologist Ken Salce. I hope he gets to say that to patients every day but, for me, hearing it was remarkable. It was a long time ago, but ever since that day, seeing him has always been a happy reminder of his compassionately issued reassurance.

Flagstaff AZ Location Couples PortraitWhen I bumped into him at a fundraiser with his sweetie, Tara Cecil, she gave me reason to smile, too. She is a person who is filled with light and enthusiasm and love, all of which  radiate out of her face.Flagstaff AZ Location Couples Portrait  You can’t miss it, it’s contagious.

They are amazing together, sharing private jokes, finishing each other sentences. They share an easy confidence and it’s just a good feeling to be around them. When Tara finished her PhD and they set a date for their upcoming wedding, we made plans to create some overdue couples portraits. Their way of being together makes my job a breeze, I sometimes think they’veFlagstaff AZ Location Couples Portrait forgotten I’m there, with my camera!

We made the first photographs in the bucolic summer in Flagstaff, with  abundant, saturated yellow flowers surrounding the happy couple.

For their second portrait session, the turning leaves of the golden aspens in Northern Arizona were in their fullest glory.

Despite the fact that both of them work at Flagstaff Medical Center, Ken and Tara (more…)

Blessed – Flagstaff Newborn Photographer

I just typed ‘newborn’ into the search field on my computer and watched as 20,000 images of the very beginning of so many lives came up in front of my eyes,        which now have tears in them.

What a gift that I get to do this for a living.

One very special newborn at 9 days old9 day old newborn in his father's armsWe are literally “a mom and pop” photography studio.

We truly love making these family treasures for other parents.

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CEO Portrait for Body Bliss in Cottonwood, AZ

“It was like jumping onto a moving freight train.” Flagstaff Portraits - CEO PortraitWhile were making some fresh professional portraits, I’d asked Pam about becoming the new owner of the popular aromatherapy products store, Body Bliss in Cottonwood, AZ. She was scrambling to get up to speed to stay on top of all the amazing growth in her business. Instead of the usual synthetic yuckiness, Body Bliss products are made with natural and sustainable botanical raw materials and can be found at some of the finest spas around the country. The company was originated by a botanist and a massage therapist, looking to create healthier supplies for massage therapists to use day in and day out.  It’s a product line that is near and dear to Pam’s heart and she loves her fun, demanding job.

FlagstaffPortraits-BodyBlissCEOBeyond what I originally thought of as aromatherapy products (like essential oils), Body Bliss offers a huge variety of delicious sounding goodies like “I RENEW Organic Tea Tree & Rosemary Foot Soak”, “Chai Spice & Vanilla Virgin Coconut Body Polish”, and “Pink Grapefruit & Jasmine Cleansing Cream.” I get hungry just reading their titles! Personally, I’m in love with the Organic Lavender & Vetiver Body Lotion and am kind of wondering how I lived without it all these years! You can purchase online, so go get something yummy for yourself or a lucky loved one: Body Bliss website

 

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.

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11 Days: Pregnancy & Newborn Portraits in Flagstaff

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                         AfterPregnancy and Newborn Portrait, Flagstaff, AZWhat 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. 🙂6Mo-Baby-Portrait-Flagstaff-AZ-Photographer

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.

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RAFFLE TO HELP SUPPORT THE MASLAR FAMILY

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KDI Photography is holding a raffle to support a family whose 31/2 year-old daughter is going through cancer treatment. We’re offering a free studio portrait session for up to 5 people with a $99 print credit to one winner. Buy one or more raffle tickets and you will be helping to provide financial support to their family as they travel to Phoenix for chemotherapy treatments. One raffle ticket for $20 or 6 tickets for $100.  Raffle drawing will be November 21st.

We are excited to offer some support to this amazing family so thanks in advance!

TO GET YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS, PLEASE REACH OUT TO ANY OF THESE FOLKS:
Kristen or Keiji Iwai at (928) 779-4151 or studio@kdiphotography.com
Shannon Ellison at (928) 213-0888 or Sehavey22@yahoo.com
Heidi Komada at (928) 221-7854 or heidinted@yahoo.com
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• Want to help even more?  Sign up to coordinate raffle tickets at your work or school!

• Not interested in winning a portrait session with KDI Photography but still want to help? Please feel free to contribute to another fundraiser, a GoFundMe campaign that was set up by Maslar family friends.

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Fall Family Portraits in Flagstaff, AZ

Whats your season? Everybody seems to have their favorite.

Is it Fall, Autumn?  You know, the time of year when we all want to go leaf peeping and see the brilliant fall foliage? KDI-Child-Portraits-S-Kids-Family15_038Most years in Northern Arizona, the Aspens start turning from rich, radiant green to saturated yellow in late September. Some of that color can often be found as late as November. It starts on the mountain and moves into town, so different locations show their beauty at different periods within that few week window. It just so happens that lots of Flagstaff families and seniors in high school want to make portraits in that setting every year. In fact, October is our photo studio’s absolute busiest month.

It makes sense that Fall is so popular for portraits. Like the San Francisco Peaks, those turning leaves are pretty iconic to us Flagstaff residents. Why do I mention this while we can still see some of the flowers of summer? Well, because we are already booking up our busy September and October and I don’t want you to miss out. (It makes me sad when our clients are sad!) We fill up that time in our calendars every year, but this year we started booking the fall season sessions in February! We still have many studio sessions open but the location portrait sessions always go faster.

So, lovely past and future KDI Photography clients, consider this your friendly reminder. Fall will be here in a flash!

 

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.

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Kind Words – Professional Portraits Flagstaff

I met a lovely person yesterday when realtor Linda Kiehne came in for her ReMax Peak Properties professional business portrait. Unlike my family, children and senior portrait subjects, I find that people often come to the studio to get an updated head shot with some reluctance. I can empathize because I prefer to be behind the camera (or at least one of my children!) when it comes to portraits, too. I try to make it a painless process for my commercial photography clients and I’m so glad that Linda enjoyed her experience during our session together.

You can see some of KDI Photography’s commercial portraits here.

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7 Reasons You’ll Love Having Portraits Made in Summer – Flagstaff Photographer

By the time she finally called me, I could hear the guilt in her voice. They had waited and waited to find the right moment. Something always got in the way. The kids  had some school event or sports activity. She and her husband wanted to lose a little weight. One of her children was going through an “awkward teeth” phase. (For the record, I absolutely love the visual time machine aspect of “awkward teeth”!) Scheduling was always a challenge. Before they knew it, the kids were just SO MUCH older. She felt like some of the important moments in her family’s life had been missed, photographically.

Have you ever heard that proverb: The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now”.

You know when the best time is to make portraits? Now.

Here are my top 7 reasons to have your portraits made during the summer:

1. Coordinating schedules is usually easier in the summer. It’s less likely that you’ll have to work around school events, sports, lessons and other after-school activities.summer family portraits flagstaff photographer

2. People often feel more “photo-ready” in the summer. We’re outdoors, getting some sunshine and are usually more active than during the holidays.

3. Your stress level will be dramatically reduced when your holiday gift giving and holiday cards are completed before the rush sets in. And, when you and your family members find yourselves in relaxed summer mode during the session, your holiday portrait gifts and cards will show it!Family-Portrait-Flagstaff-AZ4. Family and senior portrait photographers (like me) (more…)

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