I make up random things during portrait sessions. It’s in the service of keeping my subjects distracted from posing with fake smiles, and also hopefully relaxes them. One ancillary benefit is that it’s often quite entertaining for me, too! On this mild March day, I looked at lovely Azul sitting in my studio window, dressed in her First Communion finery. A kind, bright girl, she a natural in front of my camera. Never-the-less, on a whim, I asked that she look out the window and pretend that she saw something nice in my studio yard.
Almost instantly, a huge grin broke out and then one of her signature giggles. I had to request that she share what she imagined. Her response was something I couldn’t have predicted; “A bunny jumping on an alligator.“ OK, that was a first! It was totally creative and weirdly specific. I needed to know more. It turns out, that the bunny’s name was Bob and the alligator’s name was Bobby, two best friends. Who knew?
From then on, we brought Bob and Bobby into the studio. “Would you please ask Bob to stop jumping on my head?” They kept us company for the rest of a completely delightful session, our laughter echoing out to the waiting room.
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Kristen Dacey Iwai of KDI Photography is a full-time professional portrait photographer based in Flagstaff, Arizona with decades of experience. Making portraits of families, pregnancy, newborns, babies, children, and high school seniors in her downtown studio and on location, she serves clients from Flagstaff, Sedona, Tuba City, Winslow, Payson, Page, Williams, Prescott, Mesa, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Arizona