724 N Humphreys St Flagstaff, AZ 86001

(928) 779-4151

Nina’s First Communion Portraits – Studio Photography in Flagstaff

If there’s one thing I count on when I see her, it’s her ever-present giggle. Nina’s always ready to laugh, which never fails to crack me up. Uncharacteristically, she arrived at my studio for her First Communion and ballet portraits, admitting that she was nervous. I was surprised because she never ever seems nervous. When tagging along for her big sister’s first communion portraits, she couldn’t wait to get in the room, continually asking to join in the fun. But today was all about her, so it felt different. Once we got started, it wasn’t long before we were howling with laughter, dancing, and playing. When her mom Ely popped in to fix her hair, Nina looked up at her wide-eyed, exclaiming “Mom, we are having SO much fun!” 
Just like that, nervousness over. 

If Nina becomes a photographer one day, I won’t be surprised. She continually art directed the shoot; “Can we do this one in black and white? Will we see the flowers in this picture?” She has a visual acuity that a lot of adults don’t seem to have!

The big complication came when we added the family’s two beloved hairless cats into the mix. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to photograph one cat but they have a mind of their own. TWO cats certainly makes for an additional challenge. A week before the session, we scheduled an introduction; a special cat visit, so they could get used to the newness of the studio and their determined photographer. It went well, they purred in my lap. However, on the day of the session, they sure had other plans! But Nina, Ely, and I persisted and were able to coax them into the scene. At end of of the shoot, we were all exhausted but victorious.

Flagstaff Family Portrait Photographer • Flagstaff Maternity Pregnancy Photographer • Flagstaff Newborn Photographer • Flagstaff Child Photographer • Flagstaff Senior Portrait Photographer • Flagstaff Couples Photography

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

Keiji Iwai & Kristen Dacey Iwai



724 N. Humphreys St

Flagstaff, AZ 86001



(928) 779-4151



M - F 9 - 5 by appointment

KDI Photography Portrait Studio in Flagstaff, Az