I’ve known this family for years and always love my time with them but this senior portrait session will stand out among the many in my memory. Aspen feels, for obvious reasons, very connected to the aspen trees so it was a no-brainer when we were selecting our location. Shannon & Aspen arrived, joining me at the location on a fall morning when we were blessed with no rain, the aspens vibrating with saturated color.
Getting out of the car, they scooped up Aspen’s wardrobe and the two dogs, Soleil and Penny, as we headed to the first vignette – our initial portrait of the session. Dropping her bag of clothing on the ground, Aspen threw off her jacket while her mom worked to wrangle the two dogs, their leashes intertwining. As I stood there adjusting my camera, I looked up just in time to see a sight I won’t soon forget. Puppy Soleil stood positioned with 2 legs in front the bag of clothes and two behind. Without lifting a paw, he calmly urinated with precision, directly onto Aspens entire wardrobe for the shoot. His aim could not have been more accurate if he’d been trained for such a mission. A pee-wielding, canine sniper.
Fortunately, Aspen is a consummate pro, having likely endured many unexpected snafus during her years on stage as a dancer and actress. She expressed some frustration and then, promptly moved on. She luckily had an outtake outfit or two in the car and she just laughed the whole thing off from there. She didn’t even seem mad at her puppy when she snuggled him later for some sweet portraits. Aspen graduates from FALA in the spring. May she weather all of the new experiences she’ll undoubtedly have in the next year with the same aplomb.
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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