It was minutes before the session, and the raging thunderstorms hammering us with lightning finally hit their mark, throwing out my studio’s power. I wasn’t surprised, in light of the particular cohort of women I was waiting on. I’ve gotten used to preparing for the unexpected when they arrive. Sometimes there are new people joining them, or a surprise dog. Last year, there was an appendicitis scare. On this day, the dreary ambient daylight was too dark for window light portraits and the unpowered strobes refused to fire. Even my water cooler apparently requires electricity so we just… chilled for a bit. While we waited, we talked about how Eliza had tape on her legs to help with shinsplints and the soreness in her calves from running and dancing, admittedly way too much. Meg removed her toenail polish, told me about the phenomenal concert she’d seen. I could talk to all three of them for hours, honestly.
We experimented, doing portraits without any movement in the dim window light, using an ISO setting of 4000. Soon the power resumed and we turned up the Shawn Mendes and danced. Since blur was what I was going for that day, I needed to dance while shooting too. If you passed by my studio during the session, you would have seen a photographer dancing with her subjects – something I usually try very much to avoid to keep pictures crisp! Never a dull moment with this great crew.
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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