Tell me if this doesn’t sound like a movie pitch: A successful, beautiful, New York political consultant meets a handsome, unassuming river guide during the adventure and romance of a Grand Canyon river trip.
They fall in love, somehow overcome the obstacles of vastly differing lifestyles and 3,000 miles of distance, adopt a cute puppy, and live happily ever after in the lush pine forests of Northern Arizona. (Let’s leave out the pandemic part.) Netflix would probably pick it up and then I’d watch it while eating a bowl of mocha chip ice cream, rooting for them to make it work!
I don’t know how it went in reality but I can imagine that it was a little bit epic – love at first sight! rapids! campfires! All set in one of the natural wonders of the world. Not too shabby.
It may have been way more mundane than that but when you spend any amount of time with Stephanie and Travis, you get the feeling there were definitely fireworks. Individually, they have such good hearts but together, their love for each other is so powerful that it ripples out from them in concentric circles, permeating passers by.
In fact, as I was photographing them for the cover of Highlands Living magazine, an elder gentleman fisherman kept stopping by, offering assistance and jokes. As we wrapped up, he got more serious, admitting that seeing how in-love they are had warmed his heart.
Keiji and I had a terrific time getting to know them and even without the mocha chip, we’re big fans.
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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