“I’m Julie McGann, and I am a creative photographer and digital artist. I specialize in bringing children’s imagination to life though Illustrative Portraiture. I help families across the globe who want to capture the imagination of their little dreamers to create a keepsake from their imaginary world and remember what it was like to believe in absolutely anything, because those who dream big can achieve big things in life. It’s how I can make their dreams come true one picture at a time.

I am drawn to magical storybook-like photography from reading to my children when they were little. I loved the stories portrayed and how my kids would want to be friends with the characters. In each picture I create, I always includes the child having fun with their dream pet and usually doing something unusual based on the child’s imaginary idea.  They have such vivid imaginations when they are little and I just wanted to find a way to capture their adorable thoughts at that moment.  I hope to bring smiles to each child’s face when they see their impossible dreams become realities in pictures! I find joy in being the one to document each child’s early fantasies as a keepsake for the entire family.”  – Julie McGann

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Julie McGann is an international award winning creative photographer and digital artist that brings children’s imagination to life worldwide through Illustrative Portraiture. Part painting, part photograph, her whimsical creations have captivated families across the globe. Julie is well known for her ability to turn ordinary personal photos into extraordinary imaginary masterpieces.  She has been nicknamed the “Daydream Believer” of the photography world.

Julie studied Music Education at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, as well as Violin, Music Therapy and German.  She also earned a Masters of Science in Music Education at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY and was a violinist in the Penfield Symphony.

Julie worked at Hillside Children’s Center in Rochester, NY as a K-12 Special Education Music Teacher for children with Emotional Behavioral Disability, where music served as a calming source to soothe anxieties and stimulate non-verbal communication and self expression.  In return, the children showed improved self esteem. Julie enjoyed bringing smiles to children’s faces in the midst of their emotional turmoil.

Julie instills the same principles in her photography today. She makes the impossible possible for children, just as she brought on the smiles for these children.  Julie started her photography business in 2012 to make children’s dreams come true in her unique way by bringing their imagination to life!

Julie is an active member of The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP)Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI)Professional Photographers of America (PPA), The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and Greater Rochester Professional Photographers (GRPP)