Terrible Mistakes I Made

When I first started out photographing children for my Imaginary Dream Portraits, I made a lot of mistakes.  And that is okay!

“We all mess up. It’s what we learn from our mistakes that matter” -Lauren Myracle

Here are 4 terrible mistakes I made while photographing children and what I learned from each one… 

1.  When asking a child about their dream pet, I must remember to reassure them that I am not bringing an actual animal to their home!  The child was terrified when I arrived and refused to take a picture with me…thinking I had brought an actual zoo animal!  This session did not work out…so in the end, I asked my daughter to complete this picture.


2.  I must remember to remind the child that she is going to be merely pretending to fly!  When I arrived at the child’s home, she thought I was going to actually take her flying high up in the sky.  Only in our imagination, little one…only in our imagination.  She was very pleased with the final picture though!

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3.  When pretending to feed an imaginary animal, it is hard to explain to the child how to look excited and happy.  Soo…a crazy thing I like to do is have a person be that animal and make crazy faces and then you get that perfect expression!


4.  This portrait session was supposed to be an elephant make-over.  She had trouble pretending to paint the elephants toenails or put on makeup or basically anything I asked her to do.  She was in a horrible mood that day.  So…to resolved the problem, I gave her a toy camera and asked her to take a picture of the beautiful elephant.  Problem solved and a picture perfect ending!  I learned that I have to be willing to change my vision at a moments notice…

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“Remember, there are no mistakes, only lessons!  Love yourself, trust your choices and everything is possible” – Cherie-Carter Scotts



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