Make believe adventures

The best parts of my week are when I get to work on another make-believe!

There is absolutely a time and a place for a classic studio portrait.  I think a simple, timeless, formal portrait should be something that every family has at least once. We still need those to document families, milestones and life changes.  I think we also need images that are also …more.

I’m finding that I love planning, designing, consulting, arranging, sketching and photographing these make believe sets.  It satisfies the creative parts of my brain immensely.  More importantly, I adore how these types of sessions absolutely engage the children participating.  Whether they are a super hero, princess or explorer, whether the set is simple or elaborate, the props and accessories help the little ones relax and do what children do best – play.

It’s always tough to photograph something intangible, like an emotion or feeling.  Trying to capture “childhood” “play” “innocence” and so many other adjectives is incredibly tough.  I’m finding that make believe sessions are allowing me to get closer to capturing those fleeting intangible things.  With a little make-believe we can create a mood, capture a story, and wander briefly in the steps of a child.

What would the world be like if we could all see the world through the eyes of a child?


  • Looks like such a lot of fun for everyone involved, the subjects and the photographer! Nice work!ReplyCancel

  • Whoa. This is a new favorite. These photos are absolutely stunning. I love what you said about photos sometimes needing to be more and trying to capture that intangible part of life. You are so right. I love these sessions the most.ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    This is such a fun + amazing shoot!!! The styling is incredible!ReplyCancel

  • I am loving all your make believe sets so much. I think every day should start with a Kat make believe shoot 🙂ReplyCancel

  • This is such an amazing session! The costumes, the light, the overall idea. Your models did so well!.ReplyCancel

  • What an amazing make believe world! I miss being a kid sometimes 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Anna Marie Arpasi

    Oh my gosh! I love the ones with the feather in her hair! I bet these girls had such an amazing time…looks like it’s straight out of a magazine!ReplyCancel

  • These are amazing! We often loose our sense of imagination when we get older. I love how you recreated!ReplyCancel

  • I love make believe adventures and how you are incorporating this into your children’s photography. So super creative. Great style and images.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Lemmons Johnson

    These pictures are amazing. Thank you for taking such beautiful photos of my girls!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Forder

    Beautiful set…beautiful girls…beautiful pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Wow, how have I missed these photos. What an amazing group of images. The girls are just beautiful and the setting you have is so creative and lovely.

    Way to go Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Shemile Joyce Wiggin

    I came across your page. Your photos are absolutely fantastic. Where is the location of this shoot, if you do not mind me asking?ReplyCancel