Photographic Regret: Thanksgiving Edition

A little while ago I was reading on another blog about “photographic regret”.  It’s something I’ve thought about before, but I never really put it into words.  It happens when I drive home from a shoot and think, “oh no, I forgot to get that such-and-such shot!”  I used to feel this way a lot, but I’m much better about it now.  I decided to start thinking of those times as learning experiences, and I know can always apply the lesson learned on my next shoot.   At this shoot, however, I missed the PERFECT opportunity. 

We drove up to the field that I had scouted out earlier only to find a rafter of wild turkeys had settled in.  Now, if you know this family very well, you know that this posed a little problem.  Here I am with my camera in hand (gorgeous light) and a group of turkeys only feet away.  What do I do?  Well, I DIDN’T take a picture!!  Sometimes I wonder what’s going on in my crazy brain.  Anyway, the dad successfully herded them off, and we were able to reap the benefits of their field.  So, since I don’t have a picture to prove my story, you’ll have to settle for the photoshop-ed version of what happened.  Well, this isn’t exactly the way it happened.


This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for friends that don’t mind being photoshop-ed with wild turkeys for a little laugh.  Now, enjoy this little girl–who has to be one of the cutest babies EVER!



  1. I can tell you for sure that I would NOT be sitting next to Justin smiling if he was really throwing a turkey in the air!! Seriously, though, you did such an amazing job on these pictures. We NEVER like our family pictures and you managed to capture enough good ones that we couldn’t decide:) Thank you, thank you!!


  2. I didn’t know the story about the turkeys…I can totally picture it. I’m sure she was terrified! Love all the pictures! You did a great job as always!


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