“Mom, I Want to Meet a Real Unicorn!” :: How to Make it Happen

Did you recently discover that your little one wants to take pictures with a live unicorn and now it’s your job to make dreams come true? Participating in a unicorn photography session will give your little one the chance to create some magic and excitement. One of the most exciting things about childhood is the innocence loaded with imagination and magic. I mean if your kiddo believes in unicorns, who are we to tell them differently. So, let’s plan to make magic happen with a real live unicorn. Before I go any further, let me issue a disclaimer. Our magical session included the dresses you see in the pictures. All provided by our photographer.

Saddle up while I tell you how to have the best experience with a live unicorn! BUT let’s start with this … these are LIVE animals. So talk to your kiddos and make sure they are aware that this is a living breathing unicorn. It helps to tell them that unicorns are horse cousins.

Now let’s make some magic come to life by booking your session with a live unicorn. Below I will share a few ideas for making this a pleasurable experience.

Research your photographer and ask lots of questions

The photographer we selected makes taking pictures an experience. I expected to simply show up, take pics with the unicorn, and leave. I fully expected to be rushed and hurried so she could move on to the next. This was totally not our experience. It was truly a magical experience for my child. Our photographer was so patient as my daughter’s excitement and anticipation turned into apprehension and tears. She not once told us “next.” No, she patiently allowed her to calm down and proceeded to capture the most astonishing pictures. This is why it is imperative that you research.

Next steps, try to find out what you can about the ponies aka unicorns

Working with horses and ponies takes a lot of patience. The ponies/horses the photographer decides to work with must be used to working with children as should their handler. You should be able to find this information by digging a little. If you can’t find it, just ask. The unicorn Ashley selected, Smokey, was mild mannered and followed the child well. At one point during the ride my child got nervous. Smokey had been trained to stop. He did not move again until she was ready. Again, our session was an experience … not just a session.

The sessions are outdoors

Unicorn magic shows up best in a field with tall grass. This is Louisiana so be prepared for mud, mosquitos, etc. I suggest a little bug spray and closed toe shoes. My young princess chose to wear cowgirl boots, because DUH (her words).

Speaking of mud

You will more than likely get muddy and/or sweaty. So chose your outfit wisely and be prepared to change your little one right after the pictures.


You can always surf the internet for the perfect attire. However, our photographer provided dresses. Each of these dresses are literally runway ready, handmade and freaking amazing. If you decide to bring your own keep it mind you may have to help your child get to the designated area to reduce the chances of the clothing getting muddy.

What’s better than pictures with a unicorn, RIDING a unicorn of course!


Depending on your photographer and the “unicorn handler,” your child may have the chance to ride a unicorn. This kicks the magic of these pictures up so many notches. Again, my little one was unsure about riding initially, but Ms. Kim, the handler comforted and assured her as if she was talking to her own child. This is one of the many reasons the photographer may ask you to arrive early. That allots sufficient time for the child to ride, select attire, and make magic happen.

Have fun

Finally, have fun. Allow your photographer to do their job. Let your kids have fun. If they smile, great. If they cry, great. This is a memory they will forever cherish. They will have a chance to tell their friends that they met a real live unicorn. If you’re lucky, you’ll have a photographer like we did that has a true talent and calling that works well with kids. Our photographer reminded me of a kindergarten teacher with so much patience. And did I mention this lady is a real-life artist. She works with each child to ensure parents receive the most amazing pictures ever.

I’m not sure if the magic was more exciting for me or for my child. What I do know is that years from now when the magic has worn off, the memories will remain. And for me it was well worth the investment. Good luck and I hope you find an amazing experience. Come back and share your experience in the comments.


Photos Courtesy of: Sweet Magnolia Photo 

Dee Odom grew up in Jonesboro, LA. Dee earned a Bachelors from Grambling State University in Grambling, LA and a Masters from the rival school Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA. However, the rivalry only lasts for one Saturday in November, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Dee has a strong passion for public policy, social justice, and cooking. Therefore, it is no surprise that this self-proclaimed foodie met her husband, Chef Brandon while trying a new spot, and ultimately co-founded Odom’s Kitchen (eatwithodoms.com). Together Dee and Brandon have two amazing children. One of the things she loves most about being in Louisiana is providing her children with access to three living great-grandparents. Additionally, Dee and Brandon enjoy entertaining friends and family through food and laughs.


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