Have you seen BBC’s Sherlock? If not, I’m sorry to say that we can’t be friends until you drop everything (unless you happen to be holding a wine glass) and watch it. Which reminds me of the time my college roommate, Becky, was getting married and she was showing me how sturdy her heirloom wine glasses were.
Becky: “These are really sturdy. They won’t break. Watch!”
With that, she deliberately dropped the crystal glass on the carpeted living room floor. The sound of breaking glass was followed by a brief, awkward silence between Becky, her fiance, and me… followed by hysterical laughter. We still talk about it, and she is still short one wine glass.
That story has nothing to do with Sherlock-the-TV-show, but I am not exaggerating when I say it’s the best TV show I’ve ever seen. I laugh, I cry, it moves me, Bob. (that’s a quote from Veggie Tales. Because I have three kids and can pretty much quote every single video.)
Sherlock is set in present-day London with a modern wardrobe, but I wanted decided to steer my own detective cosplay in more of the traditional Victorian direction, but include a couple of “tribute” shots from the TV series.
An interesting note about my old roommate Becky: A few years after the wine glass incident, I found out she had a brother who was incredibly handsome and charming, so I decided to marry him and bear his gorgeous children. Becky is now my sister-in-law and, more importantly, fellow Cumberbi… er… Cumber-Person. We schemed this cosplay up together for her son and mine, combined our costumey resources, grabbed the camera and a huge bag of gummy bears, and set to work.
But first a note about costumes. I couldn’t find a good child size Sherlock looking tweed cape coat, so I sewed one. Later I found a good tutorial for a simple Sherlock cape and hat from the inimitable Martha Stewart! Here is the one I had made:
We dressed “Watson” in a top hat and overcoat. Becky brought a deer stalker hat, I tracked down a pipe, and a magnifying glass.
Because it is winter, we did a studio photo shoot on my covered patio with a backdrop inspired by the movie (More about that in the next post).
For the processing, I created a new Lightroom presets to give the pictures that slightly aged-photo look (The Sherlock preset is included in my Lightroom Preset Collection on Etsy.).