When I was a little girl, I thought the Red Baron was an Italian chef who flew a plane so he could get the pizza to people more quickly. My fantasies were dashed when I tasted the pizza. Seriously, how DO you turn a WWI German Ace fighter pilot into a frozen food brand? Guess I’ll never know…
I love all the fanciful, mythical, imaginative shoots we’ve done (obviously), and they will continue because they are pure joy. But there’s more to love in the real world than in even mythology can contain. Zach and I are both huge history buffs, and we want to find creative and fun ways to teach our kids about historical figures as well, so we’re going to be steering some photo shoots in this direction.
Cutting straight to the chase, this shoot became a possibility when we found someone selling a beat-up wooden airplane rocker for $10 on Craigslist. Our previous success with painting our wooden motorcycle rocker inspired us, so we sanded and painted our new plane red.
I did a Google image search to get costume inspiration. This photo gave me the elements I wanted to bring down to a two-year-old level. I made a blue jacket with buttons down the front, a red collar, and a cross pendant. Incidentally, I made the jacket one night after my son was asleep and I underestimated the length the sleeves needed to be, (which was okay, because I planned to cover them up with a leather jacket anyway). Along with the jacket, I put a scarf on him. Here is a photo of the jacket:
I wanted to include our daughter, and she was thrilled with the idea of being a nurse and taking care of her little brother. I couldn’t find a blue shirt dress anywhere, so I took a gamble and made one from the same blue fabric I used on the Red Baron jacket. I put a white collar on it. Then I added red cross patches to the front and sleeve. We gave her a handkerchief/bandage. A nurse’s cap would have been a good, but not vital, addition.
This has probably been the most realistic of the shoots we’ve done for us, because this one wasn’t purely fanciful in the same way Sleeping Beauty is. There was an element of tragedy and emotion in the pretend, and more later as my husband and I looked at the pictures and thought of the events which inspired them. I guess this is one way we are easing our children into the real world of war and final farewells, of courage and compassion. For now, they can be heroes and heroines in these true stories, and we’ll tell them more when they’re older.
We wanted this set to look like hand colored photographs, so we went to the extra effort of “painting” in the eye, cheek, and lip color manually in Lightroom. You can get this and other Lightroom presets from my Etsy Shop.