Christmas Elves

Guess what? We made it past Halloween AND Thanksgiving, so that means it is now okay to go into all-out Christmas mode. And for the first time in forever, I do not have a tiny baby, am not pregnant, and am not moving, so it really does feel like Christmas this year. Frohe Weihnachten, everybody!

I’m going to do all the Christmas-y things I pinned on Pinterest this year! Just kidding; I only wanted to see if you were paying attention. However, I did make salt dough ornaments with my kids last week. Once we ran out of things to cut out, we made little tiny fruit shapes- bananas and strawberries. My son insisted that we paint his banana brown (“It’s a really ripe banana!”), and I can’t wait to see which of our friends comment first on the ornament that looks like a… well, a sparkly bit of poo. Because toddlers.

Anyway, all that to say I’m definitely in the Christmas spirit this year. Zach and I wanted to do a really magical photo shoot with the kids, and in his brilliance, he suggested we dress them as Santa’s elves. The ideas evolved for a couple of weeks, as did the costumes. I made long vest-jackets for the kids (eliminate the sleeves, people, and you eliminate quite a bit of time on the project, which can be better spent attaching a million buttons to it), belts and hats (I made a video tutorial for the elf hat, and you can find that here). I tried to make pointy little slippers, but….¬†I was not particularly proud of them.

Costumes finished, we collected and wrapped every empty box we could rummage up.

Oh, I’m laughing right now. I wish you could have seen us trooping through the woods–like, a quarter mile to our location– hauling huge tubs of ornaments, wrapped boxes, decorations, and a North Pole, not to mention our kids, crammed into a wagon. Not sure what all the people walking past us thought. We brought all things Christmas, several wooden toys and tools (the idea was for the children to pretend to build the toys, but that never really materialized into shot), a little drum, a pipe, ribbon, and snowflake confetti.

(Of course, just in case you think everything always goes perfectly, my baby was teething some serious molars, refused to be costumed, and screamed throughout the photo shoot in the wagon. So this is a two-child photo session. You win some, you lose some.)

This set was extremely Photoshop intensive. We took the pictures in the daytime and tried several different settings before reaching our “aha!” moment when we turned it into a “nighttime” set. He added magic and mystery, and lots of Christmas spirit in.¬†Additionally, he used the snow effect he created for the Frozen photo shoot we did a while back. You can download it for free!

OMG. These pictures make me so happy. Better than I dreamed. All the magical pretend, none of the commercialism that annoys me.

Here’s wishing you and yours a VERY merry Christmas!

Christmas Elves Children's photo shoot tutorial from findingstorybookland.com

Christmas Elves Children's photo shoot tutorial from findingstorybookland.com

Christmas Elves Children's photo shoot tutorial from findingstorybookland.com

Christmas Elves Children's photo shoot tutorial from findingstorybookland.com

Christmas Elves Children's photo shoot tutorial from findingstorybookland.com

Christmas Elves Children's photo shoot tutorial from findingstorybookland.com

Christmas Elves Children's photo shoot tutorial from findingstorybookland.com

2 thoughts on “Christmas Elves

  • Would you let me know the width of the fabric used for the cloak. Many thanks

    • Do you mean for the hooded cloak? I have used both 45″ and 60″ (60″ makes a fuller cloak). The main thing is to make sure your lining and cloak material are the same width (or that you don’t cut one wider).

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