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Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away, we did something perfect with our kids: we made them Star Wars costumes and dressed them up for fun. Then we let them play with lightsabers and nerf guns, pose in the living room, jump off the furniture, swing at “planets” suspended from a fishing pole, and “use the force.” Best time ever. They ask to take Star Wars photos at least once a week.
See, they’re a bit obsessed with Star Wars. Earlier this spring, Zach decided we should show A New Hope to our impressionable young brood. I thought the whole thing was way over their heads and they surely wouldn’t enjoy it. I was pretty much correct on the first count– and I am still fielding dozens of questions thanks to George Lucas being the worst screenwriter since… oh, I’m drawing a blank. Cant think of anyone worse right now– but couldn’t have been more wrong on the second count. All previous allegiances to Elsa and Dusty Crophopper were abandoned that fateful day, and we have been lucky enough to live with three tiny but legit padawan ever since, which is what led us to figure out a way to do a photo shoot worthy of the Rebel Alliance.
It began with a jedi robe. And after months of good intentions, I finally broke down and made another video tutorial on Youtube: this time to show a really awesome and simple way to make your very own JEDI ROBE! For a four year old, I needed only one yard of fabric and about half an hour!
A little more on costuming the Force:
For Luke, I began with a simple base of khaki pants and a white shirt (a martial arts tunic gets you get bonus points!). Over this I added a long strip of brown fabric for a belt and tall black rain boots. I topped the look with the jedi robe above. While my son has one of the noisy, pop out light sabers, I purchased a set of three that were smaller and more easily wieldable for the children and looked better for the photo shoot.
For Leia, I made a simple cotton dress and belt. For her hair, I bought donut shaped sponge hair accessories, and used them on pigtails to give her hair rolls a lot of volume.
For Han, I put a white shirt and khaki pants on the little guy. Over this, I put a black zippered vest and boots. We let him wrangle a nerf gun and make hilarious faces.
Our location was a living room setup. I used a large black backdrop and set up studio lights on only one side of the room to create the deep shadows I wanted.
FAVORITE PHOTO IDEAS:
- We began with solemn still shots holding light sabers and laser guns, etc.
- We let our Luke “use the force.” Zach tied a ball and an x-wing to the end of a fishing rod and let “Luke” pretend to combat/raise them using the force.
- We got some fun action shots when we let the children jump off of low chairs and captured their airborne poses. We allowed them to make silly faces and do some wild jumping, also.
- We did group shots. It’s hard to do this with three children, and virtually impossible to get them all making the facial expressions you want at once, but these definitely captured the essence of each personality well.