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It probably goes without saying: Frozen is a big deal in our house. Not a day goes by without our daughter singing any of the 400 versions of “Let it Go” we’ve seen on Youtube, dressing up as Elsa, trying to foist the character of Anna on ANYONE else, requesting to watch the movie, or trying to build a snowman in the sandbox at Kindergarten. We are even in the process of planning a Frozen themed birthday party so we can keep up with all the REALLY cool parents out there (unfortunately, our dire need for an Animators Collection Elsa Doll is pretty much toast unless we want to pay scalpers, which is too painful to my garage sale queen heart). A Frozen cosplay wasn’t really even negotiable.
Here’s the deal though: we spent the whole winter here in Germany waiting for snow. It NEVER came (so abnormal). I finally took the pictures in February, but continued to hold out hope for snow so we could re-do or at least add on. It is now August. Unless Olaf’s dreams of snowmen in summer come true, a snowy photo shoot will have to wait until next year… if then. SO I decided to just… wait for it… let it GO, let it GOOoooOOOooo!
It was one of those winter days when we had been sick and cooped up in the house for a week when a ray of sunshine finally appeared. We grabbed the gear and costumes and ran down the road to the woods. Just before leaving, I noticed my ten-month-old (who was still in his pajamas at 4PM- that’s how we roll some days) had grabbed a cardigan out of the laundry, stuck his head through an armhole, and was crawling around VERY proudly. I grabbed him and toted him out the door as-is. Eventually he decided he was tired of being left out of the photo shoot so he made straight for the sled and climbed on. That face!
My sister-in-law made the Kristoff outfit (out of a double sided blanket! BRILLIANT!) for my son for Christmas. The red cloak for Anna was the one we used in the Little Red Riding Hood session. Here is the link to my hooded cloak tutorial if you feel inclined to make your own. I tried something new with the Anna dress– ALL straight lines, both cutting and sewing. Here is the tutorial for that.
On the props front, we kept things simple and only used a sled that we found at a flea market.
Finally, Zach brought us back to the snowy spirit of Frozen and added a Snowflake effect that he created for Photoshop. You can download it for free and follow the tutorial at the bottom of this post to add snow to any image!
In order to get more of the winter scene we were going for, I created a snow effect in Photoshop.
I created this snow layer and added it to all the pictures in Photoshop. I kept it simple so it can be easily reproduced. In order to add a snow effect to your own pictures, just download this high resolution jpg of the snow I made and follow the 3 step process below.
Step 1: Open up whichever picture you want to enhance in Photoshop and paste the snow picture in as a new layer.
Step 2: Change the layer type to Screen.
Step 3: Adjust the size of the layer to change the size of the snowflakes and adjust the opacity to get the effect you want.