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Costume shoot

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At ages four and six, my children still love costumes.

The boy one frequently dons his Jedi robe or one of his many superhero garbs. The girl one, of course, loves princesses, and like just about every other four-year-old, is a wee bit obsessed with Frozen.

While Anna is a lovely sister, it seems that most still gravitate towards Queen Elsa – probably because she’s the one that sings Let it Go – and my daughter is no exception. She’ll use anything she can find to be her Elsa braid and Elsa cape (including but not limited to toilet paper, towels, ribbons, string and blankets).

Unfortunately, Disney ran out of all things Elsa and unless you can find it on the black market you’re not getting an Elsa dress. That meant, of course, that we had to make one and make one we did.

A teal Elsa dress, a flowing silvery cape, and icy power ribbon bracelets. I even ordered her a blonde hair extension piece so we could braid her hair like Elsa’s. She looks like a little mini Elsa and she couldn’t be more thrilled about it.

Dressed in her entire get-up, I couldn’t help but take her out to the dam to do a little photo shoot on the docks of "Arendelle." She posed, she sang and we have a load of ridiculously adorable photos.

I think most children their age would love to have a photo shoot of themselves as their alter ego.

For the boys, there are so many options for a superhero shoot. Get them fully costumed and then pick a safe, industrial-type location for them to pose their practiced moves. With some creative angles, you can even make it look like Spidey is climbing a wall or swinging from a building.

Take your princesses out to a tea party in the woods. Use a brick wall backdrop to hint at a castle. If siblings will allow it, go for a theme. Perhaps Red Riding Hood and the Wolf? There are so many fantastic options and I think you’ll be surprised at what comes out of your child in front of the camera as their favourite character.

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