Category: Personal

Knight-inspired Photo Session

A couple months ago, my husband and I started watching Merlin on Netflix.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s a cute show- a little quirky, the perfect amount of romance, and pretty wholesome overall.  As we made it through each season (and ending with me tearing up at the series finale), I knew I would eventually do a King Arthur-inspired shoot.  I loved the costumes and lighting in the show.  After last weekend’s trip to GeekFest and seeing a medieval roleplaying group, I decided I had to do the session ASAP.    That meant no time for prop collecting, spray painting, or spending hours combing the internet for instructions.   It was all about what I could pull out of the toy box and closet.

D.I.Y. Kid’s Knight Costume

(for moms short on time and money)

You need:

  • Cape (I bought mine a long time ago but you can definitely get by with the old school towel safety-pinned around the neck.)
  • Gray Pants
  • Gray long sleeve shirt (thermal undershirts work great)
  • Leather belt
  • Helmet  (got lucky that one was in my kids’ toy box)
  • Sword (instructions below)
  • Shield (cardboard wrapped in duct tape)

The sword is made of PVC pipe and foam pipe insulation, both easily found at your local hardware store.  The pvc pipe is .75″ thick and cut into a 2′ (blade), two 3.5″ (crossguard), and a 7″ (grip) lengths.   Assemble the four peices of pvc pipe with a pvc four-way connector (double tee connector).  For best results, glue the pipes and connector together so the blade doesn’t fly off during battle.  Slide the foam around the pvc pipe leaving an extra two inches of foam on all sides (I liked having a cushioned grip.  My husband chose to skip putting foam on the handle.  He said having the blade heavier made it easier to handle.)  Fold the foam over the visible end of the pvc pipe and tape with duct tape then wrap the sword in duct tape.  And viola!  The great thing about this sword is you can actually fight with it and it doesn’t hurt (that bad).  Much better than the cardboard sword from my pirate session that bent or getting hit with a wooden sword.  I think we spent $30 to make four swords.

As I’ve said before, I love simple homemade costumes and this one is no exception.  All it takes is a resourcefulness and a little imagination.  Now go slay some dragons. 🙂

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Katie Smith is a photographer in Mebane, North Carolina.
She loves childhood imagination, gorgeous sunsets, and models that will work for ice cream.
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Rainy Days

Of course, the day I feel like I have cabin fever and ache to get outside is the day it begins to rain…. and rain…. and rain some more!  I joked that I would need a kayak to pick my son up from school.  The rain finally let up yesterday afternoon and I took my boys for a walk in our little community.   All I wanted was some peaceful shots of them floating paperboats in the puddles.  Yeah, if you have boys, you know the words “peaceful” and “puddle” will never belong in the same sentance.  It became a full contest of who could make the biggest splash and who can splash closest to Mommy’s camera without getting “the look.”

If you never made a paper boat, it’s ridiculously easy. I made one following instructions then made three more from memory. The sad part is they only last a minute before falling apart.

I love this one because it showcases his sweet baby cheeks.  Plus he’s starting to hit this insecure stage and I see it reflected in his eyes.

The image on the left reminds me of a superhero, he looks still with so much anger and the water coming up around him.  On the right is his dark and brooding pose,  he’s only six so moms you have a few years before you need to lock up your daughters.

My three year old refused to go outside until it stopped raining.  He’s scared of wind and storms and no amount of “it’s just a little rain” can convince him to go outside.

When were you this happy by something as simple as jumping in a cold, dirty puddle?

Katie Smith is a mom first and photographer second.
She loves documenting the lives of children with her camera and finds no greater joy than capturing a moment that is the embodmient of childhood joy.
You can find her on Facebook or email her using the contact form.

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Katie Smith is family and couple photographer serving Chatham County, North Carolina areas.
She loves Christmas, fuzzy socks, hot chocolate, and spending time with family.
She’s currently writing this blog post while the adorable child in the promo sits on her lap.
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