Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Pirate Photo Shoot

Since Ryder is going to be a pirate for Halloween, I figured I needed to take full advantage of his costumes and willingness to pose with a Pirate Photo Shoot!

Yesterday I took Ryder to a nearby park that has this awesome boat.  I even made a flag for the perfect prop, instructions on that below.  Unfortunately when we arrived at the park the east facing boat was in horrible sun, all of the best shots would have required Ryder to look right into the light.  But we made do, I got more practice shooting in not ideal lighting, and in the end, we had a successful shoot.

Here are a few of my favorites.
kids pirate costume

kids pirate costume
kids pirate photo shoot
kids pirate costume
Pirate costume
Pirate costume

A Pirate Flag
We checked several stores for a pirate flag but had no luck.  So I decided to make one.

I bought a yard of black fabric and a quarter square of white.  The yard of black was almost twice what I needed.

I used my silouhette to cut out a the skull and cross bone pattern onto the white.
how to make a pirate flag

I didn't really feel like sewing, especially the night before a shoot, so I used fabric tape, it worked perfectly.
With the fabric tape on it before I pulled off the tape backing
I stapled, with a staple gun, the fabric to the poll, just a small circular rod we bought at the fabric store.

I then roughly cut the ends of the flag into the shredded zig-zag pattern.

I realized that without a breeze, the flag would just be drooping, hanging straight down.

So I cut an approximately 3" strip of a cardboard box and glued it (I used a spray adhesive) to the top of the flag.
pirate flag

This did the trick and helped keep the flag open for the shoot.
Pirate flag

What are your kids being for Halloween?


  1. Looks so nice out for Halloween, we unfortunately will be bundled up warm under costumes and its even calling for snow - boo!

  2. I love your little Pirate. My son will be dressing up as a Red Angry Bird. Have fun trick-or-treating! :)

  3. Absolutely adorable and I love the tutorial. These are great pics.

  4. Oh he is so cute! Love the flag tutorial.

  5. So cute! Love the pictures. And so clever to keep the flag not drooping. I doubt I would have thought of that!

  6. These pics are AMAZING!! Such a cutie!!

  7. Those are awesome and how awesome was it that you had a boat at the park!? Super cute flag... really makes the costume!

  8. My 13 year old went as Thomas the Train, Lainey was a mermaid and Jack, a werewolf. Totally in sync, right?

  9. Piglet was a penguin this year. What an adorable little pirate you have! Love this sweet little photo shoot!

    1. Thank you! It was a lot of fun, though the lighting was horrible. :)

  10. Oh how fun was this!!! Addison was a sheep and Tori was some kind of witch (her mom made the costume for her...?)