Last year, the year of the Lumber Jack, was too cute for words. His little beard! His plaid shirt! His "work boots"! His ax!
|photo by Lisa Kunkel, cuteness by Mr. Lumber Jack|
How could we possibly top this? We kicked a few ideas around. Searched the internet for costumes that didn't cost an exorbitant amount of money. For one idea, we found an amazing costume on Etsy.... but it cost $70. Definitely above our price range!
We kept on coming back to this.
This is a rare campaign button and pretty much the only one that uses "Jack" that we could find in our research. Jon and I are both self-professed political/history nerds. Going perfect with the Jack theme, we decided that our boy could dress up as JFK, John F. Kennedy, "Jack" Kennedy. Something to go along with this election season, right? We needed a little suit to seal the deal, but I was having a hard time finding one in our small town. Everything on the internet was pretty steep in price, until we finally got on Ebay and found a 3T suit for $17. Sold!
For me, the biggest part of capturing Jack in his costume was getting a good picture. Hello photographer-as-a-mom!... but I wanted to try and recreate a very presidential and fun looking photograph. Here's a little behind the scenes.
The making of a President.
|We went to Jon's office to take the picture. Pay no attention to our totally packed full of stuff car. This is what happens when you are traveling right after a photo shoot in a smallerish vehicle with a dog and a kid!|
|This was a full suit, people!|
|Yes, they are totally matching|
|Sorry, friends! I needed a frame for our Marilyn picture and grabbed the first one I saw as I ran out the door.|
|Setting the scene. Presidential seal printed off the internet. Flag and podium from Jon's office.|
|Photography "mistakes" are often the coolest pics!|
|Ok buddy! Just stand right here and look at mama. Smile!|
|Or... let's try this.|
|uhh... who is that?|
Finally, after many many tries, the finished product.
|love my little Jack Kennedy|
|With his campaign button and slicked to the side hair. Love.|
I'm pretty sure we won't be able to top this awesomeness next year. That's OK, though. We have this 3T suit laying around the house and, who knows? Maybe we can get a second use out of it... maybe someone could get married or Jack could attend a fancy event? Otherwise, I think I'll save it to remember just how stinkin' adorable he was.