Meet Baby Duck. Also known as Baby Godzilla, benevolent ruler of a small colony of Playmobil people.
Or possibly just a set crasher at a recent photo shoot the firefighter and I set-up.
Ever since the boys moved into a shared room after Christmas we’ve been trying to figure out how to decorate their space. After a fresh coat of paint we hung photos from my ’365 Project: Brothers’ and then we hit a decorating wall (literally and figuratively). At 4 and 6 their interests are in some ways consistent (Lego, Playmobil, vehicles, Secret spies) but at the same time they’re always discovering new interests (military, Spiderman, jungle animals, space). How were we going to come up with a bedroom theme that they would both agree to AND would be relevant to their hobbies for more than 5 minutes
In the end I ditched the idea of a theme and instead created custom works of art representing a few of their favourite things:
The monkey loves his stuffies and the firefighter is a diehard Lego fan:
They both love matchbox cars and Playmobil:
We set-up their toys on the white backdrop in my studio and then photographed each collection of beloved items. I created custom canvases (14×14) through Canvas Pop, which arrived on our door step less than a week after I ordered them online.
The best part is that they bring a great punch of colour to their room and both boys love the photos. Plus as they get older we can just add additional canvases to the display as their interests expand.
With tax and shipping the order came to $240, which some might consider a steep price to decorate a kids room. But if you factor in the money we saved by not buying themed bedding, artwork, or other kid/movie-related merchandise on a yearly basis as their interests change, I think it’s a great deal. Plus it makes the photographer in smile every time I walk into their room. And given the number of times I walk into their room to (a) put away laundry (b) clean (c) break up fights, that has to count for something.