A Mermaid Spotted at the Jersey Shore!

“You got your own style, now let it come through. And remember no matter what, you got to be you.” -Sebastian, The Little Mermaid

All summer Lucy had been begging me to go to mermaid school. I’m not sure where she got this idea, but she is convinced that there is a school where they teach you to swim with a tail and breathe under water. She loves The Little Mermaid and I’m guessing somehow she got it from that 😉

Well, being the crafty (and slightly insane) woman that I am, I scoured the house for scraps and hot glue. I used about a yard of green jersey material. I laid Lucy down on the fabric and traced her legs onto the fabric leaving enough room for the fin on the bottom. I used craft foam (From Michael’s) for the fin so that it had some weight to it and she cold flop it around! Then I glued everything up! I wanted to make the material look like scales without actually gluing 800 scales onto the tail, so I took out my trusty glue gun and glued outlines of scales. It took some of the stretch out of the fabric, but I got the look I wanted! Then I took some acrylic paint and a sponge and sponged some dark and light green all over the tail to make it look more realistic.

Last but not least, I grabbed the sparkles.

WHY.

WHY DID I GRAB THE SPARKLES!?

I don’t know what possesses a woman to buy sparkles, it’s like an invisible magnetic field that pulls us together. They are so pretty, but there is nothing else on earth that makes such a mess. I am still finding sparkles, even though it’s been 3 months since I opened them. I found one on my eyelid the other day. Now I am remembering why I didn’t have any in the house in the first place…

After I had the tail finished, I made her seashell bra with some shells and fish netting for the décor section at the craft store! I was a little worried about how they looked together because I still wanted her to look like my little baby mermaid, not teenage mermaid with boobs, haha!

Overall I was so happy with the results and I think it all looks great together!

After we shot Hollyn and Scott’s wedding in Long Branch NJ, I knew it was exactly where I wanted to go for Lucy’s mermaid shoot! I asked Lucy if she wanted to get dressed up in her mermaid tail to take pictures on the beach and she answered with:

“Uhm, yes mom. But first, I need to take a nap” (Yes our kid is the best sleeper ever, she learned from the best)

After her nap we were off! We parked by a restaurant and walked along the beach for a little while until we saw the perfect rocks! We thought it was going to be windy and freezing because it was the beginning of October, and it felt like there was no wind and 70 degrees. It was beautiful, and there was NO ONE on the beach! Lucy couldn’t stop laughing and I couldn’t stop thinking about my mom win- I got to be creative and she was having loads of fun getting splashed by the cold waves! Lucy even got to use her very own dingle hopper!

I will totally recommend this kind of shoot next year to families with little girls. We had an amazing time, the sunset was beautiful and the weather was glorious. I hope you enjoy looking through our little adventure, and if you have any questions about how I made her costume shoot me an Email!