This Dad Spent $1,500 on a Wonder Woman Costume for a 3-Year-Old, and It Was Worth It
Forget Anne Geddes. One of the coolest child photographers around is a guy named Josh Rossi, who is a commercial photographer and doting father who is really, really into Halloween, and this year he pulled out all the stops to turn his 3-year-old daughter into Wonder Woman. Rossi told FullTimePhotographer that when his 3-year-old daughter, Nelee, said she wanted to be Wonder Woman, he pulled out all the stops.
Tomorrow I’ll be releasing a crazy series of images I have been working on for the past two months! I’ve kept it a secret from most everyone. My 3 year old daughter is obsessed with Wonder Woman so being a good dad/commercial photographer I had to do smthg about it.
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He commissioned the leather costume and props from McGrew Studios in Salt Lake City, and it’s so goodÂ I’m not even balking at the $1,500 price tag. The work is fantastic.
Once the costume arrived, the photoshoot got underway, and it was pretty involved. Some shoots took five people to hold Nellee into position, then Rossi took the photos and Photoshopped the different parts all together to create composite images that look just like stills from the movie. (Nellee and her mother spent a long time studying the trailer and the 70s TV show to get the poses and the expressions just right.)
It’s great watching the video of the shoot. “We’ve got some snacks, we hope she lasts,” Rossi says when Nellee comes out. It’s 10:30 a.m., and Nellee naps at noon, so they had to work quickly to get all the photos taken before she went down. (Any parent understands this concern. A professional photoshoot is cool, but the nap is sacrosanct.)
Sure, I wouldn’t pay $1,500 on a costume for a 3-year-old, because they grow so fast she’ll only be able to wear it for a short window of time. It does lace up the back, though, which means there’s more wiggle room with sizing. She might need a new skirt at some point, but the accessories will last forever, and it’s not inconceivable that she could wear it until she’s five or more.
Or they could just have another baby. “We need another baby because Wonder Woman wants a sibling, and also because I spent $1,500 on a toddler-sized Wonder Woman costume and need to get more use out of it” is not the most illogical thing I’ve ever heard. (Actually, from the video Rossi posted, it looks like Nellee has a sibling on the way. Hopefully it’s another Wonder Woman fan!)
Rossi has more of his work on Instagram, and it’s pretty amazing. Just look what he made as an invitation for his daughter’s second birthday party:
Gosh, I can’t wait to see what they do for a birth announcement.