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Photographer Dresses 2-Year-Old in Creative Halloween Costumes All Month Long

By Hanssie on October 25th 2014

For Halloween one year, I dressed like a bunny. I painted my entire face white, wore a black leotard and bunny ears, pinned a cotton ball on my backside and suffered the entire school day trying not to scratch the terribly itchy face paint. My Halloween costumes got less elaborate after that year. I was in the third grade.

One photographer, though, has taken Halloween costumes to the next level (more like 20 levels) and has created some oh-so-cute costumes for her two-year-old daughter, Willow. What started as indecision as to what exactly to dress Willow up as that first year, became “Dress Up Willow Month,” as Gina Lee, a children and family photographer from Redlands, CA, made not one, but three costumes. (She did the same for her two older children their first year as well).

For Willow’s first Halloween last year, Gina dressed her up as a Roller Derby Girl, Carlos from the hangover and a Hot Dog on a Stick employee.

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Gina then decided that she wanted to do some “couples” shoots and teamed up with fellow photographer Becky Hales and her son Cooper. The two adorable toddlers have since posed as some pretty famous duos in history, including Gilligan, characters from the musical Grease, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Prince William and Kate. Gina and Becky come up with a concept and then find items around the house to create the costumes, purchasing small additional items as needed.

Gina shares all the images on her Instagram account and has received a ton of attention lately for her creative and fun images. There are no signs of stopping as the ideas keep coming and Willow loves the camera, dressing up and posing for these photos. Plus, there’s still a week left before Halloween.

[REWIND: PHOTOGRAPHER USES MAGIC TO MAKE MERMAIDS OUT OF MATERNITY CLIENTS]

In-n-Out Employee

In-n-Out Employee

Characters from Grease

Characters from Grease

Alex from Flashdance

Alex from Flashdance

Prince William and Princess Kate

Prince William and Princess Kate

Elliot and E.T.

Elliot and E.T.

Cabbage Patch Kid

Cabbage Patch Kid

Morton's Salt Girl

Morton’s Salt Girl

Frieda Kahlo

Frieda Kahlo

See's Candy Employee

See’s Candy Employee

Gilligan's Island

Gilligan’s Island

To see more adorable-ness, check out Gina Lee’s Instagram and website and Becky Hale’s website.

CREDITS: All photographs by Gina Lee are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

[via Huffington Post]

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About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com. Follow her on Instagram

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  2. David Hall

    so cute.

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  3. Aaron Cheney

    This is WAY too adorable!!

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  4. Daniel Thullen

    Obviously Gina Lee has a photogenic child! These are so cute. I looks like she loves posing for the camera. My boys (7 and 5) find Daddy and his camera annoying,

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  5. Barry Cunningham

    Does Prince William have something on his face?
    Is that supposed to be a beard?
    It looks like he’s been in a fight with a cookie and lost. ;3^)

    Dunno. I’m a blond with a very light beard, maybe I look like that when I haven’t shaved for a few days.

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  6. Clare Havill

    So cute, I love photographing children at this age, they’re so expressive.

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  7. Pye

    This is so cute, and very inspirational. Love these pics!

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  8. Peter Nord

    Little girls that age seem to know posing theory cold. Neighbors visited with their little girl. My wife got out some old grandchild costumes. Bam, I was getting a different pose a second just by holding up a camera.

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  9. Dre Rolle

    “Omg look at those chubby little legs, I just want to eat them”- Girlfriend in a high pitched voice

    Awesome photos.

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  10. Brandon Dewey

    Great pictures! I really want some In & out and See’s Candy right now. I wish I still lived in California so I could go get some.

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    • Hanssie

      They don’t have See’s candy where you live??!

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    • Brandon Dewey

      Nope it’s a California chain. I now live in Virginia, but every now and then around Christmas See’s might have a small kiosk in the mall. But they usually only sell the suckers and and other random pre package candies but not the individual chocolate candy pieces. When every I go home to California to vista my family I always make a stop at See’s and In & out to get my fix.

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