In all my years hanging out with my nerd friends and acquaintances, never have I once heard someone say they didn’t like Jean Luc Picard. They might prefer Kirk in a Trek-Off, but they still like him. And is it hard to see why? He’s handsome, dignified, intelligent, diplomatic, responsible and compassionate. He is a perfect example of positive masculinity.
Picard and Geordi, Star Trek the Next Generation
So why dress Courtney up as Picard and not a female crew member? Well firstly, does it matter? Secondly, as stated, he’s awesome. And thirdly, it’s pretty funny, no?
All kidding aside, when I first brought up the idea that I was going to do a Star Trek photoshoot with Little C one of the first comments I got was “Oooohhh, how about dressing her up as seven of nine?”
My first reaction was to cringe a little. Not because seven of nine was a bad character - far from it. But none of these photoshoots were meant to be, y’know…even in the same in the same universe as sexy. (I mean right?!!) Though I’m sure the suggestion was meant innocently, it wasn’t gonna happen. I wouldn’t know how to dress her up so people would know who she was without stuffing socks down her shirt, and…ew. So no. Also she suddenly hates wearing wigs. So bald is the better way to go.
Picard and Geordi on the Transporter Pad.
The transporter was a trifold board, the same one I used in the James Bond Photoshoot which was grey. I spray painted gold over top to give it that retro original series vibe. The base is a glass table top of tupperware bowls turned upside-down with a flashlight or two underneath. Then I covered the top with brown craft paper with holes cut out. To make the light more diffused (and so you couldn’t see it underneath) I covered the holes with parchment paper. Then the base was wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper so you couldn’t see the tupperware or lights. The top was a pool noodle taped into a circle with tissue paper covering it and a flashlight “beaming” down through it. Costume was a red onsie that I used ipiccy (a free online photo-editing site I love) to draw on the black part of the costume, as well as baldify my baby’s head. Geordi’s visor was made of a banana hair clip painted gold - like the original one on the show, I believe!
Red Shirt + foreign Planet = Certain Doom
The ice was crumpled tin foil that I somehow processed with ipiccy. I remember I’d tinted the whole picture red at one point which made her uniform blend in too much so I think I inverted the colors just to see what would happen and came up with this beautiful aqua color. Hence Tarkor was created! The turtle was a crazy weird two-headed stuffy we found hidden here at Grandma Ida’s when we moved in. Her tricorder is a Nintendo controller. I got a little lazy with her “red shirt” uniform (no badge, no black) but I thought the picture would speak for itself.