If there is one thing we know about parents of new children, it’s the fact that they want to share the details of their life adventure with the world. You probably see this when scrolling down through your Facebook feed or when looking at pictures on Instagram. It only takes a moment before you see dozens of pictures of babies, grandbabies, nieces, and nephews. They are often posed for the most perfect photos and show the day-to-day life of that family.
I’ll be the first one to admit, we could get a little sick of seeing all those pictures with the children when they aren’t our own. There is one father from New Jersey, however, that has been able to captivate the attention of millions of people with pictures of his young son.
Matt McMillan and Alyssa had a little girl named Ella and they took hundreds of pictures of her.
People were loving the pictures of Ella and she obviously loved the camera. Matt decided to take things a little further with Photoshop, however, to create pictures everyone would love.
Ella was photoshopped doing all types of unusual sports, such as skateboarding and shooting pool.
If young parents were to see their own newborn on a skateboard, their heart would probably skip a beat. Don’t worry, that uses Photoshop to put Ella in all these pictures and she is never in harm’s way.
The McMillan’s were excited when they found out that their family would be growing. Ella was getting ready to have a little brother but the pregnancy did not go as planned.
A 3-pound boy, Ryan, was born nine weeks premature.
“He spent 6 weeks in the NICU and it seemed to last forever,” Matt said.
Even though he was facing a difficult time, that still held onto his sense of humor.
His friends were treated to a lot of awesome photos of Ryan as he was growing.
When they brought Ryan home, the did what every parent does, they started to take snapshots.
“We joked that he wasn’t premature just “advanced” – so I came up with the idea that we should do a photoshoot of him doing manly adult things,” Matt told BoredPanda.
And he did just that.
At first, it started with a photo shoot of Ryan helping him in the yard. His friends started commenting on the pictures and before long, thousands of people were joining in the fun.
“Most people found them funny but there were always a few people that feared for Ryan’s safety. I always explained how the “danger” all came from photoshop and he was always being held and was never in any harm.”
Matt is curious what Ryan will think of everything once he turns 18.
If you have ever tried using Photoshop, you already realize that it is not as easy as just point-and-click. Hours are spent behind the camera and at the computer to create these images.
“Most of the work is in the setup and editing. First, I had to make props and find outfits for most of the pictures. The next step was setting up the scene, framing the shot, arranging props, and setting up the lighting where appropriate.”
Matt’s wife is in complete agreement with what he does in his free time. He says that they both have the same, unusual sense of humor and she even helps by holding Ryan.
That being said, there is some intense work that goes into it.
“Some of the setups were elaborate – like for the benchpress photo. For this one, I made a rig that hung from the ceiling. It mounted the camera and also held the barbell above Ryan so all he had to do was grip it rather than hold it up,” said Matt.
When a child is born prematurely, it could be a frightening experience for everyone involved. Matt has some advice for parents of premature babies:
“My three pieces of advice for parents of premature babies are to be patient, be positive, and seek support.”
We hope that more pictures of Ryan and Ella will come our way in the future.
In the meantime, here are some more photos of Ryan: