When was the last time you saw a tiny baby lifting weights, mowing the lawn or walking to work with a briefcase in hand? Almost, never right? Well! A talented father-of-two used Photoshop to make just that happen.
Skilled Photoshop-user Matt MacMillan shared these images with Bored Panda, and he also wrote about the inspiration for the photo shoot.
The father said: ‘Our son Ryan was born nine weeks premature weighing just under 3 lbs. He spent six weeks in the NICU and it seemed to last forever.’
‘We joked that he wasn’t premature just “advanced” – so I came up with the idea that we should do a photo shoot of him doing manly adult things.’
He further explained his work behind the photos saying that it took between 15-20 minutes to take each photo.
He added: ‘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.
‘Some of the setups were elaborate – like for the bench press photo. For this one, I made a rig that hung from the ceiling.
He said,’It mounted the camera and also held the barbell above Ryan so all he had to do was grip it rather than holding it up.”
Matt’s wife helped her husband with the photos by holding Ryan’s arms, legs, and hands.
He also explained the process of photoshop. He said that he first took dozens of photos of Ryan in different positions. Then he found the various objects that he could Photoshop into the photos in order to make it look real in Ryan’s photo.
He said, ‘After I got the pictures of Ryan, I would take some shots of anything that he couldn’t actually hold, like the axe swinging or the fish on the fishing line. After each shoot, I would comb through these hundreds of photos and choose the best ones.
‘I then used Photoshop to remove myself from the pictures and combine the best parts of his body into a unified composite photo.”
Matt is a great photo editor as the photographs are so perfectly edited that people have accused him of putting his baby in danger.
About this situation, he said, ‘I always explained how the “danger” all came from Photoshop and he was always being held and was never in any harm.
‘I’m curious to see what Ryan thinks of them 18 years from now when he’s actually grown up.’
As soon as these photos came out, they received dozens of comments. Everyone was admiring the adorable baby.
One user commented saying: ‘Ryan is adorable and I’m pleased that he’s doing well. Also, those pictures are adorable and hilarious. I really love the poker picture and the one of him mowing the lawn – or at least trying to.’
Another user said: ‘Awesome photos. My daughter was premature also at only 4lbs. Scary times for sure but she’s now 8 and I couldn’t be more proud.
‘Congrats to you and your family,’ they added.
Yet another said, ‘Matt congrats on Ryan coming so far! What a great looking little guy and you two are evidently doing an amazing job parenting.”
Source – Bored Panda