Kids have often proven to be the best photo subjects. Their honesty in front of the camera and their lack of self-consciousness makes for photos that instantly become family keepsakes. In recent years, people have been recreating their childhood gems, tapping into their inner child to rediscover silly facial expressions, goofy poses, just plain sense of fun. Check out this gallery of our favorite childhood recreations below.
Most teenagers deal with plenty of stress, from school to homework to their home life. This 16-year-old kid had to deal with his parents, Dale and Rochelle, waving as he left for school. Not wanting to endure the embarrassment any longer, Rain told his mother, “Don’t let Dad go out there again.”
Instead of listening to his son, however, Dale had something else in store. The pictures below show Dale’s clever response to his son’s request.
“My family’s bizarre Easter tradition: hard boiled egg-toss/mouth-catch. Here are the rules: color your eggs then pick a favorite. Everyone holds their egg point-side up, then my Grandpa would walk down the line tapping his best egg on your egg. If your egg broke, he moved down the line, if his egg broke you moved on. The person with the best egg was the winner.
After the egg breaking, we would pick teams and go out on the lawn and throw the eggs from ever-increasing distances and you had to catch your teammates egg in your mouth. There was no clear winner of this. I literally thought every family did this until I joined the military in 2000.”
A good sense of humor can get you through anything, even parenthood. Steven Crowley is a Dublin, Ireland-based designer who puts his particularly dark sensibility to use in a series of photos depicting his daughter in a variety of white-knuckle-inducing dangerous scenarios, like climbing a ladder or using kitchen knives. As he wrote on Reddit, his goal is to depict “marginally dangerous” situations. “Nothing unbelievable, but enough to make people think ‘Wait, did he..?'”
Well, his Photoshop game is so strong, you’d be forgiven for thinking the photos are real. Check out the gallery below:
When the kids go down for a nap, it’s often a chance for Mom and Dad to catch a breather. But for Japanese photographer and mother of twins Ayumi Omori, it’s time to get to work. For the past year, she’s been designing fantastical dreamscapes around her sleeping children and then photographing them for her Instagram account. Omori waits for the kids to go under and then, based on their natural sleeping poses, comes up with a dream idea and uses various fabrics to make it happen. The dreamscapes range from typical kid scenes like playing in the backyard, to run-ins with Muppets and other kid-friendly pop culture characters. (Somehow without waking up either kid. They must be the heaviest sleepers in the world.)
Check out this gallery of Omori’s creations below.
Heather Larkin is an Athens, Georgia-based portrait photographer whose business, Fairyography, caters to little girls’ dreams come true, dressing them like fairies and photographing them in ethereal settings. Last year, Heather spoofed her business on April Fool’s Day in a photo series she called Hairyographgy–pretty much the same idea as Fairyography, but swapping little girls for hairy adult men. Sure enough, when the Internet got wind of the joke project, Hairyography took on a life of its own. Heather reprised it for April Fool’s this year and compiled the best selections into a calendar, whose proceeds go to prostate cancer research.
Now, grab your beard oil and enjoy this gallery of whimsical, hirsute gentlemen below.