A hilarious series of photographs featuring a father and his toddler daughter have become a huge online hit. Titiled ‘The World’s Best Father’, Dave Engledow, from Tahoma Park, Maryland, can be seen posing alongside adorable two-year-old Alice Bee in a number of unlikely scenarios.
They show Mr. Engledow apparently losing to his little girl in an arm-wrestling match, reading Twilight to her at bedtime, and driving his car as she giggles in the carrier on its roof.
The collection, published on Kickstarter and Facebook, shows the youngster seemingly washing dishes, ironing, vacuuming and whipping up pancakes for her father’s breakfast in bed. She is even seen sitting in a steaming pot on the stove, holding a lit flame and having apparently sliced her father’s fingers with a pizza cutter.
He revealed that the first photo in the series was produced as a joke, shared only with family and friends.
‘I wanted to capture the dazed, sleep-deprived obliviousness of the new father’. He is seen absent-mindedly clutching the baby like a football while pouring milk from her bottle into his coffee.
‘I wanted to capture the dazed, sleep-deprived obliviousness of the new father…’ he wrote.
‘Right before staging the shot, inspiration hit and I decided that the shot might be stronger if the coffee mug said something like “father of the year” or some similar superlative so I purchased the mug that has since made an appearance in all 56 (and counting) images in this photo series.’
Mr. Engledow received such a positive reaction, he followed it with a second, this time themed around July 4th, which was approaching at the time.
It showed Alice Bee holding a lit match and chewing on a box of fireworks, as he absent-mindedly reads the sports section of the newspaper.
It was from this point that the World’s Best Father series truly took off, and Mr. Engledow created countless other images starring his young daughter.
Of course little Alice Bee is not really placed in any danger – Mr. Engledow is a Photoshop whiz having studied photojournalism in college, and each image is usually a composite of many individual photos, and can take up to 20 hours to create.
Describing the idea behind each image, he explains: ‘The character I portray in this series is intended to be a parody of the father I hope I never become – distracted, self-absorbed, neglectful, clueless, or even occasionally overbearing.’
It is a theme that appears to have struck a chord with thousands, and the World’s Best Father series is now to become a 2013 calendar featuring highlights from the collection. It appears that working with a toddler is not exactly easy though.
He told Today.com: “Alice, like most children her age, has a very short attention span.”
‘For shoots where we’re doing something she’s interested in (like eating a cookie or playing in the sink) it’s really easy to get the shot.”
“If it’s something she is less interested in doing, we just try to have a lot of patience, take breaks if she gets cranky, and occasionally try to incentivize her with fruit snacks to pose.”
Luckily, Mr. Engledow’s wife, Jen, a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, has been heavily-involved in the production of the images. She is currently serving a one-year tour of duty in Seoul, and continues to offer remote support and opinion on his latest works via Google Hangout.
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