Certain photoshopped images have the ability to make you laugh and for good reason.
Matt MacMillan utilised his photo-editing talents to re create some of his works of art which feature his son. When his daughter Ella was born thats when his photoshopping began. He created a series of images displaying the newborn playing sports, and the results were hilarious. Matt wanted to do the same when his son, Ryan, was born.
Ryan was born nine weeks premature, weighing just under 3 pounds, Matt explains. While in the NICU for the first 6 weeks, Matt and his wife decided to look for the positive. They joked that Ryan wasn’t premature, but “advanced.” This joke spurred an idea for Ryan to do a photo series with his premature son. The images would show him doing all grown-up, “manly” things to combat the notion that premature babies are somehow weak.
Although the photos took quiet some effort, the results are absolutely hilarious and worth every minute Matt and his wife put into the project.
Matt and Alyssa MacMillan have two children. Ella their first born who is 2 years old and Ryan who was born premature is 6 months old.
Matt began to play around with photoshopping his kids when Ella was only a month old. Now that his son was born he was excited to see what he’d be able to do.
Ryan was born nine weeks early and spent six weeks in the NICU before he was able to go home.
Matt and Alyssa joked that the preemie was actually “advanced.” A joke that inspired the photos Matt created using Ryan as his baby model.
Matt explained his process and some shots were obviously harder to put together than others.
“Each shoot took about 15-20 minutes. Most of the work is in the setup and editing. First, I had to make props and find outfits for most of the pictures,” he explained.
“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 benchpress photo,” Matt wrote.
“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.”
Handling a newborn and a camera can prove to be a very difficult if not impossible. However he had plenty of assistance from his wife, Alyssa.
“My wife often helped out by holding him so I could put his hands/arms/legs in certain positions, holding things,” he explained. “After I got the pictures of Ryan, I would take some shots of anything that he couldn’t actually hold, like the ax swinging or the fish on the fishing line.”
Matt would then scroll through the many pictures to look for usable components. Once he compiled these elements together and made composite images, the finished photos were outstanding.
People have absolutely fallen in love with the sweet pictures of Ryan. Naturally, a few people have also expressed concern for Ryan’s safety.
Matt has assured everyone that Ryan was never in any actual danger. All the crazy, funny elements included are merely the work of photo-editing magic!
Having a premature baby can be a very stressful experience for parents, but Matt and Alyssa made the most of it.
Matt even offered advice for other parents: “My three pieces of advice for parents of premature babies are to be patient, be positive, and seek support.”
Ryan has grown up so fast! We bet he’ll get a kick out of these pictures when he’s all grown up.
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