Dave Engledow--father, photographer, creative genius--chronicles his daughter's childhood with these touching and hilarious portraits.
Dave Engledow knew he wanted to do something different when his daughter, Alice Bee, was born. He wanted to document her childhood, but refused to plaster the typical cutesy baby photos across Facebook. Instead he was drawn to the concept of satirizing the entire idea of poignant baby photos.
He also originally didn't plan on including himself in the photos. But: "I was inspired (probably due to lack of sleep) to portray what new fatherhood felt like to me at the time--I wanted to show the cluelessness and exhaustion felt as a new father, while poking fun at myself," Mr. Engledow explained in an interview to promote his book, Confessions of the World's Best Father.
The result? Well, just take a look. Mr. Engledow has Alice Bee ranching cats, participating in the notorious deflategate, and crawling out of TVs. And he's quick with a quip as well. All of the captions are his, accompanying his photos on his Facebook page.
Mr. Engledow may just live up to his coffee mug.
"I never really minded diaper duty when Alice Bee was a baby."
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"Bedtime routine with Alice Bee has never been routine."
"Jelly extraction. Alice Bee and I both agree--the jelly's the best part."
"As soon as she was old enough to stand, I made sure to teach Alice Bee the importance of helping Daddy with his chores."
"Outvoted. When Jen and Alice Bee told me they were reserving the TV for the Puppy Bowl, I had no idea it was on at the same time as the Super Bowl."
"Equipment manager. In honor of the Superbowl tonight, I thought I'd take a few minutes to teach Alice Bee the proper way to win a football game."
"Valentine's Day Formula for Success. For that special someone in your life, follow my tried and true formula for success: Surprise them when they get home with a box of chocolates, bottle of wine, and a handmade card."
Alice Bee rings in the new year with her father.
"Secret Lair Ninja Turtle House! After Alice Bee's enthusiastic response to her birthday present (watch here: http://youtu.be/EjI9sb4v_8Q) I thought it would be fun for her to get to explore the sewer lair with Michelangelo and Leonardo."
"Bringing home the tree. It wasn't until we had already chopped down the tree that I realized I had left the bungee cords at home. Luckily, Jen and Alice Bee were able to keep the tree secure for the 50 mile return trip."
"Cat ranching. Well, the marketing team for our new book DID say that we need to work on branding."
"Alice Bee's tea parties are always BYOB."
"I should have known better than to let Alice Bee watch that old video tape she found in the basement."
"Airplane ride. After three and a half years of free airplane rides, Alice Bee is finally old enough to return the favor."
Be sure to check out Dave Engledow's book to find even more adorable photos.