I teamed up with an illustrator Amy Snyder to create this whimsical photo series that brings children’s imaginary friends to life.
Inspiration for the series hit when my daughter said, “my monster won’t brush his teeth, because he loves his cavities.” The concepts are created for each photo based on the child’s personality and imaginative play. I then shoot the image, and Amy draws the Monster and illustrations, then I put it all together in Photoshop! We fell in love with all the “monsters” and their personalities, and love to create unique images for clients.
Mini Monster Meet Mini Human
Evangeline, age 18 months. What started as shading herself from the sun turned into an exciting day of play for some curious critters in the backyard. They were amazed at the size of the humongous monster that could pick up their home with ease. The monster had lots of squishy landings for sliding and jumping and quickly became their playground.
“She is waiting for me to finish drawing her picture so she can see it.” (Irelyn, age 6). Wendolyn is our trendy monster. She’ll never be caught with a self stick, she commissions artist to paint her. She’s an avid drinker of Kombucha.
Melvin & Mia Meet The Moon
“I want to invite the moon to our party.” (Mia, age 2. New Years Eve 2014). When Melvin made it to Earth, he wanted to show his appreciation to the Moon for helping him find his way, so he was more than happy to assist Mia in inviting the Moon to her New Years Eve party.
Maximus The Mess Maker
“I don’t like to get soap in my eyes when I wash my hair, but my monster makes it fun.” (Mia, age 3). Maximus never runs out of energy, and is always on the lookout for fun, even at the cost of leaving mass destruction in his path. We’ve lost count of the times he’s cannonballed into the tub and flooded the bathroom floor. Sometimes he forgets how big boned he is.
Mrs. Dolores Dragon
“The mama dragon is looking to see what I did to her eggs. I helped the baby dragon hatch, because babies are cute and I wanted to play with it.” (Irelyn, age 6). Dolores is an anxious first time mom, always checking on her eggs and her newly hatched baby. But once the rest of the eggs hatch, she’ll be a seasoned pro. She won’t even blink if one of the babies rolls out of the nest or accidentally burps up a fireball on their sibling.
Zasby Loves His Cavities
“My yellow monster doesn’t want to brush his teeth, because he LOVES his cavities.” (Mia, age 3). Zasby can look a little smelly and scary at first. Even though he’s a little shy from the beginning, he’s always excited to make new friends. He’ll explore your garbage can and jump in mud puddles with you, but he’ll never venture near soap and water.
Hot Mess Sheila
“Ow! Be careful, that hurts!” (Our girls every time we brush their hair). When Sheila’s peers at beauty school didn’t agree with her over-the-top flashy fashion and edgy hairdos, she dropped out and became the number one on-call beauty consultant for toddler and stuffed pet fashion emergencies. She’s just a phone call away at 1-800-HOT-MESS.
Cautious & Caring Cactus Larry
“He popped my balloons!” (Marie Elise, age 2). Larry has a difficult time getting close to people, so he was really excited about his playdate. He wore his best pot and his favorite hat, and picked up a bouquet of balloons and a package of bandaids just in case. Unfortunately, things didn’t go quite as he had hoped.
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