It’s only natural for new parents to want to capture their child’s first days on camera to preserve and later share with their son or daughter in years to come. Newborn photoshoots are incredibly common and they just so happen to be Amy Haehl’s specialty. The pictures she takes are beautiful and heartwarming… and some are downright hilarious!
Read on to find out more about how the photos came about and to see loads more pictures from Haehl’s collection.
- Haehl wanted to make people smile. Literally! The photographer, who runs Coffee Creek Studio out of Shelbyville, Indiana, told CafeMom that she was looking through the many newborn photos she’d taken over the years when the idea came to her: why not put adult teeth on the babies to make it look as though they’re smiling? And that’s exactly what she did. “I just thought it was so funny and would be a great way to put a smile on people’s faces — literally,” Haehl said.
- Once she started, she couldn’t stop. While Haehl doesn’t specifically do shoots based on making photos like this, once she realized how hilarious it would be to add in a few shots of smiling, toothy newborns to the shoots she completed for new parents, she started taking some photos during each that would lend themselves to being easily altered.
- Thank goodness for FaceApp. While many people assume that Haehl must have used Photoshop to create such strangely creepy yet hilarious photos, she actually just used the mobile app FaceApp, which is pretty impressive!
- People are really loving these shots. Since she began sharing them on the Coffee Creek Studio Facebook page back in July, the smiley newborn photos have amassed more than 25,000 likes and nearly 50,000 shares. It seems her goal of making people smile has definitely worked! “I think these photos were popular with people because it is so different from the normal way babies look and they’re quite hilarious,” she told CafeMom.
- Haehl never could have anticipated the positive response she’s received. While Haehl hoped people might smile at her creations, she never anticipated them going viral. And while the parents of the altered babies have been “very understanding” and enjoyed her creations, Haehl has made sure to keep them in the loop to ensure everyone is comfortable. “Overall we all had a good laugh but still agree their babies are perfectly beautiful without teeth!” she said.
- If you want to see more, you can follow Haehl’s work online. Coffee Creek Studio has a website, a Facebook page, and you can find Haehl on Instagram as well @coffeecreekstudio.