Part of being a parent is taking as many photos as possible. As time passes, those memories that once felt like they’d last forever are often gone in a flash. So beyond capturing those fleeting moments, one dad has taken his family photos to a new, surreal level.
Swiss Photographer, John Wilhelm, creates these incredible shots with a keen eye for staging along with assistance from his wife, three daughters and young son. Sure, any parent can snap a shot of their kids, and some can even photoshop them into funny situations, but Wilhelm’s creations are like something out of a dream.
Whether it’s a day spent inside, cooking up some baked goods, or an adventure that takes them to seemingly unimaginable and far away places, Wilhelm’s photographs are so real, that only the unlikely nature of the scenarios reveal their true nature.
The scenes, which range from joyous to chaotic, have invoked awe and emotion from viewers around the globe, receiving hundreds of thousands of shares, likes, and comments.
Although they’ve all been digitally altered or enhanced, the staging and angles show Wilhelm’s talent both as a digital artist as well as a top-notch photographer. One commenter came to the dad’s defense when another said these weren’t true photos.
“These kinds of images still require a skilled photographers eye. You have to understand light, composition, perspective and how to photograph each element to be a cohesive image.”
Dozens of these highly detailed and highly dramatic shots have been shared by sites and outlets from the UK to here in the states.
Wilhelm didn’t get these skills working for Pixar or attending some high-end design school. Instead, he taught himself all the techniques necessary to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. He even shared a video of what it takes for him to create one of these amazing shots from start to finish.
So, if you have a little extra time, Adobe Creative Suite, and a discerning eye for detail, perhaps you too can craft a few of these jaw-dropping shots at home. Otherwise, just head on over to John’s Facebook page by clicking here to enjoy a bunch more of his shots.