Becoming a dad is one of the proudest moments of many men's lives. The moment they hold their little one in their arms for the first time is the moment when their life changes forever. Unfortunately, there a times when a pregnancy doesn't go exactly how it's planned and babies are born too early. This proud father of a premature baby took what is usually a frustrating time, and turned it into a time for laughter and fond memories.
Matt MacMillan was excitedly awaiting the birth of his baby boy, but things happened a little faster than planned.
Matt's son Ryan was born nine weeks early. Weighing in at only 3 pounds, Ryan needed to stay in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit for the first six weeks of his life. Despite being a small guy at first, his father knew that he was destined for greatness.
When Matt's daughter was born, he Photoshopped her playing sports like an adult.
Matt knew that he wanted to do the same thing since before he was born, but he didn't decide on the theme until Ryan was finally home. "We joked that he wasn’t premature just “advanced” – so I came up with the idea that we should do a photoshoot of him doing manly adult things," explained Matt.
Matt's idea may have been cute and simple, but executing it was far from easy.
"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," explained Matt.
When Matt was finished with setting up the props, he moved on to the next step.
"The next step was setting up the scene, framing the shot, arranging props, and setting up the lighting where appropriate," Matt explained. Despite all of Matt's hard work, he wouldn't have been able to do it all on his own.
Luckily, Matt had the perfect person volunteer to be his assistant for the job.
Matt explains that his loving wife was always nearby to lend a helping hand. "My wife often helped out by holding him so I could put his hands/arms/legs in certain positions, holding things. After I got the pictures of Ryan," he said.