There are many ways to capture snippets of your little one's childhood, but this custom photo option is one of the most imaginative we've ever seen. This series, titled My Monster & Me is a beautiful and unique collaboration between photographer Anna Angenend and illustrator Amy Snyder -- and it brings childhood imaginary friends to life by pairing whimsical photography with lovely original illustrations conceptualized by your child. Keep reading to learn more.
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“She is waiting for me to finish drawing her picture so she can see it.”
-Irelyn Age 6
“My yellow monster doesn’t want to brush his teeth, because he LOVES his cavities.”
Photographer Anna Angenend and illustrator Amy Snyder first teamed up when Angenend was inspired by her own daughter’s vivid imagination about her imaginary monster friend who wouldn’t brush his teeth because “he liked his cavities.” The project idea grew from there and each custom photo in the series is personally inspired by each individual child’s personality and imaginative play.
“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.”
Each custom portrait uses the stories of the child to create a beautiful adaptation of what the child sees and explains the quirky personalities of the monster (or sometimes dragon) in question.
Babies can have monsters too!
Of course, with younger children, such as Evangeline, age 18 months, the story of their imaginary friends may be less clear, but that doesn’t mean babies and young toddlers are left out. With younger children, Angenend does her best to capture what may be going on in your child’s imagination. For example, for the photo above, Angenend explains, “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.”
“I want to invite the moon to our party.”
Age 2, New Year’s Eve 2014
Some monsters are just here for a short visit! Perhaps a party or two.
“I don’t like to get soap in my eyes when I wash my hair, but my monster makes it fun.”
Maximus monster is a brilliant example of a monster who can take the fall for a child who may have, you know, flooded the bathroom floor or created some other mess. Only in this case the mess is captured in a really sweet way.
If you’d love to have your own little one captured with his or her imaginary monster friend, then you’re in luck, because while photographer Angenend currently reside in San Antonio, TX she notes, “I will travel anywhere in the world with a good enough excuse, such as a really awesome photo session!” To learn more about having your child’s custom photo and illustration commissioned, simply contact Angenend and Snyder at [email protected]