Dave Engledow says he can take around 100 photos of his daughter to capture a pose that will work in the completed image. Click for more photos

Photos: World's best father

Dave Engledow says he can take around 100 photos of his daughter to capture a pose that will work in the completed image.

  • "Alice Bee's mother is away for 3 weeks on business and didn't leave very clear instructions on how or what to feed her," the caption read.
  • Engledow wrote, "When I set out to make this shot, there were 3 rules that had to be observed: 1. No open flame near the baby. 2. No fireworks near the baby. 3. No flame near the fireworks. Therefore, this final image required me to create a manipulation of 3 different images."
  • Engledow wrote on his Facebook page: "From the minute we put Alice Bee's car seat on top of the car, she started giggling uncontrollably and she kept laughing (real, sustained belly laughs) the entire time we were shooting. I honestly think she recognized that being on top of mommy's car instead of inside was a silly situation which caused her to laugh harder than she's ever laughed at anything in her first 9 months."
  • Engledow uses a timer to take his carefully staged photos.
  • This photo was captioned, "Alice Bee is finally old enough to take over my portion of the weekly household chores."
  • "Just a little off the top ..."
  • In a scene familiar to many parents, Engledow says, "I only turned my back on Alice Bee for 30 seconds to see what kind of ice cream we had in the freezer ..."
  • Writes Engledow, "Alice Bee knows that if she doesn't mow the yard quickly enough, I'll use all of her milk for my coffee."
  • Even pizza night goes astray when Alice Bee and her dad are in the kitchen.
  • Olympics fever hit the Engledow home: "With only 4 years until Rio, Alice Bee's really gonna need to get over her fear of heights if she's to have any shot at all of making the 2016 diving team."

When his daughter was born in 2010, Dave Engledow knew he wanted to “put together a collection of photos that she would treasure as an adult.”

Two years and almost 60 professional photographs later, he’s achieving that goal – and then some.

The character I portray in this series is intended to be a parody of the father I hope I never become 

Engledow and his daughter Alice Bee are the subjects of his ongoing ‘World’s Best Father’ series, which sees the duo in a range of dangerous – yet darkly humorous – situations.

After first creating the photos for friends and family, Engledow decided to make a calendar of the images in 2011. This year, after the photos have been seen by a wider audience via his Facebook page and Fotoblur gallery, he’s started a campaign to make a larger run of 2013 calendars to be sold in time for Christmas. Donations can be made via his Kickstarter page.

On his Facebook page, Engledow explains that he achieves the pictures by taking a photo of himself in a posed position, then by taking a photo of his daughter. The images are merged in Photoshop, where the dangerous elements are added – his daughter is never actually in harms’ way, he says.   

“The 4th of July image is the one that really got the WBF series off and running, and provides the template for the vast majority of images in this series – multiple shots taken on a tripod and merged in Photoshop to create a (hopefully) realistic and humorous portrait of an act of parenting that is dangerous, neglectful, or just plain wrong,” he writes on his Kickstarter page.

Engledow’s wife is currently deployed overseas, but he says “she still is able to provide insight and assistance with image selection via google hangout.”  

“I've always used humor as a way to deal with my personal fears and neuroses, and in many way these images are often an attempt to do just that – to illustrate humorously the fears that I and, as I've learned, many other new fathers have about fatherhood.

“The character I portray in this series is intended to be a parody of the father I hope I never become – distracted, self-absorbed, neglectful, clueless, or even occasionally overbearing.”

Click through our gallery to see some of the World’s Best Father series, check out Engledow’s Facebook page to vote for which images should appear in the 2013 calendar, and watch a video of how the images are made below.