IN PICTURES: Dad's parody maternity shoot will have you in pieces

Martyn Wilkes Photography
Martyn Wilkes Photography
Martyn Wilkes

The internet has given us just about every conceivable version of the maternity shoot.  

From the how'd they do that of underwater pregnancy shoots to that time a mom-to-be posed with 20 000 live bees, we've seen it all. 

That's exactly what photographer Martyn Wilkes thought when he cooked up this epic parody paternity shoot.   

"I'd been doing back-to-back maternity shoots and they were getting quite monotonous. I wanted to do something different and fun, make people laugh... which it did, much more than I could ever have imagined!" he told Parent24. 

The now viral photo shoot features the photographer's friend, Paco, who's just a little too good at embodying the ethereal expecting mother. 

"Paco did good, we achieved the 'feeling' I was looking for... eventually. It was very difficult to contain the laughing during the session... I had to keep telling Paco to take this shoot seriously and to 'feel' the love of his unborn child." 

And despite an overwhelming interest by pregnant women, Martyn says he has yet to repeat this very unconventional shoot. 

"I had lots of comments from pregnant mothers about getting their other halves to try out a paternity shoot but to date nobody has actually been brave enough to step forward."

Check out the photos below: 

Why Paco did it

Clearly comfortable with his masculitnity (and fully in touch with his feminine side), Paco's motivation for taking on the paternity shoot is actually 22 years in the making. 

After welcoming a new addition to the family, Paco was tasked with the birth registration of his baby girl, but instead made his way to the local watering hole to celebrate. 

“His second daughter is called Natalia but was supposed to be called Noelia (hence the name he chose for his belly painting),” revealed Martyn.

“All those years back when his still recovering wife sent him off to register the birth of Natalia he stopped off at the local bar, big mistake. Paco ended up drinking one too many San Miguels and ended up scrawling out the newborn’s name which was interpreted as Natalia NOT Noelia.” 

"He said he wanted to use this opportunity to apologise to his wife, and hopefully be forgiven for his drunken mistake 22 years earlier." 

We'd say, these images more than makes up. 

The gift that keeps on giving? 


Visit Martyn Wilkes Photography for more of this genius photographer's work. 

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