Creative Mom's Baby Photo Series Will Melt Your Heart

by Myla Cruz

If you woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, these adorable newborn photos will turn your day around before your first cup of coffee. Los Angeles photographer and new mom Laura Izumikawa has turned her four-month-old daughter’s nap time into a pop culture-referencing fashion show, which has the world falling in love. 

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When Izumikawa realized the method of “sleep when the baby sleeps” just wasn’t working for her, she turned the time into an unmatched game of dress-up. Izumikawa takes hilarious photos of her daughter Joey Marie Choi dressed in costumes, each featuring a cute pop culture nod. 

Little Joey Marie has unconsciously taken on the role of animated characters such as the The Little Mermaid’s Ariel and Pokemon’s Pikachu, as well as icons like Beyonce, Skrillex, and most recently, Bjork. You can see the entire adorable series on Izumikawa's Instagram, which also includes references to Stranger Things and Star Wars. 

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Recalling her initial inspiration, Izumikawa told the Huffington Post, I would end up just staring at her face all day and night, because I was just so in love. Because Joey slept so deeply, I thought it’d be fun adding little props on her just to send some hilarious pictures to our parents. It was a way to memorialize her growth and little milestones.”

If you’re wondering, Joey hasn’t let Instagram fame stop her from catching those cozy afternoon naps. “A couple times she’s woken up while I’m dressing her up, but she’ll just look at me a little dazed and then fall right back to sleep,” Izumikawa said. “I really hope she’ll see the photos and videos in the future and have a good laugh. Hopefully she’ll see how loved she was.”

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Tell us in the comments: How do you maximize fun or relaxation during your child’s naptime? 

images @lauraiz

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