'World's Best Father' Uses Parenthood As The Inspiration Behind His Extraordinary Photo Series

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

When photographer Dave Engledow became a father, he saw it as an opportunity to create photos that his daughter, Alice Bee, would one day appreciate. But instead of shooting those cutesy images you're so used to scrolling through on your news feed, Engledow decided to focus on satirizing traditional family photography. The pictures were met with praise by his friends and family as he continued to produce them. 

"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," Engledow wrote on Kickstarter. "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." 

Back in 2014, Engledow collected some of these photos in a book titled Confession's Of The World's Best Father which featured photos of him and his daughter riding tiny bikes around their kitchen, arm wrestling, and dropping things in the toilet. 

Since then, Engledow has continued to put together hilarious family photos of his daughter, and sometimes his wife, in a project titled World's Best Father

"When she looks back at this and these images, I want her to have nice memories of this thing she and Daddy did together," Engledow told The Washington Post this year. 

We compiled some of our favorites below: 
















This story is inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul's Project Dad, a television series about the joy of fatherhood and family.