Dad creates whimsical photos of his kids, and the result is pure magic

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“My name is John Wilhelm. I was born 1970 in Winterthur, Switzerland, where I still live together with my wife, our three girls and our son, and lots of camera-equipment.

John Wilhelm is a photoholic
John Wilhelm is a photoholic

Photography was always important in my life. My father was an enthusiastic hobby-photographer and so I grew up in an environment of cameras, magazines, lenses, self-made camera-baggage’s, darkrooms and funny weddings.

John Wilhelm is a photoholic

I wasn’t very excited back then about the film and development processes. The importance of photography changed into joy when I was holding my first digital camera in my hands. The fire was sparked and a long journey began — a journey through lots of camera systems, techniques, experiences and finally software products.

John Wilhelm is a photoholic

February 2011, I decided to take a step across the border of plain photography. I entered the world of Photoshop and now it was basically possible to realize everything that’s in my mind. But wait… something was missing. Right. The actors and models. Fortunately, I have the great luck to be the father of a handful of natural talents.

John Wilhelm is a photoholic
John Wilhelm is a photoholic
John Wilhelm is a photoholic
John Wilhelm is a photoholic
John Wilhelm is a photoholic

Just for fun I started to try out ideas with my oldest daughter Lou when she was perhaps 1 to 2 years old (approximately seven years ago). And every time she was so great and had so much fun I was inspired to realize more and more ideas. And her sisters turned out to be also very great. It seems like Mila and Yuna could learn a lot from Lou and now I can easily work with all three of them.

John Wilhelm is a photoholic
John Wilhelm is a photoholic

Meanwhile our crazy family album has got hundreds of funny (and sometimes also meaningful) images, and our closest relatives are always very happy when they get our annual family calendar as a Christmas gift.

John Wilhelm is a photoholic
John Wilhelm is a photoholic
John Wilhelm is a photoholic
John Wilhelm is a photoholic
John Wilhelm is a photoholic

By the way, our little boy, Nio, is only 7 months now, but I’m pretty sure he will bring some fresh air in our girl-dominated photo scene pretty soon. Stay tuned!”

John Wilhelm is a photoholic

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