Last year I covered Dave Engledow’s Kickstarter campaign for a fabulous new photography project he had created. Well. That got funded in 5 short days, due to the sheer awesome hilarity and mad photo-shop skills displayed through his work. He went viral.
Now? Now he has fans all over the world. He printed the calendars as a limited edition of 1,500 and sold them all within the first 6 weeks or so, of which I bought quite a few of myself to give away as Christmas presents last year. One is on our own fridge. My son LOVES it and asks to take it down at least once a week to have a flip-through. It would seem people of all ages and walks of life dig his dark humour and have all fallen in love with the star of his photographic genius; his adorable toddler daughter, Alice Bee.
So where has all of this notoriety and success brought him? What’s on the horizon? Click through for a sneak peek of what Engledow will be publishing in his much anticipated, World’s Best Father book, to be released in June 2014 and a few glimpses of their everyday life together.
All images used with permission via Dave Engledow, be sure to check out my little interview with him after the slideshow!
Can you tell me a bit about what it’s like to parent a toddler solo for long stretches of time when your wife is on tour duty? I believe she’s home right now – is this correct?
Dave: Yes, Jen is home after a year away. Having a parent overseas is a challenge a lot of military families face, and support networks are very important. I was very lucky to have a lot of support with Alice while Jen was overseas–in addition to a wonderful caretaker who adores Alice and picked her up from pre-school every day, we also had many friends and colleagues volunteer to help out. We kept in touch with Mommy via FaceTime on the iPad, which was also a big help. Even with all of this, it was still a very exhausting year. Alice is a very energetic, curious and strong-willed two-year old, and she definitely kept me on my toes. Bedtime was particularly challenging at times, with Alice always wanting “one more story”. But we made it through the year, and are both extremely happy to have Jen back home with us.
You mention being at work…you mean you do something else outside of this?!?!
Dave: I have a full-time job as the Deputy Director of Working America, community affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Photography is currently something I do in what little free time I have. I generally shoot photos with Alice on the weekends and edit at night after she has gone to bed.
Any plans or details about the new book you’d like to share?
Dave: I’m very excited about the new book, which will be published by Gotham in June 2014. The book will contain at least 70 images from the WBF series, including a number of never-before-seen images that will be exclusive to the book.
Make sure to check out Engledow’s Facebook page, full of a fine mix of more hilarious, adorable and touching photos.
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