Dad Turns Baby Into Real-life "Elf On The Shelf"

By now, most people have at least heard of "Elf on the Shelf." The little elfin spy appeared in stores in 2005, with an accompanying book. In the book, authors Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell describe how elves from the North Pole come to live with children from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. They keep tabs on them and report back to Santa, which determines who makes the desired nice list or the dreaded naughty one. The fun stems from the elf moving each night to a new, often silly hiding spot for the children to find each morning. While the new tradition has become a hit around the world, some parents have resisted, finding the elf creepy or just too much work.

That's why one Utahan dad (who found the elf creepy, but the idea fun) decided to make the tradition decidedly adorable with his real-life son.

Alan Lawrence, after observing all his friends' household elves, asked himself "What if it was a real elf?"

The answer? "Of course, being parents we already have the cutest little four-month-old. So we decided to make a fun series."


While dad might have had the idea, the project was a team effort. Baby Rockwell is obviously the star, while mom made his costume and dad poses and holds his son in place and edits himself out for the final images.

He's put out a lot of photos so far, generally with his little elf being more naughty than nice. He's wrapped the tree in toilet paper, the toilet in wrapping paper, chugged syrup straight from the bottle and more.

Luckily, in his normal, daily life Rockwell is definitely on the nice list. He's incredibly good-natured and more than happy to play along.

In fact, his parents are convinced that he really knows what he's doing and what "look" they're going for. Lawrence says that during shoots Rockwell is always "laughing and looking up at [him], exactly what [they] need for the shot."


The father-of-five has been thrilled with the positive responses he's received, but he was really taken by surprise. He thought someone had definitely done this before, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Dad has had lots of practice for this project, too. He's an art director by profession and he's also tackled a father-and-son photo project before. He's previously Photoshopped his son Will, who has Down syndrome, to look like he's flying to help raise awareness of the genetic condition.

Via: Sun Gazing

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