In 2013, there was no shortage of creative ideas. In fact, we here at My Modern Met put out about 4,500 posts showing you story after story of ordinary people making extraordinary works of art. Of course, there was one group who not only inspired us but stole our hearts. They were the mothers and fathers who were inspired by their own children to bring forth something creative to this world. Whether that meant photographing their sons or daughters in a sweet and heart-felt way, or collaborating with them in creating whole new works of art, these parents stood out to the world in a brave and beautiful way. And while these ten people never really showed their own faces, their genuine love and admiration for their children always shined through.
This baby is having the time of her life in these creative adventures by Sweden-based photographer Emil Nystrom. Featuring his own daughter, Signhild, as the main subject, Nystrom developed a series of innovative concepts. In the photoshopped compositions, the little one is doing all sorts of bizarre things like fixing a car, performing cannonballs in the bathtub, and floating along behind an airplane. See more, here.
Each image in the collection features Nagano's daughter Kanna standing in the middle of an empty road, filling the streets with her big personality. Accompanied by a variety of props and the occasional, cute costume, Kanna managed to steal the show with her animated facial expressions. The portraits revealed the young girl's imaginative and playful side with her diverse, theatrical poses and enthusiastic energy. See more, here.
Artist and mom Nina Levy has taken leaving notes in school lunches to another level. In addition to pedaling her sons to school by cargo bike in New York City, she packs their lunches with napkin drawings. The vivid ink drawings feature their favorite cartoon, comic, and video game heroes (often holding fruit instead of weapons). See more, here.
As far as photos posted on Instagram go, they don't get much cuter than this. Tokyo, Japan-based mother Aya Sakai charts the adventures of her young son and his best friend, which just happens to be a French Bulldog, using the popular photo sharing app. Whether they're cuddling on the couch or watching tv on a cushion, the two just can't seem to get enough of each other. See more, here.
Saint Petersburg, Russia-based photographer Andy Prokh has taken these sweet, storytelling photos of his daughter Katherine growing up with her curiously cute British Shorthair cat, named LiLu Blue Royal Lada. Both of his subjects have oodles of personality which shines through in every image. See more, here.
Artist David LaFerriere's kids must be constantly thrilled to open up their lunch boxes. After making the kids' sandwiches, LaFerriere uses sharpie pens to draw a quick illustration on the outside of the plastic bag. He photographs his work, and the kids don't see the artwork until they sit down at school to have their meal. See more, here.
Four years ago, Malaysian mother Samantha Lee couldn't have expected that the adorable food art she was making for her two daughters would, one day, rocket her to fame. She's become an inspiration to mothers all around the world that you can get creative without expensive gadgets or tools. In fact, Lee cuts up rice, bread, vegetables and fruits with ordinary around-the-house items like scissors and knives. See more, here.
Illustrator Mica Angela Hendricks loves drawing faces inspired by old black and white movie stills, but what she didn't realize she was missing was the imaginative touch of her 4-year-old daughter. One day, while she was pulling out one of her precious sketchbooks, her daughter caught a glimpse and asked if she could draw in it. Hendricks, who's very protective of her art supplies, was overpowered by the tiny artist and decided to share her work with her daughter. See more, here.
Redditor Tatsputin is a working dad who finds himself traveling out of state for ten days out of every month, but he takes a piece of his kids with him through their adorably scribbled drawings. While on the plane, the loving father affectionately colors in the drawings his tiny tots made for his trip and hands it back to them upon his return. He modestly states, “Nothing fancy. The kids love them.” See more, here.
The Chinese mother of three channeled her passion for photography into creating epic adventures for one of her little sleeping sons, Wengenn. Watch as he flies on a trapeze while a crowd of stuffed animals cheers him on or check out he's already breaking hearts when he arranges a romantic dinner with his female teddy bear. Of course, the most impressive fact of all is that Queenie creates these adventures with ordinary items like plain clothes, sheets, scarves and stuffed animals. See more, here.