This has to be the cutest presidential photoshoot in American history!
Mother-of-two Shan Bonelli-Moore wants her kids to always remember that they can achieve anything they set their minds to; even the position behind the Resolute desk. To help them visualize and get a taste of the limitless opportunities that lie ahead of them, she got in touch with Erika Seress of The Pod Photography in Los Angeles with a very "presidential" idea: recreate the Barack Obama-era Oval Office for her son Maximus' first birthday photoshoot. Seress and team rose to the challenge spectacularly and the result is the cutest presidential photoshoot America has ever seen.
"At The Pod Photography, we create custom kid photo sets based on parents' passions and interests. In this case, our client wanted to make a statement with an ever-present reminder that their kids can achieve anything – even President! They wanted their son's first birthday photo set to be the Oval Office from Obama's Presidency," Seress told Upworthy. "We are best known for our custom set design, and Max's mom knew that we were the only ones who could pull off her vision!" While recreating the nation's highest office was no walk in the park, The Pod Photography team proved to be more than up to the task.
"Designing a set this detailed is very labor-intensive and challenging to execute since there are so many pieces to create. The final set looks effortless, but it was about 30 hours of research, sourcing materials, and testing before the day of the photo session," revealed Seress. "I was so excited by the family's inspiration for their images and set out to create a kid-scaled Oval Office down to the smallest detail. I purchased fabric and made the wallpaper, curtains, and re-created the exact artwork on the walls. But I am most proud of the Resolute Desk, which we sourced and customized from a local furniture store. We even printed photos of the little guy's family to fill the famous frames behind the desk!"
And just so you know, Little Max — who looked like a total professional while answering calls from behind his toddler-sized Resolute desk — is already making a bid for the presidency. He "launched" his 2054 campaign with a custom cake by Top Tier Treats designed to look like a classic presidential button in red, white, and blue.
Max's big sister Sydney also joined him in the Oval Office, giving us a glimpse of how badass a female president would look behind the Resolute desk. "The kids were really excited to play with the props and make-believe on the set. The kids and family loved their final images and were really happy that I could bring their vision to life," said Seress.
Bonelli-Moore thanked The Pod Photography on Instagram for the stellar job they did with the photoshoot, writing: "Loved celebrating Maximus on his birthday. This photoshoot was the cherry on top. You took my vision and recreated it just as I imagined it in my head. Thank you for helping us kick off the campaign and we hope to have your vote in 2054."
With the photos going viral on social media at such a crucial time in American politics, Seress hopes they will have a larger impact on parents and kids across the world. "Perhaps these photos, and the hope and optimism they portray, will encourage and inspire parents and kids everywhere to follow their passions and achieve their dreams. I also want parents to see that they can embrace issues that are meaningful to them in a lighthearted, creative way to include and influence their children," she said.
Seress also shared a few words of advice for parents planning toddler photoshoots. "Come up with a concept that is unique to you or your child and then have fun creating a custom theme," she recommends. "IF you are attempting to do the photoshoot yourself, ask a friend or family member to be your assistant. It is really tricky to both take the photos and keep a toddler in one place – so your assistant can do all of the grunt work while you capture the shots!"