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The Whimsical World of a Six Year Old – Portraits by Adrian Sommeling

By Hanssie on November 18th 2013

Do you remember the antics of your 6-year-old self? Did you look under the bed for monsters? Did you torment the family pets with a slingshot? Or play a prank on an unsuspecting passerby? Perhaps you’ve ridden on an airplane’s wings high up in the sky, soaring over clouds with your best friend. No? Well, in Adrian Sommeling’s world, it’s possible.


Dutch photographer Adrian Sommeling, was inspired by seeing the world through the eyes of his 6-year-old son. “He likes to pose as a model for my creations, as long as I want to play with him after that. I’m happy he can focus for a long period of time when he has to act. Many children that are in front of the camera can only concentrate for a few minutes.”

[REWIND: Posing Guide for Photographing Children]

Having only been a professional photographer for two years, Sommeling has amassed an impressive following on his Facebook page, largely due to his whimsical and creative style that stands out and helps viewers reminisce about their own childhood shenanigans. Sommeling’s photographs shows his background as a graphic designer and web programmer with his usage of Photoshop to make his photos almost appear as paintings. Almost all of his photos are composites of several images.

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wallet_Adrian_SommelingSommeling also has a Youtube  channel showing how he creates some of his most popular images and he also encourages questions and comments on his Facebook page. Below is the making of “Fooled,” the image you see above.

CREDITS: All photographs by Adrian Sommeling are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

[via @My Modern Met/Images via @Adrian Sommeling]
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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Reynardt

    This is great work! Thanks for posting Hanssie ;)

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  2. Martin

    i love your work

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