Let's just say these are not your typical family photos.
Here's what happens when your dad is a photographer who loves horror movies:
Dad Joshua Hoffine captures dazzling images of his daughters, which also just happen to include the stuff most kids' nightmares are made of!
But don't worry; the girls adore posing for their dad's horror photography. "They loved it. It was like a giant game of dress-up for them," Joshua said about the photo series entitled "After Dark, My Sweet." He adds, "They also knew we were making a scary picture—and loved the idea of scaring the audience as much as I did."
Um, yeah. I'm scared! And that's the point. A lot goes into these elaborate images. On his website, Joshua writes, "I stage my photo shoots like small movies with sets, costumes, elaborate props, fog machines, and special-effects makeup."
And why does he go to all this trouble? The answer is simple: He loves the psychology of fear. Some might say he's obsessed with it!
Here's hoping his daughters aren't too scared by these shoots that they can't sleep at night! The good news is that when they call out in the dark, their dad will hear the call... or will someone else? Muh-ha-ha-ha!
Hungry for more of these haunting images? Then check out Joshua's book "Horror Photography." As for me, I think I am sufficiently terrified by what I've seen already.
Anyone else have chills?
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.