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Every parent loves to take plenty of photos of their children as they grow up, but not many people’s family portraits are like those of photographer Joshua Hoffine. Hoffine uses his daughters to stage elaborate and scary scenes using props and costumes.

The sets look like they’re from horror movies and feature zombies, wolves, nightmarish ghouls and demons, creepy clowns, monster hands emerging from under a bed. Anything that would ordinarily scare the hell out of a kid. Heck it would scare the hell out of an adult.

But each scene is meticulously crafted and features his daughters who have grown up in the photos as Hoffine has been making them for over a decade.

“I stage my photo shoots like small movies, with sets, costumes, elaborate props, and special effects makeup,” Hoffine told Buzzfeed. “I stage everything live in front of the camera, and use friends and family as actors and crew, including my daughters. In many ways, this project was inspired by my children, when I noticed that they were afraid of the same things that I had been frightened of at their age. I became increasingly interested in the psychology of fear — where does it come from? How does it work?”

The photos explore themes and terrors that children are commonly frightened of, but Hoffine notes that staging the photos has never upset his children or made them afraid.

The results are brilliantly realised photos. You can check out some below, head to Hoffine’s website for more. He’s also releasing his first book which he’s funded through Kickstarter.

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