Laura Izumikawa Choi is an established wedding photographer in Los Angeles, but it is the Instagram photos of her baby Joey that have captured the internet’s heart. During naptime, baby Joey is dressed up in casual cosplay to look like iconic pop-culture characters. She’s served as model for everyone from Han Solo to Misty from Pokémon, all while taking in her daily nap.
Baby Joey’s very first pop cosplay was Sia, and I’m sure the fact that she withstood a wig over her face and still took a deep-sleep was key in kicking off these cosplay naptime masterpieces. While Joey is a veteran of everyday cosplay, it was yesterday’s Stranger Things outfit that put her over the top, even being reposted by Netflix on their official instagram account. Who can resist a baby Eleven holding waffles?? I hope Joey isn’t trapped in the Upside Down in her dreams. The best part of these photoshoots has to be the behind the scenes videos. I dare you not to yawn while watching this child drift off to dreamland. Seeing Joey slowly fall asleep makes me wish I could lay down right now while writing this article. With the help of white noise she slowly drifts off, then Choi does the ultimate arm-drop test to make sure the baby is good to go.
Behind the shot: Anyone obsessed with #StrangerThings like I am?? If you haven’t seen it already, do yourself a favor and WATCH IT. Couldn’t believe we already had the perfect pink dress and Eggos at home for this #eleven look! | Joey went down in record time today. 1 minute! Must be all that mind-fighting with the demogorgon.🐉 A video posted by Laura Izumikawa Choi (@lauraiz) on
Say what you will about baby sleep patterns, this kid naps hard. Her REM is so deep she is easily dressed up with wigs, props, and gear and doesn’t even make a move the entire time. Watching Joey being dressed is almost as nail biting as seeing the climax of your favorite show. Will she wake up? Will the shot get ruined? We must find out! But this baby is a pro, a pro-sleeper and every photo is golden.
Check out more adorable photos of baby Joey in the gallery below and on Laura Izumikawa Choi’s instagram.
What pop-culture icon do you think baby Joey should tackle next? Let us know in the comments below!