We’ve all got that one person in our lives who is a total dad You know what I mean—they keep making puns and dad jokes and doing whatever they can to brighten everyone’s day in their own unique way. Father of two Kenny Deuss, from Antwerp in Belgium, is a total dad in the best possible way and I for one relate to him quite a bit (I make everyone groan with my dad jokes and I used to live in Belgium).
Whenever Kenny used to look after his firstborn and his girlfriend would be out, she’d ask him if little Alix was doing all right. That’s when humor-loving Kenny had a brilliant idea. He began photoshopping replies to the love of his life’s queries in the form of pictures. In them, he and the toddler would be in various dangerous, adventurous, and comic situations.
Since the very first photoshop, Kenny has amassed a following of over 157k fans on Instagram who eagerly await his latest photo-edited masterpiece. What’s more, the dad’s also started photoshopping pictures with his second child, Aster, who was born just this year, in 2021, as well.
Check out some of Kenny’s best new images below, upvote your faves, and when you’re done, have a look at our previous feature of his work right over here.
I had an absolutely lovely chat with Kenny about the process behind taking and editing each image, where he draws his inspiration from, how the last half-year has been amazing for him and his family, and what those of you Pandas who want to follow in the Photoshop wizard’s footsteps ought to do.
“Most pictures take a lot of time to make. To make the pictures as realistic as possible, I have to make sure the situation is as realistic as possible. This means we have to go to the location of the picture and also use the objects I need for the idea to work. Sometimes, I can add an artificial background or object, but this will make the result look a bit fake,” Kenny told Bored Panda. You’ll find my full interview with him below.
According to Kenny, the easiest photos to edit are the ones that he can make at home. “But even this is a challenge because my daughters are a bit too young to understand the concept. They are always in a playful mood so they sometimes don’t want to cooperate,” he told Bored Panda. “But when all photos are made, another challenge lies ahead. Editing the photos can take some time as well. When the photos work out how I intended it can be a easy job, but this is not always the case so I have to be creative to make the idea work.”
Kenny reavealed that he gets his inspiration from daily life. “At this point, I don’t have the feeling I’m running out of ideas. I have a lot of new ideas, so we can keep this going for a while,” he said that he’s motivated to keep going!
Even though the Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t gone anywhere, the last half-year has been “amazing” for Kenny and his family. “The past half-year has been amazing. We got so many positive messages from people who appreciate what we do and this gives me a lot of motivation. At the same time, we got to welcome our second daughter, Aster, who was born 4 months ago. So it’s a blessing we can do this while welcoming a new member to the family,” Kenny shared his joy with Bored Panda.
“Since my first images went viral, I also began making additional content for my followers on Instagram. I regularly make a fun little game to interact with our followers, and I make sure people can follow our daily adventures as well. It has become an amazing new journey and I really love this interaction with my followers,” the Photoshop wizard said that he enjoys connecting with his followers.
“I want to thank everyone for the positive comments. It’s such an honor to see how people can start their day with a positive note with just an image or a positive message. There can never be too much positivity in this world!” he said, adding that he uploads a new picture on his Instagram every single Tuesday. “There are a lot of good ones yet to be published!”
Kenny also gave some advice for any of you readers who might want to be as good at Photoshop as he is. “There are a lot of tools to make funny images. Photoshop for instance is my favorite and I would definitely recommend giving it a try. There are a lot of tutorials on YouTube to help you out, so be creative! Everything is possible!”
In an earlier interview with my colleague, Kenny spoke about how he and his girlfriend both have a really great sense of humor. She totally gets his jokes and embraces the dangerously funny photos.
“My girlfriend had to look twice when she received the first photo [to understand what was really going on], but it didn’t take long before she and her colleagues started looking forward to new pictures,” Kenny told Bored Panda.
“That being said, she always makes sure that the pictures were safely made. She’s always happy with the result.”
Taking and editing these photos has helped deepen the bond between the dad and his firstborn daughter. “Alix is an easy going, happy child. She is always smiling with a funny character, trying to make us laugh mixed with a hint of stubbornness,” he said.
Kenny is a jack of all trades. When he’s not busy showing off his Photoshop wizarding skills, he’s either working at Kavka, a concert hall, or making music with The Compleat Angler, an electronic post-rock band.
Do you know the stereotype that some dads know a bit about everything? In Kenny’s case, that’s completely true! And it just goes to show that finding time for your hobbies is possible even with a growing family.