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It's magic! New dad has fun take on pregnancy with whimsical photos

Oct. 25, 2013 at 8:06 AM ET

Abracadabra. Hocus Pocus. Presto Chango!

Having a baby does seem a little like magic, so one new dad decided to have a little photography fun with his pregnant wife and infant daughter, whose arrival this summer inspired him to start a blog, “Daddy’s Little Prop.”

Anthony Stuart says he created the website because he couldn't stop taking pictures of his baby.

“She's perfect. Watching her arrive was the single most amazing thing I have ever witnessed. I was in awe of her and (my wife),” Stuart told TODAY Moms.

“After years of lightly rolling my eyes at Facebook friends who constantly posted pictures of their children, I fast became the worst offender of all -- so my apologies to all! I understand now.”

Earlier this month, Stuart posted this fun photo montage featuring himself, his wife Kristi and daughter Grace in a blog post titled, “The Magic Show,” which is getting lots of attention online.

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Courtesy Anthony Stuart and Dan Culberson
magic show
Courtesy Anthony Stuart and Dan Culberson
magic show
Courtesy Anthony Stuart and Dan Culberson
magic show
Courtesy Anthony Stuart and Dan Culberson
magic show
Courtesy Anthony Stuart and Dan Culberson
magic show
Courtesy Anthony Stuart and Dan Culberson

So how did the photos come about?

Stuart, a graphic designer who lives outside Saint John, New Brunswick, is a huge fan of doing photo shoots just for fun. When he found out his wife was pregnant, he decided to do something to showcase her -- and baby Grace's -- progress.

He described his wife as “an amazingly easy sell on the idea.”

“The outfit was a little more risqué than I had had in mind,” Stuart said. “She has an amazing sense of humor and fun. Her expressions make the photos.”

The first pictures were actually taken a few weeks after his wife had given birth in July, while the images showing a very pregnant Kristi were shot when she was eight months along. Stuart’s best friend and photographer Dan Culberson helped with the project.

Grace, who is 7 weeks old in the last photo and dressed up as a bunny, has been a remarkably good sport about her dad’s photo ambitions, though “she can be a bit of a prima donna” if he doesn’t keep things brief, Stuart admitted.

So what will he tell his daughter about the project?

“That it was the first time of many I made her dress in costume for a family photo,” he said. “I hope she loves it.”

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