Newborn babies are adorable, but when you combine their squishy cuteness with scenes from iconic holiday movies, you get a whole new kind of Christmas magic.
Amy Haehl, a wedding and newborn photographer who owns Coffee Creek Studio, found this special combination last year, when she photographed a newborn baby boy dressed in the pink bunny suit costume Ralphie wears in "A Christmas Story." Haehl's photo went viral, and one year later, she met up with the family again to take a photo of now one-year-old "Ralphie" in the same scene.
But that's not all Haehl has photographed this holiday season. The Shelbyville, Indiana, photographer took photos of two newborn babies — only eight and eleven days old at the time — in scenes from "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."
"It's one of my all-time favorite movies," Haehl told TODAY Parents. "I don't know why, but I've always thought it would be so funny to re-create some of the scenes with newborns. I've been gathering details for a while now."
For the photoshoot, Haehl used her girl and boy models to shoot the funny scene where Clark Griswold fantasizes about a red-swimsuit-clad woman in his swimming pool in the middle of winter.
For the other scenes — Clark and Eddie on the couch in front of their burned Christmas tree and Eddie asleep in the snow by his camper — the same baby boy played both Clark and Eddie.
"I can't thank the models' parents enough for allowing their babies to model for this," said Haehl. "I'm so glad they find humor in it and have been laughing right along with me."
So what is Haehl's favorite of her holiday movie shots?
"I think there's just something special about Cousin Eddie," said Haehl. "I mean, the robe with the dress shoes and the RV — I just can't help but laugh when I'm looking at it."