Clever dad does a hilarious photo shoot with his premature baby acting like a grown man.

Over two years ago, photographer Matt MacMillian took an adorable set of photos of his newborn daughter, Ella, playing sports.

The photos showed the newborn pulling off sweet moves on a skateboard, doing flips off a diving board, and playing baseball — all things that a newborn could never do without the aid of MacMillian’s incredible Photoshop skills.

Recently, MacMillian and his wife had a second child, a baby boy named Ryan, who was born nine weeks premature and spend the first six weeks of his life in the NICU. After Ryan was released from the hospital, MacMillian wanted to do another photo shoot like he did with Ella.

"We joked that he wasn’t premature just ‘advanced,’” MacMillian told Bored Panda. So he came up with the idea of photographing Ryan doing adult things.

"Close shave!"

"I'm gonna be ripped on the first day of preschool!"

"No pain, no gain!"

"Off to the salt mines!"

"Who wants a leg?"

"She looks a few quarts low."

"I caught one thiiiiiiiis big!"

"Lumberjackin'!"

"It's tough to bluff Cookie Monster."

"Blowing the leaves."

Creating the elaborate scenes was no easy task. MacMillian had to make props and get the lighting and framing in order before introducing a newborn baby into the mix.

For the bench press shot, MacMillian hung his camera and the barbell from a rig to make it look like baby Ryan was really pumping iron.

After taking shots of Ryan, MacMillian then took photos of the objects the baby couldn't hold, like the axe or the fish on the line. He then edited the elements together in Photoshop while making sure he cut himself out of the picture.

“I’m curious to see what Ryan thinks of them 18 years from now when he’s actually grown up,” MacMillian told Bored Panda.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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