Mum of baby Instagram star considered shutting down account -- but here's what stopped her

9 September 2016 / 1 month 1 week ago

29 August 2016

You've probably seen the photos - a napping baby dressed as characters from popular TV and movie shows, from Star Wars' Han Solo, Princess Leia, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, to Maria from The Sound of Music.

The adorable photos went viral last week and were picked up by media outlets across the globe, from US to India.

In her latest post on Instagram on Saturday (Aug 27), the cherub's mother, Los Angeles photographer Laura Izumikawa, said she has been overwhelmed by the attention and considered shutting down the social media account.

Izumikawa currently has about 271,000 followers on Instagram.

But she hesitated in doing so after mothers wrote in about how the photos have been the highlight of their day, and even helping them through post-partum depression.

She wrote: "We are so not newsworthy material and really believe the eyes of the world should be fixed on the broken and helpless.

"I considered shutting this account down but all week I've just been inundated with hundreds of messages from all over the world telling us that these photos and videos have been the highlight of their day.

"Some mothers have mentioned that it is helping them through postpartum depression and for some who work long stressful hours, a light enjoyable thing to watch when they come home. I'm so honored that Joey and I can bless the world this way thru these silly posts. Truly humbled."

In addition to popular characters and pop culture icons, four-month-old Joey Marie has also been dressed up to resemble entertainers like Beyonce, Sia, and guitarist Slash.

Amazingly, most of the photos were shot when Joey was sleeping. 

"Joey slept so deeply so I thought it'd be fun adding little props around her just to send some hilarious pictures to our parents and friends," Laura told Buzzfeed.

Izumikawa has had to stifle her laughter a couple of times, but even when her daughter wakes up, it's not a big deal. "She usually just smiles and goes right back to sleep, which is kind of crazy," she said.

In addition to the creative handmade costumes and props, Izumikawa's witty captions have also enraptured readers.

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