New parenting trend: goth-inspired family portraits.

They’ve been called perverse, wacko, deranged, beautiful, amazing and genius.

Forget cute family portraits in the park or cake smashes.

It seems photos of your children covered in faux blood, or as zombie ballerinas, are the latest must-have photos for your family photo albums and lounge room walls.

An American photographer named Brittany Bentine is currently attracting a huge amount of attention for her “fantasy themed photographic art”. Judging by the huge amount of interest expressed by Australians, it won’t be long before this craze hits our shores.

Locked Illusions Photography, who claims to be “America’s First Goth/Alternative and fantasy themed photographic art for maternity, babies, kids, families and teens” has amassed almost 500,000 Facebook likers, many of which have expressed their admiration for the interesting form of art.

Image via Locked Illusions Photography.

Australian fans are super keen for the Houston, Texas-based photographer to come Down Under where they’ve expressed interest in participating in similar photo shoots.

“There is a few of us in Australia that want u here we should all get together and then it would be cheaper. As we can split flights,” one woman said via Facebook.

“Ohhhhhh I would fly to Oz from New Zealand to get amongst it too my girls would love it,” another female said.

Yet others, aren’t as impressed:

“Omg I would hate to see my kids looking like they were dead. I'm sorry I don't see the appeal. Great makeup etc but find it rather distressing,” said one lady via Facebook – with her comment also receiving more than 500 likes.

Image via Locked Illusions Photography.

“Amazing. Very creative, but definitely not my cup of tea.”

“I’m lost for words... This frightens me! I really hate it and don’t understand why! It’s just wrong. In my opinion!”

For those interested in booking with the photographer, she is happy to travel with airfare costs covered.

“I am very thankful but so overwhelmed I can’t get to everyone via messages so please send me an email."

Locked Illusions Photography pricing starts at around USD$350 which includes session time, image editing, online gallery of 10-15 viewable images. Single file digital images are USD$125 and five image files available for USD$500, 15 for USD$1000.

How to do the photos make you feel? Would you want your children participating in this sort of photo shoot? 

This post originally appeared on Gold Coast Mum. You can see more of Brittany's work on Locked Illusions Photography.

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