Max Wanger is an LA based photographer. 

born and raised by reformed hippies. educated in los angeles, honolulu, berkeley and the here and there of tokyo. lover of lazy sundays, mismatched socks, negative space, nyc, soba, green tea and last but almost certainly first, my wife, margaux & our little boy, dash.

Every father has his story.  This is a small glimpse into Max's.

1.  Sometimes, the connection to fatherhood is not immediate. Was it for you?  And if not, was there a moment that you really felt, "Woah. I'm a dad."

It was immediate for me. I really didn't know what to expect, but the moment I held Dash, I felt connected. Parenthood is something I don't think you're truly ever prepared for. But it felt natural to hold him and love him and want to protect him. I remember the drive home from the hospital and the window of the car was down for one minute and I freaked out because I didn't want him to breathe in any of the polluted LA air!  

2.  What has been easier than you thought it would be?  How about harder?

I don't know if there's anything easy about this job. Sure, it's the best thing in the world, but it's hard. Lack of sleep is for real. And that's been hard. But you learn on the go, you adjust, it gets easier. 

3.  What kids book would you read a million times out loud in a row?  What book are you actually have to read a million times out loud in a row? How about songs?

Dallas Clayton's "Awesome" book is one I would read a million times. "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site" was one that was actually read a million times. Also, when he was a newborn I sang the "The Ants Go Marching" more times than I can remember because it was the only song that put him to sleep.

4.  What traditions are you excited to carry on with your son?

Growing up, my mom would make a special Japanese meal every New Year's day. Actually, she still does it to this day. I'd love to continue that with Dash. Another tradition I'd like to carry on is a goodnight "prayer" my dad used to say to me every night before bed: "Have a wonderful sleep in your bed, a wonderful dream in your head, I love you very much and I'll see you tomorrow."

5.  Being a dad makes me feel _____________________.  

a happiness I've never felt before. I know it's cliche, but it's 100% true 

Thank you for being our very first Pop Profile, Max!  Please check out his inspiring work on http://maxwanger.com/ and his amazing Instagram account.

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