Being that I have all boys, this Daddy’s Girl thing still amazes me, but I guess it’s true what they say about that bond—Daddy’s truly love their girls and vise versa! Throughout my photo shoots, I have come to notice the way dads look at their daughters. There is a whole lot of pride, a whole lot of tutelage, and a whole lot of love. And daughters look up at their dads as if they were the only man in the world, as if no one else matters as long as Daddy is near. Their adoring eyes for each other are heartwarming. Capturing it on film is worthwhile.
On the other hand, as I have experienced with my own brood, when a dad gets together with his son, there is macheesmo and a lot of game playing involved. That’s not to say that my husband doesn’t love and adore our three boys because he is an amazing dad who does anything for our family, but the playfulness is eminent and omnipresent. Boys are so lucky because they all want to play…always—no matter the age. There’s also a prevailing competitiveness with dads and sons. It’s not just about getting the basketball from the ball bin, but it’s about the speed in doing it. Can you beat Dad? Can you school your son and get to the ball first? I see this all from my camera. Dads and their little dudes make me laugh. I can photograph a proud moment where the dad is beaming while his son is doing something active, but then that same dad can be a little jealous when out-climbed in the trees.
This Father’s Day, think of the love you have for your dad, whether you’re a girl or a boy. Think of the love and pride your dad has for you, and remember that Dad is the one who always wanted to play. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads who bring joy and fun to their little ones!