Well, it’s that time again. Time for fathers to be honored. Not just any fathers but dads. I always like to make a distinction between dads and fathers. Fathers are men who basically impregnate a woman and she has a baby. Dads are men who impregnate a woman and help raise and nurture that child. They become a mentor and confidant. They are there to pick them up when they fall and raise them higher when they succeed. They can also be a really good playmate as well.
If you have been following my blog for a while (yes, I know this is a new platform with only seven other posts) or follow me on Instagram, you will know how much I love photographing dads and their children. Photographing moms and their children is wonderful as well, but in a way, it is expected. You always hear/read about the bond between a mother and her child(ren) but not so much about the dad and their child(ren). When I think about why I love it so much I think it’s because of the beauty in their strength and vulnerability. Dad’s a generally the protectors of the family. They must be strong for their family. But when dads deal with their children, often times they have to be vulnerable for a connection to develop, as well as trust.
I remember some time ago speaking with some other moms. One mom was saying that her child only displayed a certain type of behavior when they were around her. When her husband was around, that same behavior never surfaced. My joke was that children know that no matter what they said or did, their mother would always love them but they weren’t too sure about their dad. You wanted to make sure that you stayed in dad’s good graces because you wanted to make sure that he continued to love you. lol.
All kidding aside, dads are such an integral part of a family. I know plenty of single moms and dads that are doing a terrific job raising their child(ren) but I still believe that children deserve two parents. Sometimes that doesn’t happen and it’s okay. It’s better to have one great parent than it is to have two mediocre or one good/one bad parent. No matter what life hands us, we must work to do our best with it. And speaking of doing our best, there have been so many awesome portrait sessions that I’ve had when the dads get involved. Some are more eager than others. Those that aren’t enthusiastic end up having a good time and I’m good with that. Below are a few of my favorite daddy and me images.
Happy early Father’s Day to all of those fantastic fathers/daddies out there! It might be too late for a daddy and me session before Father’s Day but there are other days of the year that are available!