For the third year in a row I will be taking my little one to a park to take special pictures for Father's Day. I wanted to give my husband a gift for his first Father's Day that I could build on each year and this is what I had come up with. It was fairly simple and also pretty inexpensive.
I purchased two white letters (D & A) from Michaels for a few dollars each. Amazon has nicer white wood letters for $6.99. No need for a second D being that I was taking separate pictures anyways. I also found a 3 part frame at TJ Maxx for under $10. Amazon has a similar silver three part frame for $15.05. I took a bunch of pictures of my baby holding the letters. When I say a bunch, I literally mean a hundred. I picked out my two favorite D's and my favorite A and printed at a one hour photo.
The hardest part of the whole project was trying to get a baby to smile the first year (not very successfully I might add) and a toddler hold still the second year (also a failure and you can see from her bright red cheeks and the sticker residue on the back of the letter). I recommend having your child wear clothes that are free from letters or characters. I think it makes for a better picture (less distraction) and puts the focus on your child and the DAD letters.
My husband loved his gift and was surprised to receive an update the second year. These pictures are really special to me and I know this was a sentimental gift for him. I just placed the new pictures on top of the old ones. For his 3rd Father's Day I am sure he will really enjoy looking back at the pictures of our daughter and how much she has changed over the last two years.
I cannot wait to show you all this year's pictures. I am just waiting for a morning that it isn't rainy or muddy (fingers crossed) to get out to the park. Hopefully I can get better pictures for this year with the camera my sweet husband gave me for Christmas. Anyone else doing a similar project or have any other great Father's Day photo ideas?