For the fourth year in a row I will be taking my little one to a park to take special pictures for Father's Day. Check out last years post. I started this project when our daughter was a baby to give to my husband as a gift for his first Father's Day, one that I could build on each year. This is what I came up with. It is fairly simple (warning: getting your kids to cooperate may not be) and also inexpensive. Best of all the gift is priceless to my husband and he cherishes it.
I purchased two white letters (D & A) from Michaels for a few dollars each. Amazon has nicer white wood letters for $5.99. 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 about $10. Amazon has a similar silver three part frame for $23.00. I always take bunch of pictures of Mia holding the letters. When I say a bunch, I literally mean a hundred. I pick out my two favorite D's and my favorite A and print at a one hour photo. (I actually print about 20 and decide at home later)
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.
This gift is my husbands favorite Father's Day gift. He looks forward to receiving each year's update in his existing frame. 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. This Father's Day we will enjoy looking back at the pictures of our daughter and how much she has changed over the last three almost four years.
I am hoping for a clear morning to get out at take these pictures. Anyone else doing a similar photo project or have any other great Father's Day photo ideas?