Although my husband likes to think he’s a simple man (it’s quite possible at one point he was), after 6 years of marriage to me, he’s become very picky with gifts. In fact, earlier this year, he kept heckling me about the lack of imagination with my gifts and how it’s becoming so predictable – shoes, clothes, accessories. Ummm…have you seen how tall this man is? He despises shopping malls (10 minutes into shopping and his eyes are like a sad, lost puppy), and it’s very rare something off the rack actually fits him, yet I still scour through whatever selection I have and manage to find him clothes that FIT (could he be less appreciative…sheesh)! Ok, rant over and back to my point.
With Akhil’s first Father’s Day fast approaching, I wanted something thoughtful, tasteful and one that he would not be able to predict. He’s a difficult man to please, so the cliche type of gifts such as mugs or key chains were out the window (unless of course Ziana herself were to purchase it and pick it out, but that’s a couple of years away). I kept going back and fourth with many options and sought the advice of friends and family. Then, one day, he was taking a picture of me and Ziana (as the doting Instagram Husband he is) and muttered under his breathe how I get all the cute pictures with her and I suck at taking pics of him. That’s when I decided that I’d gift him a daddy daughter photoshoot, styled by me!
As we were preparing for the photoshoot, discussing potential dates and locations, he made it clear that in no way possible were there to be any pics of me and Ziana and he’ll throw me a bone and allow me to be in a couple of family pictures. This man meant business!
I gave him two options – matching raptors jerseys or a more classic alternative, where we all wear white and Ziana has a cute little flower crown. As he wanted something evergreen to remember the first celebration of him becoming a father, he settled on the latter. We decided to take pictures at a classic Mississauga landmark, Kariya Park.
A big thank you to Canan Studio for capturing my family so beautifully. There were so many great pictures to choose from, but I narrowed it down to some of my favourites. They just made my heart melt and I couldn’t help but share. I hope you enjoy them!