'He wanted to make his daughter smile': Dad sports mermaid tail for a special birthday photoshoot

"The absolute best gift he could've given her." (Facebook/Desirae Deal Photography)
"The absolute best gift he could've given her." (Facebook/Desirae Deal Photography)

Photographer Desirae Deal could not have asked for a better response after posting adorable images of a daddy-daughter duo dressed as mermaids. 

Initially only meant for his daughter who was celebrating her 8th birthday with the specially themed photoshoot, the father soon joined in at her request. 

"I had the honour of doing a mermaid session for this sweet girl's 8th birthday, and all she wanted was for her dad to join in on the fun," Deal wrote in the now viral post. 

Deal added that the duo created a "priceless memory" that day, one of the best birthday gifts the father could've given his daughter. 

"He wanted to make his daughter laugh and smile, and he did, without caring what anyone else thought about it... The laughs, the joy, and the memories they created were the absolute best gift he could've given her." 

The two even managed to inspire other dads to share similar themed images posing with their daughters: 

Compiled for Parent24 by Lesley-Anne Johannes. 


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