05

Oct

2011

I’m gonna watch you shine
Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign
So you’ll always know
As long as one and one is two
There could never be a father
Who loved his daughter more than I love you

from Father & Daughter, Paul Simon.

Father and daughter, a unique bond, a love without condition.

A bright day at the end of summer, in the serenity of the park and the warmth of the sun with Izzy and Leight.

This is my dad, my hero.
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The shoot is relaxed, Izzy lighting up the camera with her natural charm. Father and daughter, protecting her, protecting him. The shared smile, the mutual comfort and assurance of being in each other’s company, of being the centre of their respective worlds – the closeness, the way the arm rests casually on his shoulder.

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She leads him through the gardens, her small hand enveloped in his. The blissful, unrestrained ebullience of her youth, tugging free the shackles of her father’s grown-up reserve.

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It’s the perfect setting, father and child enjoying quality time in the park, the open, fresh air of a September day. Seeing their love, the natural, special nuances of their relationship, unfolding through their play, their banter. Izzy, childish instinct to explore and create worlds among the trees and plants, dragging dad into her joyous adventure.
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Today’s child, woman of a tomorrow we can’t yet envision. Dad is her rock of dependence, her constant. A shoulder to lean on, a hand to be held in the crowd. To comfort, to cheer. We grow up, we find our way and our independence. But our roots remain.
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Father and daughter – together as one.

Portraits by Leah

Blog edited by GJ Hill

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