Military Father's Magical Tea Party Photo Shoot With Daughter Will Melt Your Heart

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A military father had an incredibly enchanting tea party with his 4-year-old daughter last week and the moment that was shared to social media has since gone viral.

Kyndal Rose Photography from Oceanside, California recently captured images of a marine father who showed up to a photo shoot with his daughter, Ashley, unaware of the theme he was about to engage in.

In an interview with ABC News, U.S. Marine Corps drill instructor, Keven Porter had no idea what was going to happen until he showed up to the shoot.

“He was hesitant at first but after a little talking I was able to convince him,” his wife, Lizette tells ABC. “He would do anything for Ashley.”

Lizette goes on to share that her husband was “kind of embarrassed,” but it was because his daughter set up the whole thing and was excited that he couldn’t refuse.

The timing for the heartwarming daddy-daughter photo shoot worked out perfectly, as April is the Month of the Military Child — an awareness month established to highlight the important role children play in the Armed Forces community.

“I figured that would make it a little more special to the both of them,” said the proud mom. “I got emotional watching them just be themselves and see how much she loves her daddy,” said Lizette.

Due to his rigorous work schedule, Lizette says she and her daughter often miss out on one-on-one time with the military father.

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“She doesn’t get to see him much due to work, deployment, and most recently his job as a drill instructor,” she said. “Any time they can get together she is sure to take advantage of.”

Lizette wanted the photo shoot to help show that military men have a softer side to them.

“Drill instructors still have a life after working long and hard hours,” she explained. “Many of them have families that after hours they still have to attend to ... and yes, a lot of them have a completely different side to them.”

She goes on to add that she wants people to “realize how resilient military children [are] to have their parents away, or not near them as much as possible.”

While it’s safe to say the pair had a blast together at their shoot, the family plans to hang the photographs in their young daughter’s room when they move into a new home later this year.

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Tania Hussain |

Tania Hussain is a native of Toronto and a Hoosier at heart, studying journalism at Ball State University in Indiana. She has a mad love for fine cheese, film, music, and meeting people upon her many travels. When Tania’s not writing at Womanista, she can be found going for long nature runs, rooting for the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Cardinals, photographing sights and food, or writing for her online magazine, The Hudsucker. She is also a member of the Indy-based, Society of Professional Journalists—one of the oldest organizations in the U.S. that promotes and represents journalists.