Let’s be honest, when it comes to preschool photos all the planning and prepping beforehand can mean nothing if photo day comes around and your little one just isn’t sharing your grand vision.
But, like everything involving a preschooler, if you embrace the chaos and the candid, you can actually end up with a memory far more priceless than any staged moment.
Just look at the super result Kaylieann Steinbach’s parents got when they surrendered to the three-year-old’s outfit of choice.
Kaylieann’s dad Austin shared the totally adorable snap on Reddit and, as if that wasn’t cute enough, the caption was also super sweet.
“My daughter got to pick what she wore for her school pictures. Daddy approves,” Austin wrote.
Not only is Kaylieann looking straight at the camera with a super sweet smile, she is proudly wearing her favourite superhero costume and hugging her favourite Superman doll.
Her dad told the Huffington Post, Kaylieann cannot hear the letter ‘S’ due to profound hearing loss, which means she pronounces her favourite superheroes as Pooterman and Pootergirl.
Austin says when he and his wife showed her the outfits they had put out for her, she had other ideas.
“She walked up, looked over each of her choices, turned and said Pootergirl!” Steinbach says.
“And well, I couldn’t argue with that answer.”
The posts received many comments of support, particularly from others who have experience with hearing loss or children with special needs.
“You’re an amazing Dad. You learn a completely new language, immerse yourself in it and give her self confidence and the freedom of expression by letting her choose her picture day outfit,” one user wrote.
“I’m sure there’s a thousand reasons why you’re a great dad. I always say this to other parents of special needs children when I encounter them, (our son has autism and other issues) she’s lucky to have you and you’re lucky to have her.”
We couldn’t agree more. What a beautiful photo with such a wonderful story behind it.
Maybe something to keep in mind with Santa photo season just around the corner – isn’t it the ones that don’t go to plan that we remember the most and have us laughing for years to come?