Have you ever seen something so wonderful in your entire life?

By Meghan Overdeep
July 16, 2020
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Desirae Deal Photography

All Aspen wants is to be a mermaid. So, for her eighth birthday this year, her grandma lined up the perfect surprise: a mermaid photo shoot with Desirae Deal of Desirae Deal Photography.

But that’s not where the surprises ended for the little girl—or her dad Michael.

When Michael showed up at the end of Aspen’s session, Deal was struck with an idea.

"I said 'Well you know I think I have a mermaid tail that he could wear,'" the photographer from Lamar, Arkansas, told CafeMom. "It just went from there. Once she knew it was a possibility, there was no changing her mind."

Deal said that Michael didn’t hesitate to be transformed into a magical Merman and get into the water with his daughter. "It was the most fun session I have ever done," she added.

Photos from the adorable session quickly went viral on Deal’s Facebook page. In less than a week the post has garnered more than 28,000 likes and 157,000 shares.

Deal hopes this aquatic father-daughter duo will inspire more parents to enjoy the time they have with their children.

“The laughs, the joy, and the memories they created were the absolute best gift he could've gave her. I have no doubt that this story, this priceless memory, will be talked about and cherished for generations to come,” she wrote alongside the sweet snaps. “Take the pictures. Play with them every chance you get, for they are only little for so long.”

Well done, dad!