How Eli Meir Kaplan sees dads and daughters


I love “love projects”—the ones professionals do just for the pure pleasure of applying their skills and talents to a subject they care about. Five years ago, when Washington, DC–based still and motion photographer Eli Meir Kaplan’s first daughter was born, most of his interests and hobbies fell by the wayside. But that opened up some creative space for him. Hanging out with other new dads, he started taking pictures, and before long, the “Dads with Daughters” project was born. It was a fun way to experience the different qualities dads have that endear them to their kids—and to celebrate that special, magical relationship. As the daughter of a dad myself, I’m particularly fond of these charming photos. They’re such a great example of how a “love project” can really capture the spirit of love.