The back of this cabinet card is blank, so I can’t say for sure that the sitters are father and daughter, but it’s a safe bet. At first I thought he might be wearing a clerical collar, but they always clasp in the back, rather than the front.
His suit is simple but well-tailored. Her dress is elaborate and beautiful, and she’s holding a pair of daisies, which indicate that this photo was taken during a Canadian summer. His gaze is angled slightly away from the camera, and his eyes look distant, as though his thoughts are elsewhere. In contrast, she’s focused entirely on the present moment, looking directly at the camera with an intensity that draws our eyes to hers.