A resident of New Hampshire, Darren Garnick said his state's party presidential primaries offer a fringe benefit.
"It's easy to enshrine the next president in your family scrapbook," he wrote for Slate.
His mission, Garnick said, was to get a photograph of his 5-month-old daughter, Dahlia, "in the arms of every candidate with a prayer of making it to the White House."
While finding candidates on the stump was easy, getting a picture was another story.
"It takes tremendous patience and parental magic to make a child sit through a two-hour presentation on healthcare reform," he said. "It also takes a paparazzi photographer's instincts to get that winning shot."
As of Jan. 7, Dahlia had been photographed with every candidate except former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn.