When I was 13, my mother gave me my first camera and enrolled me in my first camera class.
Later, after a trip abroad, I brought home 30 rolls of film. When I looked through the pictures from that trip, I was completely discouraged by the results. When she looked through them, she saw what I didn’t and picked some of them for display around the house.
My mom believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself.
She passed away six years ago and didn’t leave very much for us to remember her by; some old jewelry, a music box and a couple of notes inscribed in books to my daughter. But we’re able to remember her from my pictures — another good reason for my career choice.
Recently, I was looking through old photographs and I found this image of Mom with my daughter Abby watching a sunset on the Chesapeake.
Abby is two in this picture. And I realize now she’ll never be able to remember her grandmother very well. But this picture tells the story — a deep and abiding love for her family.
One of the great things about being a photographer is you get that chance to celebrate your loved ones and to capture moments that won’t happen again. I’ve photographed our children as they’re growing up and it happens fast.
Here’s an image from 10 years ago that I may never have taken, if it weren’t for my mother’s insistence that I could be a photographer. It shows Abby, my daughter, as a baby with my wife, Cathy. A picture like this is a treasure. It never gets old to me.
If you’re spending your weekend with your loved ones? Take some time to take pictures of them. I beg you, please.
Experience has taught me that pictures are sometimes the only memories you or your children will have of the time you spend with those you care about the most. Happy Mother’s Day and happy shooting!
Colorado Springs wedding photographer Sean Cayton loves remarkable photographs and the stories behind them. You can see his wedding work at caytonphotography.com, his personal work at seancayton.com and his editorial work in the Colorado Springs Independent. Submit your photo and the story behind the image - no more than two a week, please - to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration in upcoming blogs.