I have loved photography most of my life. I grew up in the days of the throw-away cameras you would drop off at the drugstore. You would have to wait on pins and needles for weeks to see if any of your shots came out, without your thumb in it.
Over the years I moved from throw away, to point and shoot, to cell phone, and now a real camera. My son and I loved to take photos together when we would go on family vacations. We would take so many shots, some (a lot) goofy, and some focusing on the world around us.
My son suddenly passed away in 2017 at age 11. When that happened a dear friend of mine, who is also a bereaved parent, said "you will find your thing, the thing that keeps you going". She was right. The more I get back out into the beauty of the world, the closer I feel to my son.
Every picture I take, is taken in love.