He was 60, and had a massive heart attack. He passed away at home by my mother's side working in the garden, and there are few better ways to go than that in my estimation. He passed away with little pain, doing what he loved by the side of loved ones. I will miss him deeply and forever. His passing has taught me something about the way I shoot casual photography, though... Seeing as how my father touched the lives of so many people even beyond our family, I wanted to build a slide show to chronicle his life and the memories captured of him and those whose lives he touched. Much of the photos were film of course, but I knew I had shots of him that I have shot with a digital camera. One of the things we enjoyed most, and that will be hardest for me to do now without him with me, is attend the local car shows. So I was browsing through the hundreds and hundreds of photos from the shows, and I found one single photo with him featured in it. And as I was looking through all of these photos, I thought back to when we are at the shows and I would wait for him (and others too of course) to step out of the shot so I could capture the car. Now, looking back, I have a massive regret that I waited for him to be out of the shot, or to not take the moment to capture him enjoying the show or have someone else capture us together. The shots of the cars mean little to me now as I look back at them, but photos of him would be so much more important. Hell, most of the cars I shot I saw a couple weeks later at the next show in the next town. Truly this has changed how I shoot. Now, if I am shooting an assignment/job, of course this will be different, but I will be making an effort to capture the people with me in some of the shots, because looking back, it's that time shared with them that I remember most about the shows, not the cars themselves. Please, take time to spend with your loved ones. I can attest to how quickly and unexpectedly they can be taken from you. Life is short, and often much shorter than we realized. Seize the day, and capture the moment with those closest to you. Some day, those moments and memories will be all that you have left. I love you Dad. Thank you for being a friend, a hero, and a leader to me. Thank you for loving me no matter what I did, and teaching me that it's ok to make mistakes as long as you learn from them, and own up to them when you make them. I am the man I am today because of you, and I love you and thank you for that. I so wish I had more time with you, but I'll see you soon enough. Until then, I will cherish our time together, honor your memory, and continue to be the man you taught me how to be. I love you dad, and I miss you.