While scanning some old slides today for an upcoming family reunion, I came across this wonderful picture of my mom, dad, and sister Cheryl. It's likely taken on a Minnesota lake, and I love the obvious things: how happy my folks look; my mom's hipster shades, and how her jeans are rolled up; the fact that my dad, who I never saw with a cigarette, is dangling one from his mouth like Keith Richards.
Finding this photo really made my day. At some point, you assume that you've seen all the old family photos, so a new discovery is an exciting thing. It's for this reason that I take rather seriously the act of photographing my friends' kids and families. A simple family photo I take may some day bring a child or grandchild the same happy surprise I felt today.