Happy Mother's Day | Leighton DaCosta, Charleston Portrait Photographer

First off, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. I hope it was a great one.

My mom, circa 1983

My mom, circa 1983

You know, one of the things that we lose sight of with modern technology is how many pictures and memories we keep in our digital devices. Mobile phones, tablets, computers, data bases, and other locations. But a few weeks ago, when my uncle asked me if I had any photos of my mom so that he could show someone at a reunion, I realized that all of the images I had of my mother were only in prints.

You see, my mom passed of cancer back in 1997. Before my first digital camera, lap top, or even my first cell phone. I have Polaroids, and snap shots that go back to the 1950s and ‘60s, but nothing that I could look at every day in my phone or on my computer. I’m OK with that though.

My challenge, is that I am the youngest of three brothers and both my brothers have all the prints 8x10 and larger. While he “baby” of the family seems to get all the special treatment, very rarely do they get the best of the special heirlooms such as albums and the framed pictures. I have lots of fond memories of my mother, but I worry that I will not be able to share them with future generations.

The great thing about today, is that we have options!

My Wife and Son on a Snow Day. Charleston, SC (Jan 2018)

My Wife and Son on a Snow Day. Charleston, SC (Jan 2018)

I have made a consistent effort to not only take photos of my son, but to have photos of him interacting with the both of us. His mom is absolutely amazing and the perfect mother and wife. I want him to be able to look back and access these memories whenever he wants.

Currently I’m working on a “First 5 Years” album for my son, that my hope, is much appreciation 50 years from now when he is sharing these images with HIS grandkids. Similar to wedding albums, we can create our family heirlooms now, to pass down to generations later.

The D’s Enjoying Halloween 2017 Together

The D’s Enjoying Halloween 2017 Together

I hope you all got to spend time with your family, and remember all those who are no longer with us.

What heirlooms have you created to pass down to your future generations?

Please share in the comments.


Leighton DaCosta

Hello, I'm Leighton and I help people around the world tell their story. Let me introduce myself. Whether it's for online dating, or a professional profile, it always seems that the "About Me" section is always the hardest to write. Not because you have nothing to say about yourself, but because you want to be sincere, genuine, interesting, and brief all at the same time. I have never been a fan of writing about me in the third person, like: "Leighton DaCosta, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Brooklyn, NY at an early age when his parents wanted to form a new life for themselves and their children. In the third grade, the family moved to Orlando, Fl, where Leighton considers his home town. After spending 3 tours in the Navy, he settled in Jacksonville, and now Miramar, Florida, where he now calls home. Today, still wanted by many, he does work as a fashion and wedding photographer. If you have a wedding(or photo shoot)... if no one else can help... and if you can find him... maybe you can hire... ok.. this is not The A- Team." But you see what I mean? What do you know about me? How can we connect? Did you know that my FAVORITE food is Pizza and Sushi? Or that my favorite color is Purple? When I go to the wine bars, I usually order Mimosas, because even the cheapest champagne tastes great with some good ole OJ. When I travel, I like staying in nice hotels. Not because of the name, (even though I AM partial to Hyatt) but because of the bathrooms. One of my favorite hotels is the Viking in Newport, Rhode Island. Small rooms, but AWESOME bathrooms. I LOVE TO EAT, and eating as much as I have, has led me to be about 100 pounds more than I was in High School... Yeah there is some muscle there, but if it was all muscle, I'm sorry folks, I wouldn't be taking photos, I would be retiring from the NFL. If you want to see some of my favorite dishes, follow me on Instagram. Because of that, I find myself now in the gym more than ever. Trying to stay fit and alive... I workout, so I can EAT! Well that's enough for now, if you want to know more about me, follow my blog. Better yet, I want to find out more about YOU. So let's talk!