Father and Son

June 09, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

black and white portrait of a father holding his baby son in his armsFather and baby sonFather holds his baby son

What father didn't hold his young son up and promise to be the best dad he could
- better than his own dad?

I remember pushing my twin boys in their buggy up the back road and promising that I'd do it every Saturday, come rain or shine. I'd set aside the time, no matter what - it would be, like a 'family tradition'!

Err, I didn't manage it the next week and then the football season started....

We're all human and sometimes the best intentions in the world don't actually materialize into actions.

Doesn't seem to matter to our young sons, though. We are the font of all knowledge; a protector; a provider. Is there no end to our brilliance?

We can even 'magic' money from a hole in the wall!

One night a father overheard his son pray:
Dear God, Make me the kind of man my Daddy is.
Later that night, the Father prayed,
Dear God, Make me the kind of man my son wants me to be.

Black and white photograph of a father playing on the floor with his baby sonPlaying on the floor with his baby sonPlaying on the floor with his baby son We're still the 'hero' in their eyes....until

Until they begin to enjoy a bit of independence and critical thought. They see our failings and frailty. They don't see our intentions.

Sometimes a battle of wits ensues - slamming of doors; shouting; silence.

But one day they will realise that the path to manhood falls into roughly three stages corresponding to childhood, adolescence and fatherhood.

“I spent half my childhood trying to be like my dad. True for most boys, I think.

It turns with adolescence. The last thing I wanted was to be like my dad.

It took becoming a man to realize how lucky I’d been.
It took a few hard knocks in life to make me realize the only thing my dad had ever wanted or worked for was to give me a chance at being better than him.”  
- Tucker Elliot, The Rainy Season

Black and white candid portrait at home of father and his two grown up sonsFather and sonsFather and sons enjoy being together


Thank you to my own dad for all his noble intentions and for giving me the chance to be better than him - even if I get more and more like him with every passing year. Make the most of your dad this Father's Day.

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Professional family and children's portrait photography in Northern Ireland. Drew is a qualified Associate member of both the 'Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers' and the 'National Photographic Society'. He is qualified to Licentiate level with the 'Professional Photographers Association of Northern Ireland' and is a Master Photographer of the 'National Photographic Society'.