Have you seen this photograph online recently:

Memorial Day photo shoot at Rosecrans Cemetery honoring our military

Memorial Day photo shoot at Rosecrans Cemetery honoring our military

I am the Photographer that took this picture.  I used to have an un-watermarked version of this photo on the home page of my website.  Someone decided to “share” it so they illegally copied it from my website and posted it online.  Now it’s been shared on Facebook and pinned on Pinterest over 10,000 times!

While I’m thrilled that one of my images has gotten so much attention, it’s also upsetting that so many people have shared this photograph without  anyone even knowing that it’s mine. 

I don’t mind when my photos are shared online, because it means A. People like my work and B. Exposure to new people and potentially new clients.  So if you’ve seen this photo, please share this blog post.  If you like my work, please give my Facebook business page a “like”:  www.faceboook.com/caughtonfilmphoto

Here are a few more photos from the same photo shoot, taken in 2010 at Rosecrans Military Cemetery in San Diego, CA.

Memorial Day photo shoot at Rosecrans Cemetery honoring our military

Memorial Day photo shoot at Rosecrans Cemetery honoring our military

 

Memorial Day photo shoot at Rosecrans Cemetery honoring our military

Memorial Day photo shoot at Rosecrans Cemetery honoring our military

 

Memorial Day photo shoot at Rosecrans Cemetery honoring our military

Memorial Day photo shoot at Rosecrans Cemetery honoring our military

 

Memorial Day photo shoot at Rosecrans Cemetery honoring our military

Memorial Day photo shoot at Rosecrans Cemetery honoring our militaryMemorial Day photo shoot at Rosecrans Cemetery honoring our military

 

Memorial Day photo shoot at Rosecrans Cemetery honoring our military

Memorial Day photo shoot at Rosecrans Cemetery honoring our military

 

Now, if you’re still reading, I’ll fiil you in on the rest of the story.  This is MY Son.  His Father or Mother didn’t die serving their country, we are alive and well I assure you.

I did this photo shoot with my then 4 year old Son on Memorial Day weekend 2010, in an effort to start teaching him about war, the military and sacrafice.  I took him to this cemetery, and tried to explain to him who was buried there.  We brought a dozen white and red roses, and I told him to lay one rose at twelve different, random grave sites, and to salute each one.

It never even occurred to me at the time that a total stranger might see some of  the photos and assume that the boy in the photo was saluting his Father/Mother.  But once again, after the image was taken from my website, it was open to interpretation.

I have the utmost respect for our military.  A lot of my customers are in the military, and the sacrafices that they make are beyond words.  I will never take our freedoms for granted, and I hope to raise our Son with the same respect.

That, is the rest of the story.  Thanks for reading and looking at my photographs.

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4 Responses to “Have you seen this photo?”

  1. Brooke says:

    I was one that shared it from somebody else’s Facebook. And will surely tell everyone where to go to find the original post. Well said!!

  2. I saw and the link to your site. First I am an Army vet, My father was a Navy Combat search and rescue helicopter crewman, who was killed on a mission over North Vietnam. His marker is at Fort Rosecrans on the ocean side. I liked your picture that said I believe your right to credit for the pic but I have issues with people making money off the memories of dead HEROS. yes HEROS who died that you can be free to pursue your happy life. I believe that Lee Teter did it right by donate it picture “reflections” to a veterans group. I would like to suggest you read a book titled “LEAVE NO MAN BEHIND” especially about the Navy and Air Force combat search and rescue during the early part of Vietnam. It left me amazed at what one man will do for others. H E R O

    Feel free to write back
    Glenn

  3. cofphoto says:

    Hi Glenn, thank you for taking the time to comment. Are you assuming that I have made any money off of this photograph?

  4. kathy ramsey says:

    shawn i did not mean to steal that pic i seen on google and i did not aler except put the pic on it and words i love your work and would like to know if i may share with the page i admin on facebook http://Www.facebook.com/JadedRednecks if u want me to remove the picture please email me thank you ~~~katz

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