Powerful Photos That Capture the Single Best Moment in People’s Lives


In early July 2013, Sports Illustrated writer Richard Deitsch posed an interesting question to his tens of thousands of followers on Twitter: “How many of you have a photograph of the single best moment of your life?” The photographs that people shared in response were powerful and emotional.


Here are some of the beautiful moments that emerged:

#1: Tears of Joy in a New Father’s Eyes

#2: Child Meets Adopted Sibling for First Time

#3: Graduating College with Brain Cancer

#4: A Baby Son’s First Smile

#5: The First Glimpse of a Sibling

#6: A Wife Wakes Up from Transplant Surgery

#7: A Last Moment with Grandma

#8: A Whiteboard Proposal at School

#9: Giving Life to a Premature Daughter

#10: Seeing a Son Skate

#11: She Would Become His Wife

#12: A Groom and His Flower Girl Daughter

#13: Four Generations in One Photo

#14: Boy Connects with a New Kitten

#15: One Last Story Time with Grandpa

#16: Holding a Child for the First Time

#17: Super Bowl with Dad

#18: News of Victory Over Cancer

#19: Coming Home from War

#20: 66 Years of True Love

#21: First Trip to School Together

#22: When Hard Work Pays Off

#23: Baking Cookies with Mom

#24: You’re Safe Again in My Arms

Photography is a powerful thing.

(via Co.Create and Mashable and theCHIVE)

Image credit: Pure Joy by /

  • Norshan Nusi

    Great post :)

    Highly emotional indeed.

  • Emily H. (:

    It’s not always about the best picture quality with the perfect lighting, its about capturing the memories & the emotions.

  • me

    Man, it just got really dusty in here all of a sudden.

  • Jonathan Maniago

    I suppose that we sometimes have to remind ourselves that, besides the poorly taken selfie shots and non-stop stream of food photographs, the proliferation of mobile devices with cameras has also made it easier to capture moments like these.

  • ClassicSam

    I have a dream to be that kind of photographer. To work with clients, not really to capture the single best moment of their lives, but to capture the essence of what inspires them most. Another few years and I’ll be that guy. :)

  • CurrentCo

    So incredible!
    What’s interesting is that all of these involve family and non of them are focused only on themselves.

  • Professional Photographer

    Stick with it, Sam. After becoming a professional photographer just a few years ago, the key to capturing successful moments is having a willingness to connect with your subjects. You’ll be able to anticipate and capture the moment regardless of equipment. Good luck!

  • WetcoastBob

    What I find noticeable is that it involves Family. Not one person posing with a new car or gadget. Goes to show where our priorities really lie.

  • zdroberts

    While it’s probably not the single best moment – the moment when I got my first camera (that was completely my own) a vivitar powerzoom 35mm was pretty close.

    Unfortunately as the main photographer in the family – I’m not sure anyone actually got a photo of me opening the box.

  • Christian DeBaun

    QUESTION: What is the first thing people will take from a burning house?

    ANSWER: The photo album.

  • Syuaip

    Priceless moments and close to heart characters.
    Pictures with (awesome) story.
    Makes me realize that G.A.S. is a non-sense.

  • Vin Weathermon

    Their kids.

  • Gerdy

    Tears almost came up, very moving pictures.

  • Gerdy

    Tears almost came up, very moving pictures.

  • Marcin ƚmidowicz

    #25 :)

    The last time my son played with his great grandma. She has died suddenly some weeks later.

  • tron_

    man, whose cutting onions around here?

  • Ben A

    Good to see almost all of these involve family in some way. That’s what is most important after all.

  • Katrin

    I doubt most people consider kids “things”. Nice try on being preachy though.