Honoring the Life of Jill Thompson Cayton

I learned that we lost a beautiful soul, Jill Cayton, at 36. She was one of the most giving, kindest, comforting, and unjudgemental people I knew—a lover of animals, an advocate, and beautiful inside and out. Jill rescued many animals, including wolf dogs. I adored her animals and her passion for mental health awareness.

She was there when my sister overdosed and when I began expressing concerns on public forums about water quality, she defended our family as people started gossiping about our tragedies. That speaks volumes about the type of person she was. Someone who was loyal and didn’t like to see others hurting.

Jill modeled and spent time in front of my camera. Below are a few images I took of her dating back to 2009. I had the privilege of photographing her wedding with Steven Cayton in 2011 at Playalinda Beach, Florida. I’m honored she asked me to capture that special day for them. They said their vows with close family and friends nearby. Both were happy and showed the depth of their love through their smiles as they looked into one another’s eyes. I can't imagine how hard this is for him.

We've lost three beautiful souls in the model photography network this past year. Our group spent quality time creating art and sharing our passion for creativity. Jill and I talked about meeting up recently, and we never did. If you're reading this, I hope it's a reminder to reach out to those you haven't seen in a while.

No words can express just how much Jill meant to me. Her spirit won't be forgotten, and she will be missed—my heartfelt condolences go out to her family during this time.

Jill Cayton

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