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Meet Mary!  Her family threw her a 90th birthday party in the nursing home.


After posting this image on our Facebook page, we mentioned that this is why we love our job.  This is why we do what we do. No special posing. No lighting setup. No beautiful location. Capturing real, raw emotion.  (That’s Mary’s daughter, Charlotte, giving her a kiss.)


So many smiles and hugs.



This is Mary’s sister-in-law.  I love this image so much.


They wanted a picture together.



This photo may not mean much to this little guy now, but in thirty years we’re sure he’ll treasure this shot of him holding hands with his great-great grandmother.


Another great-great grandchild to Mary.



No, this photo isn’t perfectly posed or perfectly lit, but it does shows how much love was in the room for Mary.


Getting a five-generation photo was really important to Charlotte.  Here they are!


Mary even played pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey!


I think she did well.


More photos with family and friends.




Happy birthday, Mary!


Charlotte, thank you for asking us to photograph this incredibly important day.  We were honored.

-Caitlynn & Nick

October 3, 2015 - 3:27 pm

Bobbi - I LOVE that this family decided to get photos of Mary’s birthday! Such a sweet gesture. Beautiful images as always. Sending high fives and big hugs your way. 😀

October 4, 2015 - 12:10 am

Kristineb - This is so sweet! The fam will definitely be cherishing these memories for many years!!!

October 4, 2015 - 4:53 pm

kristina - beautiful! Mary is gorgeous 90 years young! Congrats Mary! What a beautiful family, a treasured legacy Mary has and you captured. <3

October 4, 2015 - 6:54 pm

lauren - Beautiful images of a beautiful family!

October 4, 2015 - 9:12 pm

Natalie - Oh my goodness, I adore these. I can just feel the love in that room for sweet Mary. And the B&W image of her and her sister-in-law is just too precious!

October 5, 2015 - 12:40 pm

Julina - happy birthday sweet mary! You are so lived and it shows! Such precious moments captured!!!

October 5, 2015 - 11:00 pm

Jenny - This whole idea is beautiful. Happy birthday to Mary! So wonderful to see so much love in one room.

October 6, 2015 - 12:00 am

shannon - there are no words to say how much i love these and how much i love that they captured every moment of it. such beautiful photos….so full of love, happiness, friendship and family. simply beautiful!!

October 6, 2015 - 7:05 am

maike - How awesome! My mom hired a professional photog for my grandfathers surprise 75th anniversary and while they aren’t candid images, they are images we treasure.

October 6, 2015 - 10:15 am

Chrissy - What a wonderful thing to be able to photograph!!! Happy Birthday, Mary!! What a beautiful legacy you have!

October 6, 2015 - 2:18 pm

erin s - These are so special! So much happiness and love! Happy birthday Mary!

October 7, 2015 - 12:10 pm

katie - this post brought me to tears. You can see all the generations, all the love, all the change – This is so moving!!!!

October 8, 2015 - 10:19 am

zach and sarah - Wow, what sweet memories you captured! Can you imagine all the change she’s seen in 90 years? I love that you captured a piece of that! Love them all!

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