Ron & Mary Kay 50th Anniversary Photo Session
This week my husband and I celebrated our 12th Wedding Anniversary. It seems like we have been married for a very long time. Don't get me wrong we still love each other very much, but I wonder if it will wane as time goes on. This same week we had the good fortune to be hired by Ron and Mary Kay to photograph their 50th Wedding Anniversary. What an accomplishment! 50 years together! It’s definitely an occasion that is rare these days. I have been hired to photograph a few couples marking this incredible milestone and it makes me stop and ponder "How have they stayed together so long? What is their secret?
In each of these special photo session I have been struck with awe at the love I still saw shining in their eyes for each other. One of the husbands during one of these sessions wouldn’t smile at all until I ask him to hold his wife’s face in his hands and look into her eyes. Slowly his smile grew at the corners of his mouth and then into his eyes which sparkled down at her. It took my breath away! Now that's, "True Love"! After getting a couple of images, I turned to my husband and said “Why don’t you every look at me like that?
What must it be like to love someone for 50 years? I asked each of the couples what their secret was and each couple said it wasn’t easy. They said; "It took work, every day by both parties". I watched these couples through the lens of my camera and they all enjoyed each others company. They were quick with a smile and laugh. In fact, one wife said to me that her husband was really very funny. Is that the secret to a long marriage? A good sense of humor? I think it must play a big part, because in a 1 hour photo session this couple laughed a lot.
It was a joy to work with these two people who have shared 50 years together. Ron and May Kay found that they both had a talent and a love of music so they sing together in their local church choir every week. They took ballroom dancing classes together and really enjoyed it. They raised two sons that they are proud of and they have 8 grandchildren. Their married life hasn't been easy but they have found away to find joy in each other and I for one, believe there is no greater treasure then growing old with the one you love.