It used to strike me as strange that almost all of my anniversary session couples are photographers. But then I thought about it a little more, and realized it was anything but strange- photographers are the one who know, firsthand, just how very important it is to not only celebrate, but document the seasons in between your typical milestones.
There’s this tendency, I think, to have photographs taken for all the “big” stuff- your engagement, wedding, newborn portraits… that sort of thing. But if that’s the reality, what about all the time in between? That’s YEARS of your life that could go undocumented, uncelebrated. And for so many married couples, that’s where so much of the good stuff happens! In the in-betweens. The milestones are beautiful, but so are those “ordinary” years- the ones where you’re doing life together, raising children together, becoming closer and closer as best friends.
Scott & Marirosa have portraits taken every year, and I cannot tell you how much I love that! Two years ago, they celebrated 20 (TWENTY!) years of marriage, and this could have very easily been a year they chose to skip. But they didn’t, and I love them for it. Twenty-two years of marriage and, as Marirosa said it best, they still look at each other like ^this^.
Friends, that is worth celebrating. In a world so disenchanted by the notion of marriage, that look of love is worth celebrating and documenting. It’s worth getting dressed up, holding one another close, kissing just a little longer, and toasting with a glass of bubbly. Because the truth of it is that 22 years doesn’t just happen; it takes work, HARD work.
Scott & Marirosa, I am so honored you chose me to capture you taking a moment to pause and raise a glass to 22 years of marriage. Here’s to 50 more years- may they be even richer than your first nearly-quarter century together!