Ladd Family, Extended Family Session

This family got together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their parents (or grandparents, depending on who you are talking to!) and asked if I would come take a few pictures of them while they were all in one place! Of course I was happy to, so we braved the summer heat and made it happen. :) At one moment, I asked Connie what the secret to a long marriage was, and she said something to the effect of, "God, first. And you also have to make sure your marriage is a safe place to tell each other what you are feeling. If you are feeling like your spouse is working too much, for example, you need to be able to tell them. And they need to be able to hear it with grace. We haven't always agreed with each other in 50 years, but we needed to learn how to have grace and patience to work through those times." I thought that was advice worth sharing, as it seems to have been successful for these two! <3

Happy anniversary! And thanks so much for letting me take pictures of you all!