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Photographing 50 Years Together

Lesley O'Donnell - Friday, February 10, 2017


One of the most rewarding things for me as an established portrait photographer is being there to photograph families as they evolve. 

My journey with this family began last century when I photographed Mary and John’s wedding in 1999. Not that long ago really, but it is fun to be able to make that reference back to the days when weddings and portraits were photographed with larger cameras and the magical medium of film.


Over the years since then it has been the greatest honour to have photographed the significant milestones in their lives: from pregnancies, newborns, toddlers, growing children and this time to record Mary’s extended family who gathered to celebrate her parent’s 50th wedding anniversary.

I love these occasions as they cement what loving families are all about. Family. 


Pappous John elected a formal pose with a serious expression in the photos but his grandchildren were privy to the secret words and antics that drew an unguarded, reactive smile from him. Priceless!


The four grandchildren have such a lovely rapport and friendship with each other and it was a joy to witness their ease around one another and indeed with their grandparents whom they clearly all adore.

John and Mela’s home is decorated with family photos and I am thrilled that now a collection of these latest family portraits will be proudly displayed for all to enjoy.

Family Portraits of 50th Wedding Anniversary

Lesley O'Donnell - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Families mean everything to our older citizens and these days many of them are lucky enough to be living with three or four generations enhancing their lives. Nino and Lucy are one such fortunate couple.

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They recently celebrated 50 years as a married couple by having professional portraits taken together and with their children and their families. 

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The delight for me was how Nino portrayed himself formally in every grouping until he and Lucy had their two granddaughters, Contessa and Olivia, to themselves. Then he couldn’t retain his delight and burst into an unrestrained smile. Actually, I think I would call it a beam that spread from ear to ear! Just gorgeous!

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