Her eyes sparkled and she even knew most of the great grandkids’ names, or at least knew they were hers. This was her brood and they all clearly loved her.  She sat with her sister below the Happy 100 Years banner, framed by flowers, welcoming everyone as they arrived. This is the way to arrive at the centenarian mark.

Spontaneous warm hugs erupting everywhere as generations caught up with each other’s goings on. Sharing stories going back 70 years.

Collages of mostly B&W images help tell her story and those connected to her. Going back 84 years to when she was 16 in 1930. (Can you believe that? Wow.)

She smiled back over the years, timeless, in her images, in her moment.  It struck me how precious these images had become, the story they told, the reminder that she had a startling interesting life that we should ask her about it.

Photographs. They are so precious. Being young now, you cannot imagine how precious yours will become.

Cameras. Tiny memory makers everywhere, it made me smile at the thought that perhaps a 100 years from now they would be part of someone else’s collage.

But today was Sadie’s day. She is my wife’s Dad’s sister. It was so cool to be there.

I hope you get to attend someone’s 100th birthday too. It’s something really amazing.

Even better, I hope you have great images for your collage when you turn 100.

Posted by: Mark Laurie

World-renown photoartist Mark Laurie of Inner Spirit Photography specializes in Female Portraiture: nudes, boudoir, prenatal & fine art. His empowering images of women reveal their heart & soul.