Mildred Turns 100!

I had the privilege of photographing a very special birthday recently. Mildred celebrated her 100th with many of her family and friends.

During events like this, I try to mingle with family and friends (while taking pictures) to get to know them a little more. I cannot tell you all of the great things that were said about Mildred! So many people were willing to share fond memories and stories with me that I couldn’t help but feel honored to have the opportunity to photograph this milestone for such a wonderful person. In her 100 years, Mildred has left a mark on many people throughout her family and community.

Mildred has been blessed with 5 children, 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren (with one on the way), and 1 great-great grandchild. From what I learned of this family in the time that I was with them is that Mildred has been surrounded by good times and laughter her entire life. I watched Mildred throughout the day and she had a continuous smile and joy on her face.

At the end of the event, I approached Mildred to give my congratulations and tell her goodbye. There was one thing I knew that I could not leave without, her advice on achieving a long, happy life.

“I don’t have the answer, you should stay healthy and drink a lot of water.”

In the spirit of honesty, she did give me one more suggestion but I am going to keep that one between her and me!  

Thank you to Mildred and her family for welcoming me into the celebration. If you would like to view all the photos from the big day, click here!

Danielle Jorae