How to Plan a Retirement Celebration | Houston Event Photographer

Tara Flannery is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) based in The Woodlands and Conroe, TX.  Tara Flannery Photography specializes in event photography and knows how to plan a retirement celebration.  See more event photography in the gallery.  Contact me to book your event today!

How to Plan a Retirement Celebration

Retirement.  We all plan and hope for that day!  Once the day finally arrives, it is filled with bittersweet emotion.  Your people and communities and friendships have been formed over many years.  You’ve been through lots of ups and downs together, both professionally and personally.  These are your friends and your work family.  Sometimes you see them more than you see your own family!  Although they will miss you, they are happy for this next chapter in your life.  Celebrate well.  Plan a retirement celebration.

  1. Invite friends.  For an office celebration, invite everyone that you’ve worked with over the years.  Even if you haven’t worked with them for some time, they will still want to wish you well.  Allow them the opportunity.
  2. Have food.  People will stay and munch for a little longer when there is food.  And we like to eat and celebrate with food – it’s a time-worn tradition.
  3. Prepare a few words.  Either as the honoree or a guest, it’s nice to say a few words about your journey in the company and your journey with co-workers.  Gather your memories and stories and tell about it!
  4. Enjoy!  This is a time of celebration.  Enjoy the connections and be grateful for the journey.

A Retirement Celebration for Chris

Chris has been with ExxonMobile for 30 years.  It was time for retirement.  His assistant contacted me to photograph the informal retirement celebration at the office.  I arrived to a beautiful space on the campus.  Flowers and food made for a perfect welcome for guests.  People arrived and gave him hugs and well wishes.  The guest book recorded memories and stories of all they have shared and congratulations for a job well done.  Chris enjoyed laughing and chatting with guests and finally getting something to eat at the very end.  One of my favorite images is of Chris with his arm around a co-worker: so comfortable and comforting in this time of transition.  It is a beautiful testimony to his character.  All my best, Chris, in whatever life holds for your next chapter.

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