How often do your children get to spend time with lolo and lola? Creating meaningful relationships between grandparent and grandchild have outstanding benefits -- lowering the elderly’s risk of age-related physical and mental decline. Not only that, children need all the love and attention they can get, and lolos and lolas have so much of it to give.
Photographer Ivette Ivens has managed to capture the unique bond between grandparent and grandchild in a series she calls “Generations,” starring her children and parents. The love and connection are almost tangible; you certainly want to hug your grandparents.
The Lithuanian-born mom is known for taking breastfeeding photos that are near-magical, but she says she has an equal passion for photographing multiple generations in one shot. “There is just something so personal, so humbling and so dear about it,” she wrote, describing the series on Facebook.
Her sons, 5-year-old Kevin and 2-year-old Dilan, only get to see their grandparents, Romualdas and Jadvyga, once a year because they still reside in Lithuania, while Ivette and her family live in the U.S. So it’s a special time in the Ivens household when Lolo and Lola come to visit. Ivette told Huffington Post that her boys get so excited that the kids forget about everything else, including mom and dad.
The photo below, she said, is her favorite from the series. It’s of the bunch sharing a bed in peaceful slumber, hands holding on to each other, and bathed in soft sunlight. “It was such a sincere and quiet moment. I’m so happy I had my camera with me.”
In case you were wondering, the photos are not staged. “I've always found beauty in photos that are organic and sincere — when you look at them 10 or 20 years from now, no matter how much you've changed or where life took you, you can relive that moment and feel exactly what you felt years ago at that exact minute,” she told PopSugar. “Children and elders are the perfect subjects for these type of photos as they don't pay attention to me clicking away with my camera, which allows me to capture those real genuine moments.”
Though the family’s time together is short, Ivette said she’s thankful for each moment and all the things her parents get to pass on to their grandchildren. “My parents teach my children things they could never learn from any book, and even though they are so young, somehow I think the boys intuitively understand that,” she told Huffington Post.
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Here are a few more from the series:
“This is everything,” Ivette wrote in the caption for this photo.
“What could be better than hanging out with Grandpa?”