When Kim submitted this session, my heart immediately throbbed. Anyone following me for any length of time knows that all of my grandparents have passed away. However, I have the GREATEST memories of visiting them, having sleepovers, going up north, going to dinner & a show, and more. This genre of shooting really hits home when I thing of all of my memories turning fuzzy and it’s just plain too late to photograph them. What I loved most about this session photographer Kimberly Ebbets did of her grandparents, is that she took the few extra seconds to note some of the quotes they said throughout their time together. Looking through the photos is one thing, but pairing them with Grandma & Grandpa’s words makes them exceptionally stronger. I can hear their character and feel the sense of wit Grandpa has about him. Be prepared to be inspired!
Here’s what Kim had to say about photographing Grandpa and Grandpa session:
Over the summer, my little sister got married. During a slow dance, I watched my grandparents dance together, their hands clasped within each together, smiling the entire time. The thought crossed my mind about how I wished I had my camera on me. Sixty nine years married and they still love to dance. It dawned on me how I wanted to spend a weekend with my grandparents and photograph them being them. So as their birthday treat (grandma had just turned 93 and grandpa was about to turn 95), I flew out to Arizona to spend the weekend with them.
“i never did propose. i asked her to move in with me into the barracks” – gpa
“what a stinker, he never proposed. and he asked after the third date!” – gma
“i’ve never won bingo here before.” – gpa
five minutes later “i got bingo!” – gpa
“have i shown you the library? it’s nice. they have all these books that you can borrow. and puzzles” – gpa
“i love you” – gma
“ditto” – gpa
“did you just ditto me?!” – gma
“i did. ditto” – gpa chuckling
“my favorite memory growing up? swimming in the hudson river. oh and there was a place we used to go too. b.a.b. you know what b.a.b was? bare ass beach. funny how memories are triggered.” -gpa