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Photographing Grandparents and Grandchildren

Author: Libby - Printique by Adorama

What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies. ~Rudy Giuliani
Grandparents Day is just around the corner. No matter how you say it, Na Na, Pa Pa, Nonna, Nonno, Lola, Lolo, Savta, Saba, it all means unconditional love.
If you are wondering what to get the grandparents to show them your gratitude, you can bet some prints of their grandchildren ranks as number one. Of course they would love images of their grandchildren smiling and laughing. However, it’s just as important to document the grandchildren with the grandparents.
There are lots of ways you can photograph grandchildren and grandparents together.
1. Posed
Have everyone face the camera. Grandchildren and Grandparents should get comfortable with each other and have it less posed. Grandchildren hanging on their grandparents or sitting on their laps is the perfect way to capture everyone’s smiles and laughter.

2. Activities
I played a lot of  Wahoo with my grandma back in the day. I wish someone would have snapped a picture of me playing this game with her. Lots of conversations were had over this game and I learned a lot about my grandmother. Take pictures of  your children doing those favorite activities with their grandparents.You may want to switch to a telephoto lens for this and give them space to play.  This type of photograph is sure to bring back nostalgic memories for both grandparents and grandchildren.
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3. Artistic and Close Up
Not all of the images need to be of faces. One of my favorite images to see is the hand of a child in that of an elder. It shows the contrast between the young and the experienced.

 4. Individual Shots
If there is more than one grandchild, make sure to get individual shots of each grandchild with each grandparent. This way, each grandchild will have at least one photograph of their special bond with their grandparent.
5. Frequently Photograph
Children change daily, it’s important to capture them with their grandparents as much as possible. As children change, so does their relationship with their grandparents. It’s important to document these important stages in everyone’s life.
Of course none of this make a difference, if you don’t have the images printed. Take the time to print them out or put them in an Printique photo book. We have plenty of themes to choose from.  To get inspired, feel free to look through our template gallery. You can find it HERE. 
-Written by Libby for Adoramapix
-Images via Shutterstock for editorial purposes