Photographer Ivette Ivens has made a name for herself shooting powerful, ethereal photographs that break down the stigma of breastfeeding. Now she's at it again with a new project called "Generations," in which she turns the lens on her own family in order to capture the genuine bond between grandparents and their grandchildren.
"My parents are older and every time I see them I can't help but wonder: Will I be lucky enough to see them again next year?" Ivens explains. "I feel so blessed that my children are able to experience the everlasting love and guidance of grandparents. It's so important and life-changing, really."
Ivens told Parents.com that part of the reason she loves seeing her children and her parents teaching each other, playing together, and telling stories is that it takes her back to her own childhood and reminds her of the most important things in life. "We are all so busy with our daily lives, we sometimes forget what really matters," she explained to us. "We take our parents for granted and we think they are going to be around forever."
So true. I lost my father a few years ago and would give anything to have photos like these of him with my kids. There is just something about the way they seem so natural and informal that makes them feel all the more precious and real.
"Children and [older] adults don't try to pose," Ivens explained. "They don't care what they are wearing, they don't try to show off their best features. The moments captured in these photographs are candid and reflect the relationship that my children have with my parents."
As for her favorite, she says it's the one of her sons Dilan and Kevin taking a nap with their grandparents. "It was a very candid moment, not staged, and I just happened to have a camera in my hand," she said. "My heart fills with joy seeing two parts of my life bonding in such a special way."