This Photographer Has Been Capturing Grandparents With Their Grandchildren and They’re So Heartwarming To See

Sujata Setia is a multi-award winning photographer based in London, UK. She started her photography journey when she became a mom and realized she loved taking pictures of her daughter, Aayat.

Since then, she has never looked back and now has numerous galleries and workshops under her portfolio. One of her works is photographing grandparents with their grandkids. The reason behind this project is that she has never been photographed with her own grandparents and in fact, she doesn’t have a single photo with them.

“And so, I have sworn that whichever part of the world I will travel to now,” Setia told Bored Panda. “I will make sure to photograph a grandparent or great grandparent with their grandchild… for how often really do we get our grandparents into the frame?!”

The project has helped her reminisce her own childhood and her encounters with elderly people have taught her a lot about life in general.

Setia’s work has been published in prominent magazines such as Forbes, Vanity Fair, The Daily Mail, and Good Housekeeping magazine.

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I’ve loved photographing grandparents with their grandchildren just so much this year… it feels like I’ll never ever stop doing that now. Such wonderful people I’ve met along my journey… so much I’ve gained from their wisdom. Granddad – David and Little Marney here in this image are totally crazily in love with each other and their interaction was just hilarious. I’m going to post a behind the scene video from this shoot for you guys on my ig stories to watch. After the shoot got over, grandad David dropped me to my home in his car (ya I still don’t drive 😔). While we were chatting I asked him how he so easily became a kid with his grandchildren. “I’m such an impatient person. I’m always asking Aayat to grow up. I mean she’d literally sometimes start giggling or doing crazy kiddish stuff in a Mall with loads of people around hoping that I will join in with her, and I’m like totally begging her to behave like grown ups. I just can’t wait for her to grow up. Honestly!!!,” I said to him with so much passion and parental angst. He chuckled in his adorable Dumbledore-ish way and said very matter-of-factly “oh but what’s better? Them growing older or us becoming younger?” . Crazy how all our life we are trying to look younger than what we actually are. With products we use, with food we eat… with our regime and actions… we are always projecting a younger version of ourself and yet when our kids ask of us to rekindle the child in us, we run for cover. So here I go then. I promise I’m going to let Aayat find the child in me and let it go wild without inhibitions and without a worry in the world. For tonight I’m going to be a child with my child!!! . . . . . . . #documentyourdays_motherhood #dearphotographer #domagfaves #follow_this_light #cameramama #momentsinthesun #mymagicalmoments #ourcandidlife #pocket_sweetness #the_sweet_life_unscripted #shared_joy #letthemexplore #mh_challenge_212 #the_sugar_jar #dearestviewfinder #lifewellcaptured #getin52 #cpcfeature #mothersday #jj_forum_1901 #moc_040 #ct_mif

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In the middle of the night sometimes I slip quietly into their room just to watch my daughter- Aayat sleep peacefully in the arms of my mother-in-law (Amma). . I’m not sure why it took me so many years to fall in love with this beautiful woman… had I become a victim of prejudices? Perhaps so. Perhaps, I had allowed myself to believe that to love the mother of your partner isn’t the norm. And so for several years following my marriage, I made it a point to distance myself from Amma and if and when we met, I chose dissent over devotion as the form of communication. Unbelievably so, Amma relentlessly gave back love. For every wrong word I uttered, Amma would shower me back with even more affection. Sometimes it made me intensely angry. I started to feel my faults. They made me dislike the person I had become but what could I do as I was colonised by my own beliefs. . After Aayat was born I went through a phase where I was seeking my own identity… that which was beyond being a mother, a daughter or a wife. Amma gave me the confidence to set up my photography business. Aayat was 11-months-old when I got my first assignment. I remember calling her from the shoot location and crying my heart out. The client had handed me £400 in cash for the work and that was my first earning after marriage. I couldn’t have done that without Amma. And that is exactly what I told her. I told her “I am sorry” a million times through my tears… as she cried with me. I cried even more when I realised that it took her less than a heartbeat to forgive me for a decade of my misgivings. . Why is it that we allow for our thoughts, our beliefs to be colonised? When all it ever takes for happiness to shine it’s light on us… is for us to give back love. . Let love conquer!! . . . . #childphotographer #londonphotographer #londonfamilyphotographer #bestfamilyphoto #fabulousshot #photooftheday #bravogreatphoto #makeportrait #ir_worldphoto #heart_imprint_vip #fansy_kids #yourkidssmile #pixelkids #nikon #nikond800 #butnaturalphotography #contacttheelderly #magicmarvels #followthesun #followthelight #ig_myshot #resourcemag #countrylivingmagazine

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There is this incredible charity here in England called “Contact The Elderly” @contact_teas. They bring together elderlies who live in solitude to interact with the outer world and find some moments of happiness. One of the activities they do is to organise tea parties for such elderlies and I have been privileged enough to host two such tea parties at my home… one of which happened this afternoon. I still feel numb and so overcome with emotions. One of the elderlies I spoke with today said “I remember the days when I was a young mother. I was restless and busy and so many times I recall asking my children to talk less, to give me a break, to let me work, to play on their own, to go sleep in their own room. Much as I loved being a parent I also wanted to balance out and get my own space. Now all I am left with, is that space. So much of it infact that I crave to hear sounds and loud noises. I want my children shouting from all corners again, calling out my name. Needing me.” Her words put so much for me in perspective. When she spoke of her younger days it almost felt like it was me talking. I so many times become impatient with Aayat and insensitive towards her needs. But suddenly today it feels like I need to be more abundant in my love as a mother. I need to develop more patience. I need to allow Aayat to speak more, express more. I need to listen. For it won’t be long before she will grow up and I won’t get to hear a soft voice shouting “mummy” a thousand times over. . . . . . . #clickinmoms #candidchildhood #childhoodunplugged #momazine #letthembelittle #momswithcameras #nothingisordinary #mom_hub #momtogs #exploretocreate #thebloomforum #bicfp #watchthisinstagood #click_vision #beyondthewanderlust #featurememozi #infinity_children #huffpostgram #clickmagazine #lookslikefilm #thelifestylecollective #unitedinmotherhood #wildandbravelittles #iamnikon #natgeoyourshot #official_photography_hub #dearphotographer #cpcfeature #instagram_kids

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When I was a little girl and my parents were trying to teach me how to write my name, I remember always writing “Sugata” instead of “Sujata”. My parents tried correcting me several times but my Grand father would always say “YOU ARE RIGHT.” In a letter he wrote to me before he passed away (my father handed it over to me when I turned 18) my grandpa wrote “the whole world is waiting out there to judge you and tell you that you are wrong. But don’t forget that Grandpa will always think that YOU ARE RIGHT.” It is this unconditional faith my grandpa had in me and my abilities that has made me the person I am today. His arms were my safe zone. The place I would goto when I wanted to feel healed, inspired and loved… truly, unconditionally, without being judged on scorecards of rights and wrongs. And so this year I have resolved to be that same comfort zone for my daughter. I have promised her a space where she can be silly! Without being told that she’s wrong, for we all need a place in the world where all we are ever told is that “YOU ARE RIGHT!” Happy New year my dear friends… may this year you find that one person who becomes your emotional oasis. . . . . . . #clickinmoms #candidchildhood #childhoodunplugged #momazine #letthembelittle #momswithcameras #nothingisordinary #mom_hub #momtogs #exploretocreate #thebloomforum #bicfp #watchthisinstagood #click_vision #beyondthewanderlust #featurememozi #infinity_children #huffpostgram #clickmagazine #lookslikefilm #thelifestylecollective #unitedinmotherhood #wildandbravelittles #iamnikon #natgeoyourshot #official_photography_hub #dearphotographer #cpcfeature #instagram_kids

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This year has been such an incredible journey of self realisation for me. I have taken time out to produce art that I truly relate to and that comes from a place of love in my heart. One of the closest people to me in my life was my maternal grand mother and I lost her too early… too early for me to really understand and appreciate the meaning of that relationship. It is only now that I see my daughter growing up amidst the love and affection of her grandparents do I truly understand the significance of that bond. And now when I look back on those times my grand ma held me in her arms… I remember so vividly… her hands were so rough from years of working hard yet no one had ever held me in their arms with such tenderness as she did. Her voice was feeble and hoarse as age had snatched away its melody, yet the lullabies she sang to me were the sweetest symphonies I have ever heard. Her teeth… I remember there were none left when I last saw her laugh. I remember laughing right back at her and saying "grandma you look so funny when you laugh…" and just as I said those words, she laughed even louder, then held me in a tight embrace… only for me to realise months later that that would be the final embrace of our lives. My images this year of grandparents and their grandchildren from around the world is an ode to what I shared with my own grandma. Happy New Year everyone. May the love in your life truly shine and take you places this coming year. . . . . . . #clickinmoms #candidchildhood #childhoodunplugged #momazine #letthembelittle #momswithcameras #nothingisordinary #mom_hub #momtogs #exploretocreate #thebloomforum #bicfp #watchthisinstagood #click_vision #beyondthewanderlust #featurememozi #infinity_children #huffpostgram #clickmagazine #lookslikefilm #thelifestylecollective #unitedinmotherhood #wildandbravelittles #iamnikon #natgeoyourshot #official_photography_hub #dearphotographer #cpcfeature #instagram_kids

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