Engagement photoshoots have become extremely common for newly engaged couples. We usually only see younger couples getting this kind of photos done, but older couples deserve to have their love captured, too. And there’s one photographer who is realizing this.
Sujata Setia started working five years ago as a family photographer, but she did notice that people only came to get photos taken with their children and spouses. She never had clients who asked her to photograph their parents or grandparents or even photos of their children and parents.
She decided to divide her work into 2 parts. She said: “I spent one half of my month photographing my clients the way they wanted me to and the other half was dedicated to requesting elderly people like grandparents and great-grandparents (who I would invite via model calls or would randomly approach in public places) to come and be photographed by me with their grandkids. On one such shoot in Houston, Texas, this year, I noticed that while I was photographing one grandparent with their grandchild, the other grandparent was just standing silently in a corner. So, for the sake of their memories together, I asked both grandparents if I could do a couple’s photoshoot… and I haven’t stopped doing that now. Whichever country I visit, I make sure I photograph elderly couples there together and I cannot express how fulfilling these love photos has been for me. The stories I hear of their lives together… and the pure and honest true love that I witness in the course of these shoots is just beyond amazing. “When we were young, we had so much around us to distract us. Expressing love has always seemed to be so rushed… so incomplete. But now that we have only each other, this real love, this companionship is all that matters,” one of the elderlies said to me.”