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Parents and their Children

Parents and their Children

„The depth of the love of parents for their children cannot be measured. It is like no other relationship.“ – James E. Faust

I believe that this very special relationship between parents and their children is visible frequently.
Sometimes it can give you fantastic opportunities for double portraits.
For that reason I like to approach parents (and their children) when I’m traveling abroad and looking for interesting portraits.
Many parents are proud of their children, and in some cultures they are happy to see that a photographer has interest to take their portraits. Particularly if you choose a friendly and careful approach – maybe without instantly talking about a photo, but simply showing interest – then, as my experience has taught me, denial is rare.

Depending on how the contact is developing I might portray both of them together or only the child first. And, in some cases, I also later find the opportunity to portray the mother (or father) alone.

Here are some examples from the last years …

 

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition Bhutan, Wangdue, Mother & Son

A mother with her son in Wangdue, Bhutan – September 2012

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition India, Kerala, Kathakali, Temple Festival, Father and Daughter

A father and his daughter at the Kathakali Temple Festival in Kerala, India – January 2015

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition, Africa, Tanzania, Massai, Ngorongoro, Mother and Child

A Massai mother with her child in Ngorongoro National Park, Tanzania – January 2012

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition India, Haridwar, Ashram, Father and Son

A father and his son in an Ashram in Haridwar, India – March 2010

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition Cambodia, Siem Reap, Angkor, Tonle Sap, Snake

A girl with her pet snake on the Tonle Sap lake in Cambodia – January 2008

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition Bhutan, Trongsa, Rain, Shelter, Roadside

A mother and her son on the roadside on the way to Trongsa, Bhutan – July 2011

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition India, Delhi, Jama Masjid, Grand Mosque

Father (in background) and son in the ‘Jama Masjid’ in Delhi, India – February 2013

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition Bhutan, Bumthang, Mother and son, marvel

Mother and son in Bumthang, Bhutan – July 2011

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition Sri Lanka, Galle, Tuk-Tuk, Family

A family in a TuK-Tuk in Galle, Sri Lanka – December 2008

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition Vietnam, Hoi An, School, Family, Balloons

A family in front of a school in Hoi An, Vietnam – January 2008

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition Laos, Luang Prabang, Communism, Father and Son, Motorbike

Father and son on a motorbike in Luang Prabang, Laos – February 2014

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition Laos, Luang Prabang, Mekong, Mother and Child

A mother with her child at the Mekong river in Lang Prabang, Laos – February 2014

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition India, Goa, Beach, Father ad Daughter, Sea, first experience

A father with his daughter on the beach in Goa, India – December 2013

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition Oman, Nyzwa, Cattle Market, Omani, Father and Son

A young Omani with his father at the cattle market in Nyzwa, Oman – December 2013

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition Nepal, Kathmandu, Girl, Pigtail

Girl holding hand with her mother in Kathmandu, Nepal – September 2012

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition India, Varanasi, door frame, grandchild, grandfather

A grandchild with her grandfather in Varanasi, India – March 2010

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition Bhutan, Punakha, holding hands

A young boy at the hand of his mother in Punakha, Bhutan – March 2014

Travel Photography, Photo Trio, Cologne, Kathrin and Jan

Kathrin with her son Jan in Cologne – July 2008

Travel Photography, Photo Trip, Cologne, Milchborntal

Stephan and his mother Anne in our garden – July 2008

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition Vietnam, Hoi An, Sienna, Game, Hiding

Sienna beneath the skirt of her mother Wiebke – Vietnam, January 2008

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition India, Goa, Claudia, Norea

Claudia with her daughter Norea in Goa, India – January 2013

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition, Japan, Tokyo, Cherry Blossom, Festival, Selfie

A mother with her daughter shooting a ‘selfie’ during cherry blossom season in Tokyo, Japan – April 2014

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition USA, New York, Hello Kitty

Father photographs his son in front of ‘Hello Kitty’ in New York – Juny 2010

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition Bhutan, Thimphu, Temple, Prayer Wheels, Mother and Children

A mother with her children in a temple in Thimphu, Bhutan – July 2011

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition India, Rajasthan, Jaipur, train station, waiting, family

A family is waiting for their train – Jaipur, India – December 2013

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition India, Rajasthan, Train, Encounter, Trip

A young mother and her son in a train in Rajasthan, India – December 2013

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition Japan, Tokyo, Cherry Blossom, Festival, Parade

A daughter and her mother during a cherry blossom parade in Tokyo, Japan – April 2014

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition Thailand, Chiang Mai, Temple Festival, Maga Puja, Buddhism

Father and son in a temple during the ‘Maga Puja’ festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand – February 2014

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition India, Rajasthan, Jodhpur, Grandmother and Grandchild

A grandmother with her grandchild in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India – December 2013

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition India, Kerala, Temple Festival, Father and Daughter

Father and Daughters during a temple festival in Kerala, India – January 2015

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition Indonesia, Bali, Family, Motorbike, Space, Narrowness

A family on a motorbike in Bali, Indonesia – December 2010

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Tuk Tuk, Speed

Father (driver) and son in a Tuk-Tuk in Phnom Penh, Cambodia – January 2008

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition Bhutan, Phobjikha, Grandmother and Grandchild, Thorge Berger

Myself, showing  photo I just took to a grandmother and her grandchild – Phobjikha, Bhutan – March 2014

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