Family will ‘treasure’ five-generations photo

Sunday 26th June 2022 4:00 pm
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A LOCAL photographer has captured a stunning image of five generations of the women of one Wellington family, ranging from six years old to almost 93.

Karen Kimmins took the photograph last week after realising that, as a professional portrait photographer, she needed to have a formal portrait of her own family.

The photo features Karen, her mother, grandmother, her daughter and her granddaughter.

She told the Wellington Weekly News: “We live in this digital age where many people now have very little in the way of actual, real, tangible prints of their families, favouring digital folders on social media instead.

“I wonder in the future, will children be able to find photos of their families when they go looking?”

The most senior person in the picture is 92-year-old Thelma Grabham, who has lived in Rockwell Green for over 60 years and is lovingly known as “Nanny Rockers” to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

“We’ve always been a very close family and have always spent a lot of time with our Nan,” said Karen. “Growing up, my siblings and I used to spend most weekends at our grandparents whilst our mum worked. When I had my four daughters, I carried on visiting every week.

“Now my eldest daughter has two daughters of her own and we still visit once a week after school for a chat and biscuits.

“We love listening to her stories of her childhood and how different life was back then.”

Karen took the picture using the 10-second timer on the camera before dashing into position.

She said she believes that family portraits are very important.

She said: “They are one of the few things that gain more value with time.

“I know that this five generations portrait that I have taken of us all, will be one of my most treasured possessions, and one day, will hold even more value and many happy memories for my granddaughter.”

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