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Garden Portrait Photoshoot with Inger || My Grandma

February 20, 2019

Everyone, meet Inger! She is one of the kindest and most beautiful people I know. She also happens to be my Mormor (grandma in Danish)! Last month was her birthday and I thought it would be fun to use this as an occasion to share a few pictures that I took of her last spring in her beautiful garden and to also share a few treasures of wisdom I have learned from her 🙂

1) APPRECIATE NATURE: Some of my fondest memories of my time together with my grandparents include being outdoors; going on nature walks together, learning about the different kinds of plants in the garden, bird watching and looking up insects we would find in the insect encyclopedia. There are very few flowers that my grandma would not be able to name, and very few birds that she would not recognize and I always have and still admire her great love and appreciation for nature. She helped teach me to love nature for all of its beauty and to be in awe of the intricacies of it.

2) BE KIND: My grandma’s garden is her sacred place, so whenever snails or slugs would infest the garden and start eating away at her precious flowers and plants she would recruit us grandchildren to collect them for her. Then she would take the bucket full of snails, walk a few kilometers to a nearby swamp area and lovingly release all the snails into the nature in a place that she hoped they would thrive. She is the kind of person who treasures life, and who shows kindness towards the world and its beings- both big and small – and she shows a great kindness towards people and animals alike.

3) CROCHET: When I was about 8, my grandma taught me how to crochet and knit. I still remember her patience as she sat with me in her living room gently teaching me the ins and outs of hooking the yarn over and through . . . and over and through. . . She showed me the blankets that were crocheted by her own mother, her grandmother and her great grandmother, and through her teaching me the art of crocheting, she also taught me the importance and beauty of connecting with one’s ancestors. Crocheting is a hobby that I have kept through the years, and it is also a method of feeling connected with my ancestors and heritage, and I owe this to my grandma.

I carry the same middle name as her – Kirstine – and I am so proud and grateful to share this name with such a wonderful, gentle, kind and beautiful woman! I hope you all enjoy these pictures of Inger in her garden and that you can feel the kindness and love of this woman through these pictures! Enjoy!


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  1. Stacie says:

    Love this! Beautiful images and the sentiment is so sweet! Sounds like your grandma is a special lady.

  2. Amy says:

    Her outfits and the flowers…. perfection!❤️

    • Jeanette Merstrand says:

      Thank you Amy! It was so sweet! She wanted to match her flowers, and she did perfectly <3 I loved her outfits and the flowers and how they worked together too!

  3. Taylor says:

    Oh my HEART! How sweet! I love this whole post- your words & images of your grandmother. I hope that my grandkids have as much love for me someday 💕

    • Jeanette Merstrand says:

      Thank you so much Taylor! <3 It was one of the most special photoshoots I have ever done, and I am so grateful for the memories I have with my grandma. They will be forever treasured <3

  4. Alissa says:

    Too sweet ❤️

  5. Amber says:

    You have such beautiful memories with her to go along with these beautiful photos!

    • Jeanette Merstrand says:

      Thank you so much Amber! I have been so lucky to live fairly close to my grandparents for many years, and as a kid we lived in neighbouring cities and spent a lot of time together <3

  6. Mandy Provan says:

    Such a beautiful tribute to your gran!! You will always treasure these beautiful images. My gran passed away 18 years ago and I still miss her – I wasn’t a photographer then and I definitely don’t have beautiful images of her like these.

    • Jeanette Merstrand says:

      Thank you so much Mandy! My grandpa (her husband) passed away several years ago and I so wish that I had been a photographer at the time as well, so I completely relate to that sentiment <3 Thank you so much for your sweet sweet words!!

  7. Alisha says:

    This is such a sweet tribute to your grandma! Love her garden and that she matched her flowers in each photo 🙂 I love this idea so much I might just do this with my grandmothers!!

  8. Jackie says:

    How sweet is this!!! I love it!

  9. Nicole says:

    These are photos you will cherish forever!!! She sounds like a lovely woman.

  10. chelsy says:

    Happy birthday!! what a beauitful and sweet tribute!

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