These Photos of Four Generations of Family Are Touching So Many Hearts

"Don’t wait until you’re at the perfect weight or worry about the perfect matching outfits."

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As a professional photographer, Kelsei Frazier, 30, of Pace, Florida, takes family photos every day. But when Brittney Butler, 29, reached out to her about doing family portraits, she wanted something special: photos of herself, her daughter, her mother, and her grandmother, four generations of her family.

"The one thing Brittney requested was to get family pictures with her grandmother, because she regrets not getting more pictures while her grandfather was alive," Frazier told Best Life. "He passed away four days before his 64th wedding anniversary with the love of his life." 

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In early October, Frazier headed to Holland Farms in Milton, Florida, to do a photo session with Brittney and her children, along with her 56-year-old mother, Teresa Butler, and her 88-year-old grandmother, Betty Faxon.

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While taking the photos, Frazier heard plenty of stories about Betty's life, which sounds straight out of a Hollywood film. She met her husband at a local coffee shop where she worked as a cashier while he was an air traffic controller in the Navy. They spent six-and-a-half decades together and had seven children.

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The love the family shared was palpable, and the shoot made Frazier reflect on how important it is to take photos like these.

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"It got me thinking of how so many of us choose to skip taking pictures because we don't like how we look or our outfits aren't perfect," she said. "We just pick ourselves apart. But we're missing these moments and, as you see with Brittney, she wishes she had done them sooner when her grandfather was still alive."

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On October 8th, Frazier's photos of Butler and her family were shared on the Love What Matters Facebook page, where they went viral and touched many hearts.

"This is wonderful," one Facebook user wrote. "Get recordings of her voice and letters to the grandparents and great grandparents. I have thousands of photos, some jewelry and cards. But I miss their voices. And holding something tangible in your hands—like a letter—is priceless."

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"So beautiful!" another Facebook user wrote. "I wish I had photos of my mama with all my grandchildren!"

Frazier was surprised that the photos blew up the way they did, but she's glad people are finding them so inspiring.

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Courtesy of Kelsei Frazier Photography

If people learn anything from seeing these images, Frazier hopes it's "don't wait until you're at the perfect weight or worry about the perfect matching outfits. Get your family together and get the pictures done. We never know what tomorrow brings!"

And for more stories about cherishing your loved ones, check out These Stunning Photos of a Military Dad Reuniting With His Family Will Make Your Heart Swell.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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