Annie has always been intrigued by my camera. I’m sure that’s because it’s constantly around, pointed at her. But, once she started holding up random toys to her face and saying, “cheeeeeeeeese,” I knew the kid was a natural. I firmly believe that the reason both of my daughters always look relaxed and natural in front of the camera is because I always, always had a camera pointed at them. But now that Annie is older, I think letting her get behind the camera is going to be the key to keeping her comfortable in front of it.
We gave Annie a camera for Christmas, and it’s one of her favorite toys. She always runs to get it whenever she sees me with my camera.
She also has no shortage of willing subjects:
Besides letting her snap at will, we have started playing games with our cameras. I’ll ask her to find something pink, or blue, or green, and then we’ll take pictures of whatever item she finds. Or I’ll be more specific and say, “let’s find shoes!”
As she gets older, and if she still has an interest, I’ll teach her the basics of photography – light, composition, and perspective. It’s been very fun for me to see how a two year old approaches taking a picture of something. The angles she comes in at, how close she’ll get to the subject – it’s definitely made me re-think some of the ways I take pictures. The teacher is becoming the student! For now, though, I just try to make it a fun game. I want her to, at the very least, think photography is fun, so that she’s not annoyed by mommy’s camera.
For those of you with older kids, are they into photography? How do you encourage them? There are some great tips here for introducing your kids to photography, and here are some scavenger hunt ideas. What works for you?
Becca Masters says:
Just before Christmas we had our niece (1)and Nephew(3) to stay for the weekend. Our nephew saw the camera and he spent the whole weekend snapping photos. It wa just a point and click small digital camera but he loved it. My husband then put then on Facebook and Dylan had his own album!
He loves taking pictures and got his own little kid camera for Christmas.
We found a video camera that is also a regular camera at Target for about $15 (on sale from about $50). The kids LOVE taking video and photos.
great minds think alike! i just posted this SAME thing to my blog today…and thankful that my son had his camera out on our cruise this past week (he’s three) because my card went corrupt and i lost EVERYTHING (1,34o pictures, mainly of my kids and i’m a semi-pro photog) at 5 pm on the last day of my cruise. thankful he has SOMETHING for me to remember the cruise by…and it’s awesome to see what is important through his lens.
What kind of camera did you get Annie? My 3 yo niece would love having her own camera!
It’s a VTech Kidzoom – it’s built for kids and withstands being dropped, etc. It’s great!
Sleeping Mom says:
This is an AWESOME idea. Sadly whenever we point a camera at our two-year-old, we tell him that he can’t touch the camera (he might break it, it’s expensive, etc.). But you just gave me a great idea of getting him his own camera just for him. I also love the game of finding something specific to photograph. Thanks for sharing!
Hi! My twin daughters (7) LOVE taking pictures. They have been using my SRL since they were three, with MUCH supervision. When they turned 5, they were given Canon SureShots, and goodness… the possibilities are endless. We take photo hunt walks and now that they are older they take countless pictures of themselves in the mirror (I thought only teenagers did that).
My oldest daughter who graduating in June from high school loves photography. We bought her a SLR with all the fancy lenses and flashes last year for Christmas. She’s been on the yearbook staff the last 2 years and is yearbook editor this year and I think it all comes from me having a camera in her face for just about the first 4 years of life pretty much constantly.
She’s really good at it and hopes to major in photo journalism and travel the world for a magazine like National Geo or something similar.
I think it’s great that yo uare sharing that love with Annie and if she keeps with it who knows what the future will hold for her.