Recently one lazy summer night, after my youngest went to bed, my four year old and I were hanging out and I was doing end of the night errands around the house while he watched. I like to spend a little one on one time with him before he goes down for the night and it’s our special time together.
I had my camera out on the table as I had a new meal cooking and I wanted to get some good photos when it was done. My son saw it and asked if he could take some pictures. Normally I tell him to not touch the camera as it’s expensive and he doesn’t realize his own strength sometimes when he’s not paying attention.
But this time I decided to let him try it. Let him try and learn about photography through doing. So I put the camera around his neck and gave him a basic tutorial and away he went.
He walked through the house taking photos here and there and it was interesting to watch his mind think and look for things to photograph. Then I had to go outside and check our pool so he put on some shoes and came with me and that’s where he really enjoyed himself.
It was lucky that due to it being late summer, the lighting outside was still great for after 7 at night. He went all over and I heard so much clicking on the camera I felt like the paparazzi was in my backyard. After awhile I told him it was time to call it a night and we put the camera away.
Later on, after I did my food photos, I sat down and looked through all the photos of the day and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. They weren’t all perfect or in focus but I saw some photos that really impressed me, especially coming from a four year old!
As I uploaded all the photos onto my computer I thought about how just taking a few minutes to let my son get creative and explore on his own brought out an artistic, creative eye in him. It was a proud mommy moment and one I realized I helped contribute to by just exposing my son to it unintentionally. He sees me using my camera on a regular basis and wanted to be just like mom. The pride he showed at his pictures made me feel great and it’s a great reminder for all of us parents, you don’t need a ton of money or to even leave your house to help your child bring out their creative side. All the photos take for this blog post were done by a four year old boy right before his bedtime. Imagine the possibilities for your child? Let them help cook or give them some paint and let them flourish!