Erika is a natural light photographer specializing in newborns, children, seniors and families. You can see more at www.erikasnow.com

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So we are “full board” into summer vacation mode and if you are at all like me you are all looking for new ideas to keep your kids entertained.  Especially since they can’t go outside and play in what feels like the face of the sun.  Why not introduce an interest in photography?

My four year old has his own drop proof camera that he likes to take random pictures of around the house and not to mention the masterpieces that show up when they get there hands on the camera on my iPhone.  He’s obviously too young to start fundamentals, but nurturing your children’s creative side can be easily done through photography.  My 10 year old niece has been setting up mock photo shoots with her dolls complete with styling and posing.  Who knows if seeing those pictures years later may jumpstart a career in photography.

Summer is a great time to inspire a love of pictures in your kids.  You don’t need a fancy camera.  A simple point and shoot will do.  The idea is to make taking pictures fun.  Here’s a list of 5 things you can to do help your child fall in love with photography.

  • Start a scavenger hunt. Create a list of things for your child to photograph around the neighborhood.Try to come up with items that are easy to find but not so obvious. You don’t want your child to get frustrated but you also want to encourage them to think creatively.
  • Create a picture book. Teach your child to tell a story with pictures.  They can choose their favorite stuffed animal, a doll, or even a pet.  Photograph them in a variety of places doing silly things.  Let your child be the one who sets up the shot and then put all of the images together to make up a story.
  • Make silly shadows. Head outside on a sunny afternoon and see what kind of fun shadows you can create.  Teach your child to ‘see the light’ and where it’s coming from.  Explain how the shadows will sometimes be taller or shorter depending on what time of day it is.
  • Teach them about perspective. Your child’s experience with photography has probably always been in front of the camera. Now that they will be behind the camera, encourage them to play around with angles.  Show them how to shoot from above, get on the ground, tilt the camera, shoot from below, get in close ~ anything that helps them see things differently.
  • Go on vacation. When you go on vacation you are exposed to things you don’t see on a daily basis.  Take advantage of the opportunity to record all of the details from your trip.  Have your child take pictures of their favorite people, places and things.

These are just a few examples of things you can do to encourage your pint-sized shutterbug.  Before you know it, they’ll be begging you to upgrade that point and shoot to a fancy pro model.

Happy Shooting!

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