Erin is a mom of two and has been with Today’s Mama for ten years. She is charged with finding and sharing all of the wonderful things the web has to offer. She is particularly fond of food, photography, printables, and funny things. She writes about losing weight in her Healthy Living for Mom series, and is chronicling her attempt to master her DSLR camera with her series, Big Girl Camera.

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Kids Behind the Camera

The night before I gave birth to my son, my husband, daughter and I had dinner with my folks. My daughter often begged to take pictures with the camera and perhaps because we knew it was our last night with our only child, I agreed.

So with the camera strap cinched around her wrist, she began snapping photos. The result was hilarious so handing over the camera has become a habit. The more photos she takes the more I laugh and the more I learn…about her view of the world (literally and figuratively) and about the people around her.

One of the coolest things that I noticed about the images she captures is how people respond when a child is behind the camera. Point a camera at an adult and many will tense up and try to offer a happy and flattering smile.  If a kid points a camera at you and asks you to smile, the resulting images are nothing short of joyful.

Now don’t get the wrong impression…most of the images are barely in focus, all are poorly framed and a few will shed light on aspects of your world you’re not that thrilled to see (one image sent me to the store to for new bras…didn’t realize the “girls” were looking so lackluster). But that is part of the fun and trust me when I tell you that you will laugh your tush off when you scroll through the images captured by your child.

Here are a few from my budding photographer…

Grandpa holding her new baby brother at the hospital. We’ll just use our imaginations to fill in Grandpa’s head.

No one else could have snapped a photo of me after just having given birth and received a wave.

Dad just home from work. She was so happy to see him that she couldn’t even wait for him to smile.

Feeding the baby. Thanks for framing this shot for optimum privacy!

Me and my Mom. This may be one of my favorite photos of us ever.

I need to smile like this in all my photos. Also, shortly after this I cleaned off my fridge. Sheesh.

She posed her bear in the infant swing. Seems silly now, but years from now I know we’ll be glad to have such a good photo of it.

Craft beads up close. Does this count as bokeh?

Awwww. The light of her life…baby brother.

Another unintended bonus of handing over the camera? You’ll actually get to appear in pictures. See! I do exist!

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  2. Becky 08/02/2011 at 3:05 pm

    I have been meaning to do this with my girls. I usually trash the pics they take on my phone but maybe I should hold onto them.
    Love that pic of you and your mom too!!

  3. Jessica 08/01/2011 at 4:24 pm

    I let my now five year old start doing this when she was about three. I adore many of her photos. I actually need to print pictures though rather than leave them on my computer.

  4. Her Grampa 07/30/2011 at 10:29 pm

    What a kid! A master budding photographer at the tender age of three. She’s a chip off the old blockhead.

  5. Rachael Herrscher 07/29/2011 at 7:27 am

    I’m going to google “bokeh” now, but it sounds like something hip and cool!

  6. Shannon 07/28/2011 at 11:49 pm

    I love these pics!

  7. Raejean Roberts 07/27/2011 at 7:47 pm

    My kids are a little older and we’ve been having a blast with a family photo challenge. Everyone gets 10 minutes with the camera to take their best shots of a theme, like bright and vivid or wild. It’s so fun to see what they items they think goes with a certain theme and how they frame the shot. You can check out our latest competition!

  8. Krista Resto 07/27/2011 at 12:38 pm

    Love this post 🙂 My daughters ask to take pics almost as much as I take them which is too much lol

  9. Carina Wytiaz 07/27/2011 at 10:01 am

    I want to do this with my kids! I have two digital cameras that I could turn over to two curious kids. I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

  10. Erica Fehrman 07/27/2011 at 6:52 am

    I love this post! Wy asked for a *real* camera from Santa last year and now has hundreds of blurry photos. His favorite is a portrait of his blanky 🙂 And also, I have the same giant straw cup from the hospital (pictured in your kitchen w/your mom). Isn’t it the best cup ever?