Arnan’s first photographs, a set on Flickr.
For a while I’ve been toying with the idea of letting our 2-year old take some pictures of his own, just to see his perspective on the world.
Last night an opportunity presented itself. Victoire and the kids attended the #EpsonMomsRock photography workshop yesterday where Victoire learnt the basics of photography, taking pictures of the tots and working with the new Epson photo printers.
— victoire olwagen (@victoireo) July 20, 2013
Arnan was beside himself with excitement and wanted to play with the “big camera”.
So returning home, that excitement didn’t wane and he became more insistent on wanting to take pictures of his own.
I happened to still have my very first digital camera, a Fujifilm Finepix A201, preserved and in working order. I added a fresh set of AA-batteries, checked the memory card and presented the camera to Arnan.
Boy the excitement on his face. I have almost never seen a smile that big. He was literally vibrating with excitement.
So I attempted to show him the basics – remove your finger from the lens, look through the viewfinder and press the button to take a picture.
I thought we could deal with composition and lighting another day, but I was quite amazed at the outcome of his first snaps.
I took a few pictures of him with my “big camera” to document the momentous occasion.
Judging by his first pictures, it is definitely an eye-opener to see things from him vantage point. Often as parents we also don’t realise that he constantly needs to look up at us. The parenting books suggest that it may be better to lower yourself to their eye-level in certain occasions. Something we’ve done many times, but armed with these pictures we can now physically evidence his view.
In any event, we may have a budding photographer in the making.
Watch this space for more from Arnan’s cam.