CARRIE PELLERIN

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Photography Projects for Children

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Feb 18

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Transforming a camera-shy child into a photography enthusiast requires a delicate blend of creativity, patience, and understanding. Over the past 15 years I have found out how to photography shy children and get them quickly comfortable with me and my camera. However, as a mother to a child who doesn’t love being photographed, I have found making the experience fun on the daily is the key. Photography Projects for children can help empower them and give them the confidence they need to be in front of and behind the camera.

I figured with winter break coming up it might be the perfect time to get your camera-shy child involved in one of these photo projects. Let them come up with the ideas. Remember to take it at their speed. When they have said they are done for the day then put the camera away and show them you respect them. This trust goes along way down the road.

Here are a few photography projects for children that I can highly recommend.

Create a Photography Adventure:

Turn the act of taking pictures into an exciting adventure. Craft a “photography treasure hunt” where your child searches for interesting subjects to capture. This not only adds an element of play but also encourages exploration and curiosity, making the entire experience enjoyable.

Design a DIY Photo Studio:

Set up a DIY photo studio at home with colorful backdrops, props, and soft lighting. Allow your child to be the photographer and the model. This role reversal can spark their interest, fostering a sense of creativity and control over the process.

Introduce Them to Famous Photographers:

If you child is a bit older this might be a fun one for them. Share the work of renowned photographers with your child. Explore captivating photo books or documentaries together, highlighting the stories behind iconic images. Learning about the artistry of photography can inspire curiosity and appreciation for the medium.

Start with Smartphone Photography Apps:

Introduce your child to photography through smartphone apps designed for kids. These apps often feature playful filters, stickers, and interactive elements that make the process fun and less intimidating. As they become comfortable with these tools, gradually transition to using a camera.

Photojournalism Challenge:

Engage your child in a photojournalism challenge where they document a day in their life. Provide them with a simple camera or smartphone and encourage them to capture moments that tell a story. This not only enhances their observational skills but also instills a sense of purpose in their photography.

Create a Photo Storybook Together:

Transform the photoshoot into a collaborative project by creating a photo storybook together. Allow your child to choose the theme and sequence of photos. As you compile the images into a book, it becomes a tangible representation of their creativity and storytelling skills.

Explore Nature Photography:

Tap into the natural beauty of Maine by exploring nature photography together. Venture into parks, gardens, or scenic trails where your child can capture the flora, fauna, and landscapes. Connecting photography with the wonders of nature can foster a deep appreciation for the art.

Create a DIY Photo Gallery:

Transform a wall or a dedicated space in your home into a DIY photo gallery. Allow your child to curate and display their favorite photographs. The pride of showcasing their work can be a powerful motivator and instill a sense of accomplishment.

Encourage Photography Journaling:

Combine photography with journaling by encouraging your child to write short descriptions or stories about their captured moments. This blend of visual and written expression not only enhances their communication skills but also adds a personal touch to their photographic journey.

Note: Invest in Child-Friendly Cameras:
Consider investing in child-friendly cameras designed for little hands. These cameras often come with simplified controls, vibrant colors, and durability. Having a camera of their own can foster a sense of ownership and responsibility, fueling their interest in photography.

In the enchanting realm of Maine, where each frame holds the potential for a captivating story, instilling a love for photography in camera-shy children becomes a joyful and creative endeavor. Mothers can not only capture precious moments but also nurture a lifelong appreciation for the art of photography in their little ones. Celebrate the journey, embrace creativity, and watch as your child blossoms into a confident and enthusiastic young photographer.

Let me know if you find any of these photography projects for children helpful.

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