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Just my kids.. and a cute idea for your kids

I took these over the last couple of weekends.. most were taken during the Memorial Day weekend because I stayed home a ton and just let the boys play..

As a photographer I am riddled with guilt sometimes that my boys hate my camera.  Well, they like to take photos, just not be in photos.  In all honesty though, I do bother them a ton to practice on.. lol..

Before I forget.. a cute idea I have been doing with the boys for a few months now that I have been meaning to share for you to try with your kids, or your nieces, nephews, cousins, etc... Go to the dollar store, or to Target or Walmart.. anywhere that sells disposable cameras and pick one up. 

Give the camera to the child and tell them to have fun taking photos of anything they want.  They don't need to use all the photos in one day (which is never the case with my kids because they use the entire camera in like 15 minutes).

Now, go get the disposable camera developed and prepared to be amazed.  Seriously, you would be amazed what they find to photograph.  It is a great fun, inexpensive idea to have any child be creative. 

I do it once per month with my boys now and the whole project costs me about $15.00 for two disposable cameras and getting the prints developed.  When I get the prints back I gush over how creative they get each month.  My oldest actually lines up shots before he takes them now.  It is adorable!!! 

Okay, so these photos.  I love my kids to death and they are so cute and I miss just taking photos to take photos so I have been more mindful to just snap and not compose.  These are some of my favorite shots I got because of it..

So remember.. take the camera out and don't worry about being technical sometimes.. it is freeing, fun and can turn into some magical memories.. :)

And a pretty, pretty Rainbow!!!

Happy Shooting!!!

Reader Comments (6)

I'm a photographer in *progress* lol, Still so much to learn.. my gosh.. I love keeping up with what you do! I usually hit here from facebook when you put up a new post.
You so have your heart in it.. in more ways than just behind the camera! I believe I'm going to have to try the disposable camera idea on my grandkids.. great idea! Keep up the good work!!

Tue, June 8 | Unregistered CommenterTerri Stone

Notes to self:
1) TOTALLY do this. (My older boy does this a lot w/my point-n-shoot but I'd LOVE to see what my 3yo comes up with.)
2) Buy kites!!!

I agree with the comment above! I'm making a "Camp Mom" activity list this week, and I just added 'disposable cameras' and 'kite flying' thanks to your timely post.

(p.s. Your boys are SO cute! If you're ever in my neck of the woods again, please come over to play!)

Tue, June 8 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

HA! Forget the cameras, I want a turn on that water thing!

Tue, June 8 | Unregistered CommenterHockeymandad

even when you're not 'composing' they are lovely! :)

Thu, June 10 | Unregistered CommenterKel

Oh, those are very sweet. I hope maybe you'll share some of the photos they snap with us someday. :)

Tue, June 15 | Unregistered CommenterKellee

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