i’ve shared photos on the blog before of eleanor and samson’s work with the camera (HERE and HERE)! since photography is such a big love of both josh’s and mine, it’s been fun to see the kids take interest in it as well as they grow. in the past, we’ve done disposable film cameras for them, but we bought each of them their own instax mini camera last month so they can experience (and hopefully) grow to love that sort of old school film vibe that definitely solidified my relationship with photography several years ago when i took my little polaroid camera (RIP) everywhere with me.
the disposable cameras were great for the kids, but it was getting expensive to develop the film at the local camera shop when we were also trying to teach them about composition and lighting, which doesn’t really work with little kids and a photo you have to wait a few days to get back. the instax mini has been nice for this reason because it’s instantaneous (the photo pops out of the top and develops within 30 seconds) and it also only has three or four options they can choose from for lighting sake. it’s a great first real camera. and a fun one to teach them on, too! this post is not sponsored by instax or anything, i just really think the camera is a good one in case anyone wants to try it out with their own kids too. josh and i are often looking for ways to help the kids have fun and be creative and be independent all at the same time, so this has been really good for that.
last week while in bermuda, i found samson taking photos of the ground in our hotel room. i didn’t want to crush his artistic decisions (although i’ll admit i was getting frustrated he was using his film taking pictures of the carpet), so i tried to ask him if he wanted to take a photo of something else instead. “but MOM!” he replied, very animated with his hands, “i love this carpet so much and i want to remember it FOREVER!” couldn’t argue with that! although we do need to discuss the importance of not just snapping everything in sight and waiting for the right moment to click. next lesson! ;)
that photo of eleanor walking down the steps towards the beach, that samson took, has to be my all time favorite instax photo of his!
because they take so many, we laid all the pictures out on their nursery floor last week and had them sort through them and choose which ones they wanted to hold onto and which ones they were okay with letting go. this sort of editing part is never easy for me (i want to keep every photo! and share every single one, too!) so i feel like it’s good to start early on learning about editing! now we need to do this with my closet next!
eleanor’s two favorite photos, one of her sea turtle stuffed animal and one of the beware sign with a bucket of portuguese man-o-war! can’t even begin to tell you how much i love these photos as well. one of the best parts is knowing that they are deciding what to take a picture of and choosing which ones they like all on their own. we really try to respect that process for them and not interfere.
you might be able to see in that instax photo of conrad above that we also bought conrad a little toy camera so he wouldn’t feel left out when his older brother and sister got new cameras. i didn’t realize when i was getting it, that is has a lot of music and sound effects when you push the buttons! that toy camera has been driving all of us nuts! on the cab ride back from the airport last week, something was hitting it in the bag so it kept going off all on it’s own and we couldn’t grab it to shut it off since it was in the back luggage! needless to say, i might have hid that toy camera this week.
this is samson’s first selfie with his instax! haha!
we’re going to put them into a book this week! i’m excited to see how their skills develop over the summer. before you know it, i’m sure they’ll be ready for legit film cameras! or digital? so proud of them.
ps. we bought their instax mini cameras and camera straps on amazon. see other photos they have taken over the last few years with their disposable cameras HERE and HERE, and some photos samson took at the san diego zoo a few months ago HERE.