by Jim Brooks

Have you ever felt like you were photographically in a bit of a rut, or in a bit of a creative slump, or you just weren’t really feeling it? We all have felt that way at one time or another, and we usually snap out of it. I have found one way to help is to take a kid out photographing with you. I have a 7-year-old great niece, Lexi, who lives with me, and I bought her a little pink Nikon Coolpix for Christmas. I have encouraged her to take pictures, and she is at times enthusiastic, at other times not so interested. It’s great when we have the opportunity to go photographing together.

This last weekend we went to Art on the Square in Belleville, and we both took our cameras. The result was our first joint Facebook photo album. It was great fun, and it’s a great way to have some fun while enjoying a great hobby. It’s also a great way to relax while photographing while not taking your work too seriously. Not every photograph has to be a monumental artistic achievement.

It’s always interesting to me to see what she decides to point the camera at, and what her pictures look like. Kids have a different perspective than us big folk. Perhaps she will develop a real interest in photography as I did many years ago, perhaps not. Either way, we can have fun taking pictures together for years to come.

It’s important to impress upon the young ones that the camera is not a toy. I make her use her wrist strap, and I got her a neck strap that I make her use as well. Double protection against unfortunate accidents. Get them started young and let them learn at their own pace; keep it fun. Don’t force them, encourage them and get excited with them! Have a blast!

Here are some images!


Photographs by Lexi:

Lexi's Shot's

Lexi’s Shot’s


Photographs by Uncle Jim:

Jim's Shot's

Jim’s Shot’s