Instead of collecting shells, my kids took photos when we went to an Atlantic Ocean beach in Southampton Village.
Luce and Mum (me) on beach – photo by Theo
My kids love taking photographs. As they’re young, I decided the best way to introduce children to photography is simply to let them have fun. No photography lessons at this early stage. No rule of thirds. No concepts. Ever since we bought them android tablets, they’ve been using the built-in cameras to click and snap away. Photos of their toys. Pulling faces for selfies. The flames of the log fire with special effects. Not once have I tried to teach my kids how to take photos.
Now I have two children who are keen on capturing the outdoors with a camera.
The first time they asked to bring their cameras (tablets) was a walk in the woods during a holiday break. Most of the time I kept their tablets in my bag as I didn’t want them to drop them in the deep snow. I emphasised to them that if they wanted to take photos they had to be careful of their equipment.
Photo by Luce
Photo by Theo
But when we came across an abandoned, ruined house in the midst of the woods in Barcelona Neck Preserve in the Hamptons, they immediately saw a photo opportunity.
Then we went to Southampton beach. A cold, late afternoon. A beach still sprinkled with snow and lined with mansions empty in the winter.
But they were excited about taking photos of the sand and the waves.
Waves – both photos by Luce
Even though they are kids, they’re learning the joys of photography.
But, after I took a closer shot of a wave and they wanted to copy me, I realised I had to warn them to move back from the shoreline. I needed to teach them not to take any risks as kid photographers when they were looking through the lens!
I then took them to the inland Shinnecock Bay nearby to take a few more photos.
Westward view by Mum (me)
Westward view – photo by Luce
Eastward view – photo by Theo
But kids are still kids. And their android tablets have games on them too. When we headed back to the beach as I wanted to get some more shots of the enormous houses, they had had enough. They wanted me to start driving back home so they could play some games on their tablets instead.
Photo time was over. When I started raving on about the amazing sunset forming in the sky, they briefly paused to take one photo and then immediately refocused on their games.
Sunset photo by Luce
Sunset photo by Theo
I don’t even think they noticed me stopping the car twice to get out and take photos of the sky. Or shouting at them to look at the geese flying across the sunset. They just nodded their heads without looking up from their screens.
But that’s okay. They had had their fun. At a later stage, I’ll start teaching my kids some basic photography tips and skills. Now they’re just having a great time clicking away at everything around them. Inside and outdoors. They’re learning to look at the world around them with a new perspective while being creative. Or just having a laugh making silly faces. They’ve discovered a new way to enjoy a walk outdoors even when the weather is freezing. It’s a perfect way of introducing kids to photography..
The photography with my kids in this post all took place in the Hamptons, NY. The beaches, bays and nature preserves are stunning locations to capture with a camera – even when it snows.
Coombe Mill - Fiona says
What fantastic photos, it looks you have a couple of buddy photographers! Who can resist snapping at such a wonderful location. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.
Lovely photos as usual! 🙂 And I love that your introducing your kids to photography as early as now. Little T actually has her own camera, her grandparents gave it to her last year on her birthday since they noticed she keeps on taking photos using my phone. But I keep forgetting to take it with us when we go out for walks. Thanks for reminding me! 🙂 #CountryKids.
It’s wonderful seeing what a child’s perspective through the lens. Hope Little T is enjoying her camera
Liska @NewMumOnline says
Spectacular photos. Sorry to hear it is so cold over there and thank you for visiting my #CountryKids post xx
Adventures in Homeschooling says
This is a lovely idea. My eldest loves taking pictures and I think a trip outside with his old SLR is long overdue. What a great time you all had.
Charly Dove says
Oh wow Kriss what amazing photographs – by all three of you! Just fabulous, I love them all. How amazing to see that derelict house too, what a great opportunity!
Izzie Anderton says
Wow, such fabulous photos by the kids – they obviously take after their Mom!
Thanks Izzie – I was really proud of their photos. (Of course haven’t posted any of the candid shots they’ve taken of me)
Sara (@mumturnedmom) says
The beaches near you are just fabulous. We must check out the beaches around us more, we tend to stick to the inland lake beach that we love. Lovely photos as always, all of you! That is a beautiful sunset, stunning pink sky.
Mummy Says says
Looks like they are taking lovely photos. What a wonderful way to learn x
Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault says
Great photos but it still looks awfully cold over with you – we are basking in Spring warmth here in Normandy – long may it last!
Finally some sunshine this weekend but spring definitely is not here yet!
Sophie RR says
These photos are fab and I particularly love the yellow anorak which looks like it is much needed. We ran to the sea today but I have to admit that we it was factor 30 weather.
Mummy of Two says
I think it is great to get children interested in photography at an early age. It looks like they are doing a great job – there are some great photos!
Your kids take amazing pics, I enjoyed reliving your day out through their eyes (or camera lens lol) popping over from #countrykids
What a brilliant idea and they obviously had such a great fun time ;D
Love all of the photos….thanks for sharing.
Carolynne @ Mummy Endeavours says
Amazing photo’s, all of them. My favourites are the one where your kids are pointing their tablets and shooting lol!! Love the big eave and the sunset! So many fab pics. I would love some photography lessons please too when you get a minute 😉 x