Using photography to boost your child’s confidence can be huge in allowing them to be themselves. Whether you’re taking their picture or handing the camera over to them and letting them take the reigns, this can be huge in allowing your child to be more confident in what they do. I talk about this exact thing over on my photography blog here, feel free to read and comment.
A while back I handed my son the camera and told him to make a story. He decided to take photos of his favorite toys and called it “Toy Story Before Time” (which subsequently is similar to the title of an actual Toy Story short).
After viewing his photos, I challenged him to write a story bringing all of the photos together. So far he hasn’t come up with anything, but I feel like he really excelled in whatever he was trying to create. I can freely admit I don’t know because he hasn’t told me anything other than it’s his secret project. He wants to do more and I intend on letting him, this has become his weekend project and he looks forward to pulling out the camera every week to photograph something.
Photography is definitely one way I bond with my son. Now that he is getting older, I use these moments for the two of us to talk as I give him lessons and instruct him on getting down to your subjects eye level. Having open communication with him is so important as he is coming up on the age where little boys stop hanging around their mom’s so much.
I have found that when he’s behind the camera he is much more vocal with instruction and posing. He’s not afraid to open his mouth and speak–which is huge. My son is a lot shyer than my daughter, so allowing him this moment to take control and have the lead is a big deal.
I’m very proud of his hard work and his continuing hard work with this project. He has a lot of potential and with time I know he will be an awesome photographer.
What ways do you spark your child’s creativity or imaginations? Sound off in the comments below? Are your little ones interested in photography? How are you cultivating that love for storytelling? We would love to hear from you!
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