1. Read about It
A great way to get children immediately excited about photography is by introducing it to them in the form a good book. If your first photography adventure is going to be spent capturing pictures of spring, then find a book focused on that subject. Show your child the different photographs in the book and tell them to imagine finding and snapping pictures that are similar to these. It is a great way to give your child a picture connection to what they will be experiencing once you set out.
2. Get a Camera
The quickest way to get your child immediately interested in photography is by giving them their own camera. It doesn’t have to be expensive – a great second hand camera or one that you no longer use will be perfect. By presenting the camera as a gift, it adds a magical element to it, making it special. The next thing you know, your child will be asking you questions on how to use it and will be snapping pictures of everything in site.
3. Make A Photo Op
Give your child creative freedom for their first photo opportunity. Let them arrange their toys, pets or family members any way that they choose. Then, encourage them to start snapping. Another great option is to just set them free at home to take pictures of anything that catches their eye. The idea is to get them excited about taking the photos first – regardless of the quality. My son especially enjoys taking up close and personal shots of our dogs.
4. Take a Class
There are many great photography classes available that are specifically designed with children in mind. Another option is to take a photography class with your child or enroll siblings or best friends in a photography workshop together. Learning about the many different aspects of photography will only enhance their experience and pull them further into the excitement of photography.
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