The Kid Lens

I’ve been reading great blogs by amazing women like Brittany and Melissa and Debi that have inspired me to get my kids outdoors more.  I want them to connect more with the real world and less with the screen world of TV, smart phones, and computers.

We decided to take a family hike on Saturday.  In 90+ degree heat and high humidity.  Right after lunch. I admit it may not have been my finest idea.

But somewhere after our picnic but before the complaining started (by my husband), I got the idea to give Peanut the digital camera and let her go hog wild.

Don’t get me wrong, I took some pictures of our family fun day…

We kept relatively cool by taking breaks and misting our hair with a spray bottle throughout the hike.

 

But when we got home, I realized that Peanut had filled my digital camera with almost 200 pictures of her own.

I was struck by the opportunity to peek at her world view.  After all, how often do we get to see the world (literally) through our kid’s eyes?

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Turns out, Peanut’s attention was captured by three subjects.  First, she took some pictures of the family…

We are dirty & sweaty; a PERFECT opportunity for an extreme close up!

 

Her second favorite subject was…well….herself.  (She comes by the vanity honestly.)

 

I love the faces she makes at herself. Priceless.

 

Peanut was very concerned about poison ivy.  Wait, let me rephrase.  Peanut was very concerned about IDENTIFYING poison ivy.

"Is this poison ivy? Is THIS poison ivy? What about this plant right here that I’m touching…is THIS poison ivy?"

 

But out of the 200 pictures she took, at least 100 of them were of sunlight peeking through the trees. She was looking up, up, up.

There really is something majestic about light filtering through a forest.

 

I love seeing how she sees the world.  Do I think she was caught up in the beauty of the forest during our hike?  Maybe.  I think it’s more likely that she was shutter-happy from having total control over the camera.

But the sheer number of pictures that focus on the sky, the sunlight, and the trees tells me that our hike made an impression.  I can sense how small she must feel standing in that forest; how surrounded she was by the sights and sounds and smells of Summer.  And I know for sure our hike lasted far longer because we encouraged her to capture every step.

The best part? All I had to do to activate my camera’s “kid lens” was to hand the camera over.

 

 

What about you? Leave a comment and share how

you keep the outdoor fun going during Summer!

 

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34 comments
Brittany
Brittany

Peanut has a great eye! How very cool, and very like you, to have the presence of mind to stop and appreciate being able to truly see things from your child's point of view. I think that you will both enjoy her getting a camera for her birthday. When Circuit City was going out of business a few years back we bought cameras for E2B and Princess Wonder right before traveling down to Florida. It was awesome and they were as camera happy as I am, though Princess Wonder was crushed upon realizing that her camera was dead after dropping it in a lake. It is still sitting in her room...sigh.

The Woven Moments
The Woven Moments

You know, I love seeing Peanut's POV *so* much that I'm thinking of making this a regular feature of TWM. I'm also thinking of creating a linky so that others can give their kids a chance with the camera, too, and then link back to my post. What do you think?

Brittany
Brittany

P.S. - I love Birdie's idea of printing some of Peanut's pictures up and hanging them in the house!

The Woven Moments
The Woven Moments

I know. That woman is a genius!! I LOVE the thought of hanging Peanut's own photography in her room.

birdie
birdie

ryan - you should frame a series of those photos for your home. beautiful as a group.

Bruna
Bruna

I love the photos. Wonderful idea. Thanks for linking up today!

thelaughingmom
thelaughingmom

Wonderful idea! I have so many pictures my daughter has taken. Unfortunately, many of really bad,bad angles of me. You are very good with your graphics. They always look great.

The Woven Moments
The Woven Moments

You are so sweet! I'll let you in on my secret...Simone @Greatfun4kids told me about Photoscape. It's a free download and a TOTAL game-changer when it comes to graphics. And now you know. ;)

Martini Mom
Martini Mom

Such great pics, and what a precious peek into your little one's view. I recently got a new camera, and handed down my old one to my son. I love seeing what he chooses to take pictures of (mostly his favorite stuffed animal - the one he's been dragging around for 6 years - and action figures arranged in various battle scenes. And here I thought I was raising a pacifist!)

The Woven Moments
The Woven Moments

Battle figures in various battle scenes? Sounds like a movie director to me! Get that kid a VIDEO camera...you could have the next Scorcese on your hands!

Adrienne
Adrienne

Gotta love the sweaty close ups! We love to swim and do the beach! Gotta have water near by to cool off! :)

The Woven Moments
The Woven Moments

Water is the key! And shade. And dare I say candy as bribery? No? Too far?

KLZ
KLZ

I have to say - those photos of the sunlight streaming through the trees are just gorgeous. She's got a great eye.

The Woven Moments
The Woven Moments

She DOES have a good eye. I'd much rather nurse this interest than the Disney princess parade I've been suffering through for the last year....

liz
liz

Rosey cheeks and summertime sweat just means good times were had and memories made! :)

Krista
Krista

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the upward-facing-light-through-the-trees pictures!!!

The Woven Moments
The Woven Moments

Thanks, Krista! Love seeing the kids-eye-view. Especially of something as expansive as a forest!

Theresa Gahagan
Theresa Gahagan

Awesome! Great idea, pics. Really touching and great idea!

Anne Keo
Anne Keo

I love her perspective. You enjoyed that hike so much more! My son LOVES being outdoors. So we spend as much time as we can - local parks, botanical gardens, zoo, farm, backyard and neighborhood fun. We both get out of the house, get some fresh air, and exercise!

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The Woven Moments

My kids DON'T love being outside, so it was great to see them really enjoying the hike...

Kristen
Kristen

I love it! I'm going to have to try the Kids Lens idea this summer and will keep you posted!

jeanne
jeanne

Wonderful post! Love how you categorized your child's shots. The UP photos are - well - stunning. Thank you to your daughter for her vision and perspective :)

Keshyra
Keshyra

Great pics! I've let the kids use the camera in the house, but not outside. I guess I've been too afraid they might break it or something (I have my mom's worries of children breaking things, I really have to get over that). But what a great idea to do it outside. Your daughter took some really great shots and I bet she felt so grown up getting that responsibility. That kind of thing gives such great confidence to them. I'm going to do that on our next outing, and I'm sure they'll love it! Also, we went on a hike last Sunday and it was so nice to be unplugged for hours, everyone was so happy! Oh and I also think we might be long lost sisters, I am loving your blog and adding it to my blog roll now, you're awesome!

The Woven Moments
The Woven Moments

Woo hoo for new friends-slash-long-lost-sisters! The hike was good ...ours was definitely NOT hours long, however. It was more of a long walk than a hike. But if a walk is a) in the woods, b) requires a backpack and/or a bottle of water, and c) involves bug spray or sunscreen....it's officially a hike. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. ;)

Melissa {adventuroo}
Melissa {adventuroo}

This is SO great! What a neat thing to see EXACTLY how our kids see the world. Such great shots-- love that she looks up at the trees so much. Thanks for the shoutout!

The Woven Moments
The Woven Moments

I was impressed by the shots too! Of course I'm not objective, though. ;)

Abby
Abby

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of children's photography. We bought my husband's little sister her first digital camera a few years ago, when she was just 8. She took pictures of EVERYTHING---my cats, the family, the trees (she lives in the desert so they are foreign to her) and more. Not surprisingly so, the majority of her pictures were taken at the zoo. However, a majority of that majority were of a certain elephant at said zoo, who took a moment to relieve herself while we were standing near the exhibit. Kids. LOL

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The Woven Moments

My daughter's birthday is coming up and I think a kid's digital camera is definitely in order!! Also - who DOESN'T think that an elephant pooping is picture worthy? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller....?

courtney
courtney

Some of these photos are AMAZING! Seriously, you may have a photographic talent on your hands. On a more serious note, I've had several conversations of late with friends our age, talking about how much time we spent as children outdoors vs. indoors - and what's been lost by our society (both adults and chilren) that must. be. entertained. by. technology. at. all. times. Love that you unplugged - and looks like it was a blast.

Debi
Debi

First of all, I'm thrilled to be mentioned as someone inspiring you to get outside more. Wow! Second, I'm excited to see you gave your kid a camera. What amazing results, huh? Hope this is the first of many such adventures!