Try this with your kids: Give them the camera

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Beatrice demonstrating her technique with Adam’s phone.

Over the holidays Beatrice snatched our camera and starting taking pictures. My first instinct was to grab it back from her (it’s not a super fancy one, but still. Expensive. Not a toy.) but then she charmed me with how sweetly she mimicked me taking pictures. “Stand by the Christmas tree.” She instructed. Click click. Pause. “You look cute,” she affirmed.

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So I decided to let her go with it, and gave her two rules:

1. Don’t get the camera wet.
2. Don’t touch the lens.

We let her use the camera several more times over the holidays, and when I finally got around to downloading the pics, I was amazed. Not because my child is a photo prodigy, but because wow, it’s amazing to see the world through a two-year-old’s eyes.

The angles.

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What they choose to photograph.

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How open people are in front of their camera.

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What we look like going about our days.

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We ended up putting together a photo book of shots as an early birthday gift (and a way for us to remember the holiday).

For moms who are always behind the lens and not in the photo, this is a great way to get some photos of you, and to get photos in your collection that show life from a different perspective.

Since we always have the camera in the diaper bag, it’s nice to have this “toy” always at the ready.

I look forward to seeing how her pictures change as she grows up!

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