Photowalks can be lots of fun as well as incredibly educational. I’ve done a few of them at various blogging conferences that I’ve attended. My daughter recently asked for a camera for her 11th birthday so she could start taking her own photos, but instead of that, I handed down one of my older cameras (and gave her separate birthday gifts). On one of their recent days off from school, we took a photowalk in our local town organic farm so that she could get familiar with her camera.
Photowalking With Kids
For our first photowalk, I decided to let my daughter take her camera and take whatever pictures that she wanted. I pointed out some fun things to photograph, but she was really on her own. My son, who initially didn’t want to take photos, immediately asked to borrow my iPhone so he could participate.
We spent about an hour taking pictures at the farm, and then went home to share our photos. The kids loved seeing how we each took a different approach to photographing items like flowers, landscapes, and animals. I was astounded at how fantastic my kids’ pictures were, especially my son’s, since he wasn’t initially interested in taking pictures. He has such a great eye, and composed some creative shots. Here are two of the pictures he took:
The composition on that second picture is amazing – I can’t believe a 9-year old took it with an iPhone.
A week later, we took another photowalk – this time to our local Massachusetts Audubon sanctuary. I did a little more explaining of how to take pictures during this walk, and we experimented with focusing on different items to see how our pictures changed. During our walk, the kids asked if we could incorporate our photowalks into our family vacations. They want to carve out some time to just explore the area.
Interested in doing a photowalk with your kids while on vacation? Here are some tips:
- Find a small area to explore – like a hotel, a garden, or a wing of a museum
- Try to start with a place that isn’t too crowded, so your kids can explore
- Let them choose the specific things to photograph, but definitely point things out to each other
- Remind them that it isn’t a contest for who can take the best picture.
- Share your photos after the walk, and discuss which are your favorites and why
Have you done a photowalk with kids?