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Toddler Photography : Gettysburg Photo Day

Saturday was a beautiful day and so we decided to take Sir on another photo outing (If you missed the previous ‘toddler photography’ entries, you can find them here and here.). On previous outings, Sir didn’t show a great amount of enthusiasm and most of his photos were taken at our urging. So, you can imagine my surprise (and GREAT pride) when, as we began driving past the monuments at Gettysburg, a voice from the backseat began to shout ‘Out! Pictures! Statues!’

Sir could.not.wait to get himself and his trusty little camera out of the car! As we unbuckled and freed him from his car seat, he took off running toward the nearest ‘statues’ (monuments). He started pointing and telling us exactly what he wanted to take pictures of. And so, we followed his lead. It went a little something like this.

Point! Run! Stop! Shoot! Repeat.

When it came time for us to take a lunch break, we had to tear him away. As he picked distractedly at his cheeseburger (normally, one of his very favorite meals), he repeatedly inquired, ‘More pictures? Statues?’ All he could think about was getting back out there with his camera. Honestly, by this point, I was bursting with parental pride and joy. He ran up stairs, he climbed up hills, he traipsed through fields all to get the shots he desired. At one point, he even insisted on taking a photo of a mud puddle. And so we stopped so that he could pursue his artistic vision.

He made all of the decisions about what he wanted to photograph and required very little assistance using the camera (a huge improvement from the last time we were out). He has mastered finding the shutter button and pressing it while focusing on his subject, but he still has a little trouble holding the camera still while taking the picture. Being that his camera is not of the highest quality, its shutter is rather slow, and this, coupled with his penchant for moving around, make for some blurry photos. I recently found the old Olympus that I used to shoot with before I invested in a dSLR and I am considering letting him use it the next time we go out, which may be as soon as this weekend.

Here are some of the shots we took.

Mud puddle!

Our photo day ended with ice cream cones all around and Sir requesting to take his camera with him whenever we go anywhere now. Heh.

photos : by yours truly and Sir

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Toddler Photography : Another Photo Outing

Sir and I had another photo outing this week. We met up with a good friend of ours who works at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Yes, you read that correctly, she works at the zoo. Best.Job.Ever.

I am sad to report that once we got past the iron lions at the entrance to the zoo, Sir lost pretty much all interest in taking photos. He couldn’t be bothered with it once he realized that he was free to run around the zoo completely unfettered like…well, a wild animal.

I did get him to take two photos though (I’m not counting the ‘I’m holding the camera and randomly pushing the shutter while pointing at the ground and picnic tables’ shots. Heh.). After taking a picture of one lion, he insisted on hugging and then photographing the other lion.

Still working on the old hand/eye coordination, but he’s getting there!

ROAR!

photos : iron lions by sir

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A Budding Photographer

taking a picture of mommy

Sir’s new schedule has presented the challenge of coming up with activities to fill the additional 2-3 hours a day that he used to use for napping. Yesterday, we decided on a daytrip to Gettysburg to help fill the void.

Those who know me well know that, since moving to Baltimore, Gettysburg has become one of my very favorite places to photograph. I have taken at least a thousand photos in and around Gettysburg in the past five years or so. So, you can imagine my joy at seeing my son take his first photos there.

lining up his shot with some help from dad

We bought Sir his very own camera for his birthday. It isn’t the highest quality camera, doesn’t have a flash, but can take a tumble down a flight of stairs and still take a picture after bouncing its way down. It serves its purpose of helping Sir learn to line up a shot and find/press the shutter at the same time, so it’s all good for now.

He still needs some help pointing the camera at his subject (as evidenced by all of the disembodied head and shoe/sidewalk shots that I found on his camera), but he is starting to understand that what he is looking at when he presses the green button will be what shows up on the little screen. Plus, he loves scrolling through all of the photos and telling us who is in them (usually daddy, mommy, or himself).

photo by sir

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