I began to say my photography hobby is a relatively new interest of me. Then I recalled those many years of photos, and how my creative style began peaking through when I bought my first camera 20 years ago.
When the kids came along we decided to invest in a compact digital camera. Not having film and processing costs took my experimentation to a whole new level. I was snapping cutesy photos of feet, arranging artsy shots of baby clothes (without kids in them) and setting up toys in fun positions. My favourite of all was capturing unposed shots of my little family as they grew and played together.
I was capturing memories and enjoying the art of it, all at the same time. I fell in love with photography.
Then 2 years ago my husband bought a DSLR. He used it occasionally, I was scared of it because I had no idea how to use it. It sat in its bag a lot.
One day my trusty compact camera broke and I turned to the DSLR to save the day.
Once this baby was in my hands there was no turning back. My incredibly thoughtful husband soon organised for me to take a half day course and my DSLR fears were gone.
The most important thing I took away from that day, aside from how to get the camera off auto, was to begin to practice everyday for 5 minutes.
My daily hobby was about to begin.
Yes, my 365 Project. Everyday since July 1st last year I have spent at least 15 minutes everyday taking a photo. My teacher was right, my photography has definitely improved as a result.
The added bonus was discovering a magnificent way to connect with and involve the kids in my creative adventures.
I looked back today and chose some of my favourite collaborations with the kids.
This became an hour long fashion shoot with my 2 incredible stars.
Although not the best photo of me, we had a fun time at the park capturing the feeling of JOY.
This photo should be named PATIENCE as it took close to 50 shots over 2 sessions to get.
When I asked Master 7 for one of his creations for this shot, he cleverly added the man with no legs for a quirky feel.
Miss 9 was only too happy to stage this Tea Party for my photo, the puppies were obviously the main characters in her story.
Never shy to photo bomb as well.
Here is my other photo bomber.
Finally a shot of the Photoaday Team.
All this fun got me thinking of other interests and hobbies you can involve the whole family in.
- Bike Riding
- Painting, drawing, in fact all the arts
- Roller Skating and Ice Skating
- Bird Watching
- Snow skiing
Add to this list. What activities do you enjoy that can also involve the whole family?