As I have mentioned before I am the mum of a daughter who shares my love of photography and whenever I suggest that we go out with our cameras, she is always more than willing to go for that walk.
I never actually forced my little one to take up photography but was very happy when she did. And I was even happier when it became clear that this was more than just a passing fad with her.
It started when Pippa and I would go for walks and I would take my point and shot or sometimes my bridge camera to take the odd photo. During these walks Pippa would ask to use my camera to take photos, which I was always happy to say yes to. Although I always made sure I had a firm grip of the camera when she was using it or she at least had the strap around her neck.
It wasn’t too long before she was asking for her own camera, at the time it still wasn’t clear if this was going to be a passing fad or something that would stick. Her dad and I were still together at that point and we decided that we didn’t want to get her a new camera, as even the kids ones can be expensive especially if they only get used the once. So we dug out a very old camera that we had from years beforehand and that never got used anymore.
With her own camera in hand she was soon photographing everything, from the tv, her toys, flowers even me. And even though her photos often turned out blurry she was having the time of her life and in time she started learning how to get sharper photos.
Then after my marriage with her dad ended and ended up with my partner Pippa started asking if she could use his camera. She hasn’t used his camera very often not only because it is very expensive and would make me broke to replace it if she dropped it. But also because even with the smallest lens she struggles to hold it due to its weight and size.
Despite this she still hasn’t been put off photography and my partner often comments how good her photos are as he is always happy to let her use the camera on his mobile.
In fact her love of photography is so well known and admired in the family that for easter 2019 my mum and stepdad decided rather than getting her an easter egg, they would get her a new camera. Unfortunately, she only used it a couple of time before it started having issues, so she went back to using the old camera. Although I can see before to long I’ll be investing in a better camera for her, as it seems like me her love of photography is going nowhere.