For years, our twin boys have watched mom snap pictures. I guess it’s only natural that at some point they would start asking to be behind the lens and no longer the subject. And I’m pretty sure that most parents would cringe at the idea of their 7 year old toting around their very expensive camera equipment. For me, the moment when I was asked to become the subject and no longer the taker was a proud moment. Here are some of the results from the world according to a 7 year old.






Here’s how I set him up for success:

1. ALWAYS put the camera strap around their neck. This way if it slips, it won’t go all the way to the floor.
2. Put it on Aperature priority, so you set the depth of field and the camera does the work.
3. Gently guide to help with ideas, but let them pick their subjects.

And most of all, ooh and aahh over the results. Just think if you can start them at this age how much time they have to improve. And given photography is based on a lot of practice, it will help a lot.


  1. I can’t WAIT for this day (ok…my kids are 2 and 1, so I’ve got a while). Love being able to pass on your passion to your kiddos- and get in the pic once in a while!

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