If you've read my latest post, Riley Turns Seven, you know that one of the gifts we bought Ry for his birthday was a camera. Now, it's nothing fancy- just a little waterproof/shockproof digital camera we found on Amazon. Riley has really been very fascinated with my photography as of lately, and when I upgraded my old camera to a Mark IV his first question was, "Can I have your old camera?"
The thing is, at seven years old he still doesn't really have a good concept of money, the value of things, or how to take care of his belongings. Therefore, I couldn't in good conscience hand over such an expensive piece of equipment to him, considering one tumble with him would most certainly be the equipment's last. So with an upcoming birthday, we decided a camera would be an awesome idea for a gift! And the best part was, because he didn't ask for one exclusively for his birthday, he had no idea it was coming! I guess it was a good idea, because it turned out to be his favorite gift, and as I'm sure you've read in my last post- the kids at his birthday party LOVED playing with it. Because it's shockproof we don't have to worry too much about the tumbles (which have happened already, trust me.)
Saturday evening after his birthday party, Riley went to spend the night with his mom for his weekly visit. But he MADE ME PROMISE before he went, that when we picked him up the following night I'd take him out and teach him how to shoot with his new camera. So of course that's what we did! We all three grabbed our cameras and headed out to one of our favorite nature trails close by to have a little introductory photo session!
Kids crack me up with cameras because they want to take photos of just about anything and everything. There's no rhyme or reason to it. I taught Riley how to shoot through objects and how to add blur and effects into his photos by placing things in front of the lens.
I've always thought Michael would excel well at forms of macro or landscape photography. He's ridiculously smart and good at figuring things out. He quickly understood the functions of the camera and with once I helped him understand how his shutter speed, ISO, and aperture all worked together, he took some really great photos! I think I see a macro lens in his future!
I love seeing the two of them interact with each other. You can tell just how much Ry looks up to his dad and really seeks his approval. They're two peas in a pod! At the end of our trail, we concluded our photo session and headed to the park to throw the football and play for a bit.
My heart is full and I'm so happy to know that we now have one more thing that connects us. I'm so thrilled that the three of us can look to and learn from each other. It's so rewarding to be able to learn and experience new things together. I can't wait to go on more shoots with the boys and share just how far they come!