I started Maya with a camera at 18 months old with a cheap Panasonic DMC-ZS5 with the goal of just learning to “point & shoot”. There are days now where she wants to take pictures of every.single.thing and every.single.doll that she owns.
Lately though, I’ve been trying to get her to focus on things that interest her, outside of her dolls, or an “assignment”.
Having recently tested a new vintage camera I purchased to make sure it worked, I thought it would be fun to do some double exposures with her of what interest each of us. My shot was the landscape with clouds, hers was the close up of the tall grass.
Shot with 120 film that expired in the 70s on a Bessa Camera.
If your toddler is as curious by your cell phone as mine is, you probably find a slew of self portraits. Showing her them, I then asked her to think of a way to take a picture of herself using the cell phone’s front camera, and we got this.
Her reflection as seen in the red rental car while we were vacationing in Jackson Hole, complete with rain drops and the sunrise.
So, get your toddler out with little “assignments”. Get them a cheap little point & shoot and put it in automatic mode. I’m not a fan of any of the kid cameras. I find that they are took bulky, and putting googly eyes on a person in camera, in my opinion, doesn’t teach one a thing about photography.