Kitty is shy 6 year old girl, as regular readers will know. She likes the simple things in life, drawing, story writing and making things. What she doesn't like is having her photo taken. One of the things I have discovered lately thanks to joining in with this Living Arrows weekly photo prompt, is what helps to bring her out of her shell - being given a camera and encouraged to take photographs.
As a painfully shy child by being involved in taking photos, she seems to be become more involved in the photos that Ozzy and I take, flipping from avoiding photos to photo bombing our shots (as you see in the top photo)
Kitty, is a deep thinker for a youngster, you can see that she thinks before she shoots. She's walked and chatted with me enough to know that sometimes you see something that that stands out, something you want to share with other people or simply something that looks cool. This excites me greatly, it's like a window into a different world, one that must be encouraged - and encourage it I most certainly will.
If you are considering handing you iPhone / android phone to your child,consider a 'bouncable' case. I use a LifeProof case, which wasn't cheap to buy at around £80 but is waterproof and droppable and in my opinion well worth the investment.
Old family point-and-shoot sub-£100 cameras are perfect for children over 4 years old, if you teach a respect for the camera alongside the capturing of photographs.
Embrace the element of being totally not in control. What is lovely to capture is life from a child's perspective - not a photo using the rule of thirds and the perfect exposure settings that could have been taken by a seasoned pro of 35.
And it would be rude not to end with some of Kittys photos from my iPhone...
Living Arrows is a weekly photo prompt which runs over on Shutterflies, celebrating our children.