Saturday, May 1, 2010

Dusting Off Her Interest and Her Point and Shoot Camera

Gemma came to me and said that she wanted to take pictures again, so we are keeping the battery charged and she is responsible for her own camera.  We have passed on the old family point and shoot with a beautiful kid length (handmade for her by a wonderful friend) camera strap and a small case.  As her mom, I get asked a lot for camera recommendations for kids.  My answer for now is "nothing fancy" when they are this young.  Gemma enjoys capturing what she sees and while I am teaching her about exposure and photography theory, she is really only interested in pointing and shooting.  She is five.  We did move into the "scene" modes, so she is picking the correct settings for the situation.  She is learning in the process, what the camera is doing and why those choices are appropriate for action or portraits or macro etc...

I think the first lesson for kids who want to take pictures is how to care for a camera and then how to hold it while shooting.  We work on making sure the lens is clean, finger placement, support and protection of the camera.  The kid sized camera strap keeps the camera at a good position on her little body...if the strap is too long, the camera will swing around and knock into things.

Life around here lately in pictures according to Gemma.

You need to feed unicorns glitter.

Bears like the sun.



Dad likes bikes. (that is mom's new bike, dad's bikes are fancier)



The twins do not like their bike ride.


Our family portrait before the bike ride. (she had to use a substitute helmet for alec's since he had his and she would not do the photo without "all of us there")



The leaves are all brown now...it happened in just a few days.


And finally, what she named her best shot.  She was so proud of this one as she took it through the small hole in the fence where the gate handle is.  We have olive trees (lots of olive trees) surrounding the area where we will be starting our "urban farm" / square foot garden. 


What I found most interesting about looking at her shots now as opposed to the ones that were on the card from ages ago...there are not as many people shots.  In fact, this time around, there were none.  There are some people shots since this batch, but there is a real effort on her part to putting together scenes and capturing the "things" around her.



19 comments:

MacKenzie said...

Great Job, Gemma! Your pictures are beautiful! Keep it up. They're great! :)
-MacKenzie

razan said...

Love the trees and the teddy bear pictures!
great job gemma! ;)

DQ Mountain Girl said...

loving the show of scenes, Gemma! Keep it up!

Hannah said...

great job Gemma!

Ari said...

Cool! These pictures came out GREAT!!

Marina said...

Hi Gemma,I loved your photos ! you have talent ! I can not wait to read your next post.
xoxo

kris5591 said...

These are all amazing!!
My favorites are the first picture of the unicorn and the last picture of the trees.

Katherine said...

Aww good on you Gemma, these are great!

I especially love the helmet picture :)

K xx (from www.thoseblissmoments.blogspot.com)

astrogirl529 said...

Love your bike helmet shot Gemma!

Hannah said...

They're all so cool! The unicorn and the bike helmets are my favourites. Thanks for sharing your fantastic photos with us Gemma!!

Jesseka said...

Love your blog gemma! You're pictures are beautiful! You are a very talented young lady. :)

Anonymous said...

I love the helmet picture

Elysa said...

Great job Gemma! I love the photos of the helmets and the trees!

Julia said...

Great job Gemma, I love the photos! Especially the helmet one :)
Keep it up!
Julia

Andie said...

Gemma, I really like your pictures! :-)

Jamie said...

Wow, well done Gemma! You are so talented. Love, love, love

Tiffany Jashinsky said...

Your photos are beautiful, Gemma! The helmet photo is my favorite. :)

Lisa said...

Lovely photos, Gemma! Your family photo and the unicorn photos are my favorites.

Monisia said...

I love you Gemma :)
U r beautiful girl.
I love u!


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