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Passing on a love of Photography

PHOTOGRAPHS ARE A MASSIVE PART OF MY LIFE. ALWAYS THE FIRST THING I PACK CAREFULLY AND UNPACK WHEN WE MOVE TO A NEW HOUSE. I CAN’T BEAR NOT TO HAVE THOSE MOMENTS AROUND ME. PROFESSIONAL PORTRAITS AND DAY’S OUT SNAPS – IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE, I LOVE THEM ALL.

I’ve had a camera since I was tiny. The first one, I remember, looked a little something like this (pic) and took sticks of flash bulbs like this!

 

Nikon camera vintage

My Dad gave me my first ‘proper camera’ – a Nikon ‘point and shoot’ – which took 35mm film photographs. I was 11 years old at the time and absolutely loved it. I still have some of the images taken on that camera at my parents’ house in the endless boxes of ‘stuff’ (Sorry mum)!

This summer, my biggest boy turned 11 too. From his phone snaps I can see he has an eye for a landscape and so I thought an actual camera would be a great birthday present, as well as something for us to do together.

I bought a camera for him and was telling my mum all about it. Then, she disappeared off. Returning with my little Nikon, now more than 20 years old! What a wonderful thing to be able to show my boys!

I put a film in the camera (which I’m yet to develop – that old chestnut) took a few frames and allowed the boys to use the rest on an afternoon out to the ice cream parlour.

Explaining to a digital child that they have ‘run out of frames’ was more than slightly amusing. Watching my 7-year old’s little face trying to grasp why A) he can’t see the photographs he has taken and B) it had stopped working, was a challenge! Let’s not even try to explain floppy disks or cassettes.

We were camping over Ollie’s birthday weekend and this is him opening his gift – note the awesome Harry Potter strap 😊

THINGS HAVE CERTAINLY MOVED ON A LITTLE

I wanted to buy a camera for him to grow into, with both auto & manual settings.

I can’t wait to work on some little projects together.

I went for a Fujifilm Finepix S bridge camera. It’s small enough for his hands but with plenty of zoom and auto features to keep him interested.

These are a selection from our family outings over the last month or two – after picking out the inevitable fuzzies, I think he’s done an awesome job. We even set the self-timer after a mammoth climb to the top of Moel y Gest for a group selfie with the cousins.

How enormous is that jelly fish at Morfa Bychan?! These are amazing memories of wonderful days and are utterly priceless.

Do you or your children enjoy photography? What camera do you use? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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