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Life through a toddlers lens – a day with a camera

Today we had a really nice walk in some local woods. It was a lovely sunny morning, very odd for a bank holiday weekend! I took my camera (a Canon DSLR, very recommended), and for the first time, our 4 year old seemed very interested in the camera – how it works, what I could see, how I chose what things to take photos of. It really seemed to have caused a spark in his brain, so I said that when we got home he could have a go on one of my old cameras.

I let him lose with my first ever digital camera, all the way back from 2003 (ish!) the magnificent HP Photosmart 735 was a beast of a camera, boasting 3.2 megapixels (ooh), a spacious 16Mb (that’s megabytes, not these new fangled gigabytes) internal memory and all powered off two AA batteries. I can remember taking photos with this, an d loving it at the time. But it was also very frustrating, and always ran out of power. I probably spent more on batteries for it than I used to buying and processing film…

The HP Photosmart 735

After a brief crash course in cameras and a few golden rules (“Don’t touch the lens!”) he was off. What follows are the unedited photos he took, of some of the most important things in his life.

The photos – taken by a four year old (who just realised what a camera was for)

A collection of his favourite vehicles

His wheelybug – it’s a little small for him, but still a trusty companion and available from Amazon!

Toddler photography - a green bin lorry

A green bin lorry toy

Pintoy eco lodge

Some of his little toys sleeping in their house (the Pintoy ecolodge)

the floor

The floor. He seemed to take a lot of these – I’ve selected the “best” displaying a vivid sense of the fluid movement of a toddler in full motion

His finger – making a brief appearance


So that’s what a toddler takes photographs of! It was interesting to see that he really focused on taking the photos, finding interesting subjects and trying to compose a good image. He was really pleased with himself when it worked which was brilliant. If you’ve got an old camera laying about, then it is a fun way to spend an hour or two (which is all the batteries in a 2003 vintage digital camera can take!). If you don’t have a spare camera, you can always get a child-proof one!

7 comments for “Life through a toddlers lens – a day with a camera

  1. September 2, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Ours is the same – she’s fascinated by my camera and i have some cracking shots of her with it, and some brilliant ones she’s taken with it #thesatsesh

  2. fatherlee1986
    September 3, 2017 at 8:46 am

    What a great idea to provide a unique view of a child’s world! #thesatsesh

  3. September 4, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    #thesatsesh we are taking my son away soon and he is 4 years old, i was thinking of getting him some kind of child friendly camera. Mainly as, like you id like to see how the world looks through his lens. A lovely post x

    • September 4, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      We got one like this as a present for a friend, and it seemed really good. I think using a 12 year old digital camera wasn’t the best start for our little one, although he did really well!

  4. September 9, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Love your little man’s eye for details, I mean the blurry floor shot is amazing haha. I love how you let him loose with your camera and that he seems so interested in photography.xx #thesatsesh

  5. September 15, 2017 at 11:39 am

    This is such an amazing idea! My eldest (8) has my old camera and is interested in taking photos. I may have to try this on his younger brothers! Thank you for sharing #TheMumDiaries

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