I am about to start teaching a photography course to a class in a special needs school and have had to prepare a range of photographic tasks and ideas that could be enjoyed and tackled by children with a range of learning abilities.
Having sketched out a rough outline I thought who better to try it out with than my own kids.
My daughter, Ruby 9yrs, jumped at the opportunity to demonstrate, or as she put it - prove, that she was as good as her Dad. Nothing like a bit of family competition to get the kids to do something you want them to do! She even did a twist on my logo to create her own version for herself.
It didn't take long to explain to her that she had to take six shots and then put them together in a hand-made photo album with a short statement to write for each photo. Ruby did the whole project in one weekend and put her heart and soul into every shot. Whilst I naturally helped her with camera settings for each shot she decided her own subject matter, took all the shots and then picked her favourite ones for the album.
I know I am bound to be a little bias, aren't all Dads? However what really impressed me was that she had the patience to keep trying to get exactly what she wanted. She knew, without prompting the importance of it being in focus and sharp and even more impressive was that she understood that you shouldn't have any distractions in the photo so moved her own position and used the lens to zoom in and out to get the composition she wanted.
So here's my girls first photo project - she is very proud of it and I am very proud of her and hope this is the start of something we can continue to enjoy together for many years to come.
So I'd encourage all you parents, grandparents, Aunties and Uncles to get children involved with photography beyond smartphone selfies, you might even learn a thing or two from them about photography and they will certainly show you a perspective and interpretation that isn't obvious to you.