As some of you may know, my parents and I are homeschooling my son (13yrs old). Fridays are Art days in our household and my son has picked photography for his first unit. I am teaching him to shoot from his sweet little heart… to dig deep and create something that lights up his soul… to set out on an adventure and pay attention to all of his surroundings so he can capture what makes him feel good.
In this blog post I cover at topic near and dear to my heart. You will also get an update on what my boy is learning in his photography journey 🙂
I read a lot… and when I say a lot, I mean A LOT 😉 In the last 3-4 months I have read and listened to a total of 13 books. Ha! Two that stick out as I write this blog post are 2 audio books I have been listening to:
I have been listening to these through Audible.com. I have a membership and this allows me to get FREE books ALL the time 😉
Anyways, in “Last Child in the Woods” the author discusses “the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, he links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s wired generation—he calls it nature-deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.”
The discussion on children not getting outside and developing certain disorders is obviously a whole other topic, but what it really got me thinking about is that we tend to begin to develop some of our lifelong habits (good or bad) in our childhood…. whether it is something learned along the way or something we learned in our home environments, from our parents.
In Brene Brown’s talk about Vulnerability she speaks about developing a pattern in her research on Wholehearted Individuals and some things they all have in common; which turned into her developing 10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living. One of those guideposts is Cultivating Creativity and Letting Go of Comparison. She states that we ALL have this ability within us… whether it’s photography, painting, piano or other instrument, writing, telling stories, speaking, drawing, designing, fashion, creating picture collages, creating videos or movies, scrap booking, blogging, Lego building, etc.
As I am reading the two books, they both resonated with me on the importance of not only getting children outside to play, but also the great need for us parents to allow them them the time and help them discover and cultivate their creativity.
Some kids are too busy going from one sport to the next, then onto homework, then bed, then repeat! They aren’t allowed the space or time to cultivate their creativity. What would be better time spent then taking an photography class together, or a painting class, or visiting a museum together to take in some art??
Art has a huge presence in our home. For awhile I encouraged my son to do something creative for at least an hour each day… this eventually became a habit for him and he now seeks out something to do creatively most every day.
With him learning photography we can cultivate this creativeness together. And super lucky for us our backyard is absolutely gorgeous and there never seems to be a dull moment to be had out there! 😉
For the past 2 weeks we have been working on capturing images using different angles and points of view. Some examples of different angles and POV (points of view):
Most importantly, we continue to shoot what grabs at our soul…I allow him to roam free and photograph what he wants, how he wants… to cultivate his own craft. 🙂
A few Fridays ago it SNOWED!! Very heavily too!! We set out and prepared ourselves for that cold morning into the ginormous flying fluffy flakes.
We grabbed our lens hoods and our clear bubble umbrellas to help shield our cameras from getting too wet. Camden didn’t want to have to hold onto his umbrella, so he stuffed the handle down the back of his jacket to keep in place over his head; quite brilliant if you ask me 😉
Winter came on REAL quick here in Minnesota!! Check out the image below for photographic proof!!! We walked down the path and then BAM there was SNOW!!
I absolutely LOVE following him around and watching him create! Below are some images of Camden in action:
The snow has melted and everything is back to brown. Camden grabbed some Legos and we ventured outside again to feed our souls.
Below is the image that he captured above:
Then he thought it would be fun to put the Joker on his side to make it look like he was laughing 😉
You will find us photographers in all sorts of different contortions to get “the shot” 😉 Below Cam is gettin’ down and creative!!
And the shot he took in that moment … Robin climbing a tree 🙂
Camden asked me, “Mom, does photography ever get boring?” I answered him by saying, “Not if you continue to photograph what makes you happy. There will be times you may feel like you are in a rut, but your creativeness will always be there and will always return.” He smiled and said, “Good, because I really enjoy it.” 🙂
Cultivating Creativity is important because it allows us all time to simply play… to do something that we love and enjoy… to feed our souls. Teaching our children this at a young age could do wonders for them as they grow and mature.