Behold, a little project that combines being with your kids, photography and rainbows. A Holy Trifecta.
I’ve been wanting to do something photography-related with Lainey for a while now–some fun project that we could do together where she could start learning some basic lessons of photography like cropping, zooming in and angles, but mostly something that would encourage her to enjoy the true rewards of taking pictures–looking for light, framing colors, smiling with satisfaction when the picture you take captures that beautiful something you saw before you framed it.
We started a photo challenge last weekend with the simple goal of capturing rainbows. I told her I’d keep her camera in my purse and for the next several days, we’d together keep our eyes peeled for scenes that held rainbows–multi-colored beauty. Whenever she saw a good rainbow, she asked for her camera. We’d each try and take photos of different things and would combine our results to make a collage. (You could easily do this with a phone camera too)
You know how much fun this was? Way fun.
She turned into a rainbow detective–upholding the family legacy.
We combined her rainbows…
…with my rainbows…
…added some inexpensive frames and canvases (4×4 canvases for hers, 4×6 frames and one thick block 5×7 canvas for mine–small wooden blocks hot glued to give a raised 3-D look)…
And the result? A small wall collage and a little girl who came home from school today to find the finished project. I heard her literally catch her breath and watched her smile the proudest, sweetest grin.
“It’s a Mommy/Lainey gallery,” I told her. “You’re a real photographer.”
“Can we do things that are blue next?” she asked.
We’re going to go through every color in the book.
Teaching your kids something you love to do is so rewarding. To more of this.