In my family history, there seems to be a genetic tendency to be obsessed with photography. My dad loved it, and he inspired me. One of my sisters still shoots film, and while her style is much different than mine, her candid shots of family events capture memories that would otherwise be missed. (And, if it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t be in any of the pictures, since I’m usually the other main family member holding a camera!)
Here is the old Canon SLR that my husband bought years ago, when he was in his early twenties. It documented our family life until the early 2000s, when we went digital. It’s been dead for quite some time, but it has too much sentimental value to throw away. (Believe it or not, that case was originally black leather…)
It makes me happy that my kids (now young adults) love photography too. Both of them see things so differently and in ways I never think of. And both of them have creative eyes that surpass mine, so it’s really fun to see their photos and be inspired by them.
My daughter is taking her second photography class now. While my strength seems to be in capturing expressions, and events-in a word-people, my daughter, on the other hand, comes up with the most interesting and creative ways to capture images of things (inanimate objects and nature.) So recently, by watching her, my skills in capturing those things have grown too. Because our style and visions are so different, the hobby of photography has taken on new life for me.
In your kids’ early years, one of the most effortless and fun ways to help them develop their creativity is as simple as sharing your hobbies. And, then, when they’re grown, they will help you develop your creativity too.
This post was originally published in 2013 and updated in 2023.