MANY OF OUR KIDS spend a lot of time smiling for the camera these days, and I’m of the opinion they could use some time behind the lens instead. While I myself don’t have kids (yet), I’ve had the unexpected and overwhelming good fortune to work with nonprofits around the world through my work with The Giving Lens, often teaching photography to children of different communities — not to mention my own nieces and nephews right at home — and I’ve seen firsthand the power of a camera in the hands of a child.
Seeing life through the eyes of a child is almost as amazing and standing back and watching them explore the world and getting to watch their creativity and curiosity unfold before your eyes. Read on to see for yourself why you need to get a camera — whether it’s yours, an old phone, or a cheap point-and-shoot — into your kids’ hands today.
All photos by author.