Getting Children Interested in Photography

If you look back over your family photos what do they show? What can you see? IF they’re anything like ours then they will show the children, on rare occasions they show one parent and the girls while I’m taking the photos. 

I honestly can’t remember the last time I appeared in a photo and I certainly can’t remember the last time my wife and I had a photo together. 

Both my girls are at the age when I want to get them interested in taking photos and personally I think getting children interested at a young age is so important. We all know that children absorb information so quickly when they’re at school so this is a perfect time. 

I’m hoping my tips will help you get your children taking photos. I’m not talking about teaching them about ISO, shutter speeds but small tips to help them take photos they can be proud of. 

Pick The Right Camera

From experience picking the right camera is key, there’s really no point in getting them an expensive all singing all dancing camera but equally a disposable camera isn’t right for them. A simple basic camera with a zoom and importantly a screen is perfect. Even a phone with a camera is fine. Children need to see what they have taken a photo of and this needs to be instant not a few days later. 

Holding the Camera

Before you get them to snap away show them how to hold the camera. If using a phone then a grip where they hold it in each corner is normally good. Show them what happens if fingers are in front of the lens. No one enjoys looking through photos where little fingers are in the way. Show them before so they won’t get disappointed when you look at them later. 

Setting up the photo

When getting children interested in taking photos don’t bombard them with too much information. The best way to start is to tell them to start by getting everything in the centre then they won’t go too far wrong. This is where having a screen is ideal as they can see exactly what they’re taking a photo of. 


The beautiful of digital photos and camera phones is that you can take endless amounts of photos and it doesn’t matter. If they get a disposable camera then it’s limited to 24 or 36. My tip would be to give them a camera on a day out and just let them snap away. You can then look back over them and explain what they did wrong and they will learn as they go. 

Get up Close

On most cameras, they will be some form of zoom but also explain to them that if something looks too far away then move up to the subject so more of the point of interest is in the photo. This is sometimes easier said than done. 

Focus on Interesting Things

Why are they taking that photo? Once they’ve got the basics of actually taking a photo get them to take photos of interest. What caught their eye? If it was an animal or person get them to focus on that and fill the photo with the thing they found interesting. 

Following these tips will give your child a good start in their photography journey and over time different things can be introduced such as Rule of Thirds or advancing to a larger camera with more advanced settings. 

Now step away from the camera and get your child to snap photos of you for a change instead of the other way round.

Easter Egg Hunt at Alfriston Clergy House

When Easter rolls around we try and visit a National Trust property to take part in one of their Easter Egg Hunts. Last year we happened to be in Cornwall so we visited Lanhydrock and enjoy a lovely walk around the gardens while looking for Easter bunnies. 

This time we decided to visit somewhere we'd never been before which was Alfriston Clergy House and a little fact I'd learnt afterwards which is Alfriston Clergy House was the first building saved by the National Trust in 1896.

The house is set by a beautiful open green which would be perfect for a picnic in the Summer. The Easter egg hunt costs £1.50 per child and on this occasion it was a case of looking around the garden and writing down the names of the bunny rabbits that you find. 

The rabbits are dotted around the whole garden so you do actually get to see the whole garden rather than the children running off and you missing the best parts. 

At this time of year they had a few things growing but I imagine in a months time the garden will be full of colour and it will be well worth a visit back for us. 

Both the girls enjoyed it and they received a Cadbury's Easter bunny at the end which really didn't last that long. 

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#MySundayPhoto - Princess Mia

This week was Mia's first school performance, she played the part of one of the Princesses. The role was made for Mia as she's a really girly girl so she was delighted when they gave it to her. She also had a few lines and was perfect and got a little laugh from the audience. 

I think she looked the perfect Princess.

Thank you to everyone that linked up and I look forward to seeing everyone's photos and I'll be commenting over the coming week. 

Please have a look at the new Instagram challenge, a weekly thing where I announce a theme each week...the next theme will be announced tomorrow. 

Please tag the following accounts Instagram posts (@Photalife) Google+ Posts (+DarrenColeshill) Facebook Posts (Photalife) Tweet me (@Photalife) and even Pin Me (Photalife) and I will then repin, RT, Like or +1.

The awesome people at PhotoBox have joined in and are offering a 60 x 40cm Classic Canvas as a prize each month until the end of year. I will pick a winner at the end of the month.

The winning photo might not be from the person who took the most amazing photo but perhaps it will be a photo that tells a beautiful story, or a photo that brightened up the day.

Again thank you every much and please feel free to add the badge to the post.


Enjoying the Fresh Air

Enjoying the Fresh Air

Sometimes you forget just how lucky you are. You forget that where you live is beautiful and that there are far worse places in the World to be. Just down the road from us we have a small but beautiful area of woodland  and while Aly was working on her homework (making a cave and iron age house) me and Mia went for a little walk. 

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#MySundayPhoto - Princess

#MySundayPhoto - Princess

It seems that more often that not the photo I use for #MySundayPhoto is some form of flower or plant and very rarely do I use a photo of one of my girls. This week that changes. 

Like many children across the UK the Summer holidays have just started and for us this means that Mia is no longer at pre-school but come September she will be attending Primary School. 

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The Girls in Black & White

A little while ago I decided to try out using an old film camera and used an ilford B&W film. After being developed I had a look through the photos and thought I'd post a few of them. The first collection is of the girls and none of these has been edited just cropped square. _12

It's a shame Mia didn't have her eyes open on this one. I still think it's a beautiful photo. I think the fact that it's in black & white means she stands out against what would be a bust background.


I love this photo of the girls together. If you look closely you'll notice that Mia has her arm linked around Aly's. I'm not sure what sort of pose Aly is trying to pull here.


Mia sitting quietly at Aly's party, I don't remember taking this photo. She looks like she's in her own little World. Knowing Mia is was waiting for cake or some form of food.


Again Aly going for a random pose, it almost says to me...I give up just take the picture. It also looks like she's about to start giggling.


The final photo is underexposed but there is something about it that I like. The way the light falls and the natural feel to the photo. She had no idea I was taking it and at the time she was working on some school work.

I'm pretty happy with the way these have come out. The next collection is from Lewes

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Happy Birthday Mia

4 Years ago today you my little Mia came into the World like a whirlwind. Unlike your sister who was trying to stay in mummy's tummy for as long as possible, you on the other hand seemed you couldn't wait to see us all. 71666_10150284220785512_778630511_15532996_575217_n

Just look at that beautiful baby, in this photo you would have only been a few hours old. For all of us it was love at first sight. Aly couldn't wait to see her baby sister.

TogetherLike all sisters you have fallings out but you are both so close and me and mummy are so proud of you both. You two are our biggest achivements and you are both developing in to little stars.

You will always be the youngest of the family and be our baby girl no matter how old you are. In many ways you are very similiar to Aly but you are also so individual, the little expressions you come out with always makes us laugh.

The Gallery Expressions

This next year that we are about to go through will be a big one for you, within the next year you will have started Primary school which is scary as it means that our baby girls are both growing up.

Always remember that Mummy and Daddy will never let anything bad happen and that the four of us will always be holding hands.


Happy Birthday Mia

#MySundayPhoto - School Time

I was tempted to find another photo but then I thought nothing sums up the week like a school photo. I think this one shows the girls off perfectly. This is Aly starting Year 2 and looking more and more mature and this is Mia starting her final year of playschool looking more and more cheeky wpid-img_20140904_082433.jpg

Thank you to everyone that linked up last week. I will as always try to comment on the posts this afternoon but I can't promise that. If you add the hashtag on Twitter I will RT and if you use it on Google+ I will +1 it and the same applies to Instagram and Facebook.

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Bank Holiday Bluebell Walk

Is there anything better to do on a Bank Holiday than getting out in the fresh air and just going to a simple walk? We're very lucky in the fact that about 400 metres from our house is the most wonderful and peaceful woods. This is the first time we've been down there since the bluebells have flowered and that was my reason for heading down hope was that the girls would actually let me take a few photos of them without moaning.

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It really was a case of getting them to sit quickly to take the photo and then boom off they ran to enjoy the fresh air. Whilst walking around I did manage to find a little creature who didn't seem to bothered with me taking photos of them.

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There appeared to be lots of broken trees from the storms and high winds over the winter so this gave Aly all sorts of fun from collecting various sticks and climbing trees which last year she'd never even dream about doing.

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Hopefully we'll get to enjoy the woods a lot more over the coming months.

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Pretty Padstow

Just before Easter our little family headed off to Coombe Mill to enjoy a family break and while we were down that way we headed to Padstow...a place we had never been before. Wow what an amazingly beautiful place it is, if you've never been before I suggest you head that way. It's difficult to put in to words how beautiful it is. From the moment you arrive you get a smell from the fish n chips and that draws you in straight away. Even though we visited while it was the school holidays it wasn't busy while kind of surprised us.

This is one of the first scenes you are greeted with...the Padstow harbour.


We spent the most part of the day there, starting with having a walk around the shops and enjoying the weather. We also headed off and had something to eat and we managed to find somewhere that sold something other than a fish n chips.

After lunch we walked to the beach expecting it to be busy but what we were greeted with was just the perfect empty sandy beach.


The girls don't get to see sandy beaches very often so for the next few hours they made the most of it.


Like all good parent's we might not have been totally prepared but it didn't stop the girls and with the removal of their boots they went paddling in the sea wearing their tights.


Of course no trip to the seaside is complete without an ice cream and when in Padstow the ice cream has to be real Cornish ice cream.


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