One way to find a day with your kids that they are guaranteed to love is to build a date around one of the things they are passionate about or something that they are exploring. Our oldest has been interested in photography for a long time. She has asked for cameras for Christmas, explored some of the high-end cameras at secondhand camera stores, and I’ve asked some friends who love photography to take her out and give her some tips. To this day, she’ll be the first person to ask to take the family pictures during the holidays.
One afternoon we decided to go out and take photos together. Well, I mean we didn’t take them together in that we were posing for pictures . . . we both took pictures of things to make our own portfolio. We didn’t have any special equipment, just our phones.
We drove over to an area in our town called Blue Hole. It is an area of the San Gabriel River where it is deep enough to swim. When the water is high it is very beautiful. The picture at the top of the blog is an actual picture of Blue Hole. We stopped and took pictures of flowers, the river, the waterfall, and anything we could find that looked beautiful through the lens of the camera.
When we finished, we looked at each other’s photos, and I’ll admit, she did a pretty good job! There was a lot of excitement upon returning home, too. The first thing she wanted to do was show her mom all her photos.
We got to spend time together, enjoy God’s creation, and be outside. It was a date that didn’t have to cost anything, although I’m pretty sure we grabbed sno cones before and she thinks we went to “our spot” for dinner.
Let me tell you how much of a memory this day was for my daughter. I asked her about it as I was typing up this blog to make sure I didn’t leave anything out. We did this date a couple of years ago so I thought I might be a bit foggy on the details. I asked her, “What do you remember about our photography date?” Without missing a beat, she said, “I’ve still got the pictures. Do you want to see them?”