How Photography Captures My Son’s Interest

Photography is one area of art that I wanted to learn.

We have a DSLR camera that we always carry with us during our family holiday trips. I love taking snapshots of places and people. The beautiful sceneries, the historical and architectural landmarks amaze me.

Recently, I noticed my son’s excitement in taking photos whenever we go out on a family trip. Photography has captured my son’s interest. I think I have influenced him in a way every time he sees me taking photographs during our family holidays.

He likes taking photographs on his mobile phone to capture every image that fascinates him. Whether it’s the sea, the sand across the seashore, the crowd, the tall buildings and things that are full of colorful and bright lights or just plain historical landmarks are beautiful images that he sees around him.

These images bring him joy, love and make him calm. It has the same benefit as having an Art Therapy. He finds meaning in every image and reflects the beauty of life around him.

A camera can capture emotion in ways which the naked eye could not see. According to a Chinese proverb, “ A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” in itself. This is true to my son because he finds it hard to express himself well in words. He could express himself clearly through images because this is the way I taught him when he was little.

Although he could communicate with me verbally now there are still times that he could not express himself clearly especially when he finds it hard to understand the words being said to him. I have to find another word or perhaps show him an image of the word that would best describe it so that he would fully understand the word.

So you see, images make more sense to him than words. Every image that he captures through the camera of his mobile phone has a deep connection to the emotions that he feels at that very moment. You can tell if he is happy or not, just by looking through every photo that he captures. It transcends the realm of his imagination and could vividly see every detail in every image that he shoots.

These random photos are photos that he had taken during our family day trips. I have modified it a bit to capture its essence.




How about you? Does your child like taking photos? What do you do to encourage him?

Please leave your comments and suggestions below. I would love to hear from you. 

Adel 🙂

6 thoughts on “How Photography Captures My Son’s Interest

  1. Hi Adel,

    I couldn’t agree with you more–pictures express more than words.

    I have two kids aged 7 and 4. My seven-year old son loves taking pictures of people and places. Once in a while when we visit the desert, we encourage him to take pictures of the landscape and animals (camels, especially). While he loves taking photos in general, he doesn’t fancy looking at pictures of places that he took and prefers snapshots of us dangling from rocks or riding on a camel’s back. My four-year old daughter prefers to take pretend photos. 🙂 I think it is just a matter of time before she starts using our Fuji camera.


    1. It’s great to hear from a parent like you that your children are interested in taking photos. It will help them build their creativity and love of nature and of the world as a whole. You just have to keep on encouraging them if they have interest in taking snapshots of the places and things that they see around them and look to look at them as well in order to appreciate the beauty of this world and to find a deeper sense of connection when they grow up as adults. Thank you for sharing your views!

  2. Hi Adel

    You got a really interesting point. Pictures tell a thousand words. And the way you use this principle with your kid is awesome. It builds a stronger link with your kid. This is a good use of the technology. I did share it on my networks for parents of an autistic kid.

    Best Regards, Jeff

    1. True indeed! A picture could tell you a thousand words and this is my son’s way of connecting to the world around him. Thank you for sharing this article with your networks. I really appreciate all the support that you are extending to help children with autism.

  3. Your son’s pictures are beautiful! You mentioned that he takes these with his phone, have you considered getting him his own camera? Do you ever print and display the pictures he has taken? I am glad that he is able to express himself in this way and that it allows you as his parent to see more of the world through his eyes. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post. 🙂

    1. He does not have his own camera but we have a family DSLR camera which we allow him to use. I am thinking of letting him take photography lessons in the future if he wants it. I have not printed yet the pictures that he has taken from his mobile but I think it’s a good idea to have hard copies so that he could see and touch the pictures at the same time. This way he will appreciate it more.

      Thank you, Ashley, for your questions and for appreciating my son’s pictures.

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