Every parent, of course, thinks that their child is the best and most brilliant at something. I’m no exception. Get ready, because I’m about to gush.
My son is an amazing kid. We have our struggles, as does everyone, but he has some particular issues given that he’s on the Autism spectrum and has ADHD. It often feels like it’s impossible to reach him and that he is incapable of expressing his feelings. Then this happens:
The husband and I were busy clearing out our old barn foundation. Our son was helping, but quickly grew bored. The husband then handed him one of our Nikon digital SLR cameras. The boy had about $1000 worth of equipment in his hands, that he could barely control due to its weight (he’s only eight years old). Then he started taking pictures.
He never takes more than one frame of anything. Well sometimes two, but they always come out great right away. I mean, yeah, it’s a digital camera, so all the exposure is right already. But real photography means that the photo looks phenomenal without the need for cropping. That picture of the shed door? Right off the camera.
He’s taken a few good pictures of me, things that have wound up being profile photos. This was a single shot.
Or how about this one from last spring?
Or how about this one that the boy took when he was four (with a much smaller camera).
So yeah, it’s possible that I’m just bragging about my child. But seriously, if someone handed you a $1000 camera set-up, would you take these photos? I can’t get photos like this because I think about them too hard. My husband is slightly more successful at getting good pictures, but it takes him forever, because he spends so long thinking about it.
The boy? Picks up the camera. Aims it at things he likes. Presto! Awesome photo.