I have a new approach to vacation photos.
I give my kids the camera.
This new habit began a couple of years ago with our trip to Williamsburg, VA (my personal version of Disney World.) It was during that trip that I handed over the big expensive camera because 1) they wouldn’t stop asking and 2) I really was more interested in instagramming the whole trip on the whole. Occasionally I would take a turn with our fancy camera, snapping some shot of specific things I wanted to remember, but for the majority of the trip the kids were our official photographers.
Once we were home and I downloaded the pictures I loved what I saw. I saw the world from their perspective. I saw what they saw, at their level, through the lens of what mattered to them. Which when I thought about it, is really what I want my family vacation photos to show me.
Last week we had the opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon for a few hours, and again I handed over the cameras to the kids and stuck with my phone for most of the day.
Good job fellas 🙂