|Self Portrait by Remy using the Pudding app for iPod touch.|
Remy has moved on from the Canon P&S I was letting him use when there were fresh batteries to be found. And he has discovered a love of the iPod camera, just as I have.
Let's clarify: he discovered that I was taking pictures of him on my iPod, which he calls "Chica" after this app, which was the first I downloaded for him, many years ago. We're now technically on "Chica 2" but I'm not a stickler for formality.
|I probably pressed the button on this one...|
So, we've been having cuddle-portrait fests. Oh, goodness, so much fun!!!
|Me? Remy? Who can remember?|
And then Remy will decide he wants to go off and shoot more interesting subjects, so I let him do that, too.
Because as a photographer, I grok that creative urge.
|Definitely Remy, after he moved on to the Hipstamatic app. I also have about ten close up shots of the couch under Elmo that aren't nearly as interesting...|
|I didn't even have to take any shots of this fire at our friends house, because Remy shot so many that were really interesting|
|It's a finger! I still kinda like this one, though.|
If you are still worried, you can buy a kid-specific camera. None of them review well enough for me to recommend, but they're designed to be more secure for children to hold. If the fear of breakage is keeping you from letting your child explore with your camera, that could be a good stepping stone.
The other downside is that your child will likely shoot MANY photos and you may or may not be able to delete any of them, depending on your sentimentality at the moment and how able your kid is to communicate which photos s/he doesn't like. Remy is more of a "in the moment" photographer, so I just delete the ones that are all black or all white (or all pink, that's his finger on the teeny lens).And if takes multiple shots of something (clickclickclickclick, which he does), then I'll edit them.
It's all worth it for gems like these.