Family Kitty Photography

Like mother, like daughter


When I posted a picture of Kitty taking photographs with my big camera as lat week’s {this moment} the next question was always going to be “so what was she taking a picture of?”

And this is the answer:

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

Someone from our village walking their dog.  It’s not mind-blowing, but I think watching children take photographs is interesting.

We were sat in our front garden waiting for H to get home from work, enjoying the late afternoon sunshine and eagerly anticipating the family being complete again.  Elma was pulling up grass and climbing up and down the steps, and when Pip was so wrigglish in my arms and so very determined that the camera really was something that he ought to be eating I handed it over to his biggest sister.  Kitty perched up next to me and started snapping.  Firstly a few of me with Pip, then Elma against the wall of the house; the garden wall, the big tree and lots and lots of clouds.  And when she’d run out of fixed objects she started to look at the people, and photographing them.

There are a few of our neighbours, off for an evening walk, or perhaps down to the pub for supper; a villager walking his dog, and a man crossing the end of our road, head down, slowly climbing up the hill. And then of course we have enough photos of Daddy arriving home to run a full stop motion animation of him arriving onto the drive!

It struck me how utterly unselfconscious she is as a photographer; she sees something that interests her and just takes a picture.

Way back last summer I set myself a little challenge to take a picture on the walk to work each day, just to push myself a bit, to practice taking shots that weren’t of small children, and it was a challenge.  But not so much in terms of finding things to be the subject of my pictures, there were always plenty of choices and always changing light, but the first time I pulled out my phone I felt spectacularly self-conscious, incredibly aware of everyone else rushing to work around me (and by everyone else we mean a dozen people at most) and a little embarrassed and nervous.  I think you can tell in the photographs too; to start with they were all very much of bits of public property, the bridge over the river, flowers trailing down a wall, the sunlight through the trees.  Only as I got more confident did I start to take some of the photos that I really wanted, the delicious huge roses in a front garden, or the sign above the door at an apartment building that was once a school.  And there are still some that evaded me, that I never quite found the courage to take; the beautiful black and white tiled stairs down to a basement flat, or the door with the wonky 2 that made it look like it was smiling crookedly at you.  I think I always worried that I’d take the picture at the exact moment the owner decided to walk out the door to work!

It’s silly to be self-conscious, firstly because I am completely not when it comes to taking Me and Mine pictures; if someone walks past while I’ve got the camera precariously balanced on the buggy I’m more likely to ask the kids to wave than be worried about what they think we’re up to, probably because it is rather self-evident.  But the truth is exactly what I found last summer and what we can see in Kitty’s pictures from last week; no-one ever bats an eyelid.

After last year’s Blogtacular and Xanthe’s fantastic photo walk I promised myself that I would go out for more photo walks at home, but with the exception of my mini challenge I don’t think I have, not in the sense that I wanted to anyway.  I’ve put my hat in the ring for a place on this year’s walk and I’ve got all my fingers and toes crossed for a place, but even if don’t get on it, I’m thinking that I need to make myself get out there and start snapping away.

Part of the joy of that photowalk was the company – watching other people’s viewpoint lead to a knock on idea in your own mind, and some of my favourite are of people taking pictures of other people. And watching Kit hold my camera oh so carefully, actually manage to look through the viewfinder (after years of holding it up to her face and guessing) and taking shots that have a thought behind them, I think I need a small companion for a little Mummy-Kitty one on one time, and maybe an ice-cream after, the next time my biggest little girl shows signs of needing a little cherishing.  I have some camera related plans for her birthday in September, but I’m not sure I can wait that long so we might try either my old phone or our prehistoric point and shoot.  All we need now is a sunny day.  And assuming the first one doesn’t turn out to be an abject disaster I want to make it a monthly thing, a good excuse to spend some time together and a change to practice a hobby that she shows every chance of loving just as much as her Mama (and Grandpa and Great-Grannie, and Great-Great-Grandpa) before her

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

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  • barnraised (Jen) 20/05/2015 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks for following up with the actual picture. What fun! And congrats to Kitty on her photographic debut. My little girl has a simple camera and loves to take pics. She then keeps her own scrap book using them. And I also use her photos on my blog from time to time. She feels so proud. Great idea with the walk!

    • Carie 20/05/2015 at 10:10 pm

      Oh that’s such a good idea – I’ll have to make sure to print her some out and find and album to put them in – thank you for the idea

  • sally 20/05/2015 at 8:27 pm

    It sounds like the perfect opportunity for some quality Mummy/Kitty time, I’m sure she would really appreciate it.

    • Carie 20/05/2015 at 10:11 pm

      I think it’s going to be great fun for both of us and Pip’s got to the stage where he can be OK without me for an hour or so which is so nice in terms of what I can do with the girls again.

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 20/05/2015 at 9:56 pm

    Aw this is lovely and i think it’s so nice for them to experience our passions. Mads has just started becoming more interested in photography. x

    • Carie 20/05/2015 at 10:12 pm

      It’s so much fun seeing what they want to take pictures of – it’s a totally different perspective from mine!

  • Mackenzie Glanville ( 21/05/2015 at 12:53 am

    It is great watching them take photographs isn’t it. Thank goodness for digital so we don’t have to pay to develop 20 rolls of film once they’re finished lol. I guess because photography is a big part of both hubby’s and my life it’s nice to see our children taking interest. Great post, well done Kitty

    • Carie 21/05/2015 at 11:58 am

      oh yes definitely thank goodness for digital!

  • grace 21/05/2015 at 8:46 am

    Hi carrie I have though about commenting often as probably could give you lots of encouragement (mother of 4) but seriously apart from the carb and sugar loading you are doing a great job 🙂 but the photo of your street is to much personal info; you have an all access blog (I came for the knitting and stayed because it’s lovely to watch you keep making right choices and blossom into a beautiful family) I would advise keep your actual home unidentifiable. I feel so strongly about this that I a never comment person felt I should make you think about this issue.
    As for the books we have those that came out in their seasons (this way they’ll last the journey) and the ones that are around all the time, those that live in baskets and those THAT MUST BE TREATED CAREFULLY AND PUT BACK ON THE SHELF!!! if they’re all to precious to touch a love of books can’t happen and if they’re all tossed around they all get wrecked! God bless you all and maybe delete my comment you are welcome to email me if you want. I live about 10000 miles away :)hint we have animals no one else does and a big rock in the middle!

    • Carie 21/05/2015 at 11:56 am

      Hi Grace thank you for your comment and thank you for your concern. I had cropped the photo down from the original and it was such a funny angle I think you would be hard pressed to find us from it, but you’re right that it’s better to be safe than sorry so I’ve updated it with an even closer crop which now looks like any road in rural England!

  • grace 21/05/2015 at 8:54 am

    Hi just to add, we still bring the Christmas books out every year; even though we have no little children any more, place them in a be-ribboned basket and everyone pounces on them with love and joy so many happy memories are made this way blessings 🙂

    • Carie 21/05/2015 at 12:03 pm

      We already have the Christmas books separated out and I love the moment when the box comes out each year, it’s part of the magic isn’t it 🙂

  • Jess @ Picnics in the Rain 22/05/2015 at 3:34 pm

    This is really lovely Carie, and such a good idea to go on a photo walk. I get horribly self-conscious when taking photos in public, I don’t really know why… I hope you and Kitty have great fun together!

    • Carie 22/05/2015 at 11:56 pm

      It’s one of those funny things that really shouldn’t bother me but I do feel a bit awkward – hence the plan for the small assistant!