Elma Family Kitty Living Arrows Photography

Living Arrows 2015:19/52


We were all sat around the table at supper, chatting about this and that and H, trying to make a point about making phone calls and talking to people on the telephone, reached over, picked up my phone, and turned to the girls;

“What does Mummy do with this?”

And the answer came back quick as a flash:

“Takes photos!”

Yes, according to my children, my mobile is basically a camera that occasionally makes phone calls.  And it’s the camera that they love.  They both have a habit of sneaking it away when I’m not concentrating and then taking a dozen or so selfies to really give the game away when I find it again.

But every now and then I’ll hand it over willingly, and ask them to take me a few photos, just to see the world through their eyes, and for the fun of their enjoyment at getting to play with what I suspect they see as Mummy’s most exciting toy.

So for this week’s Living Arrows it’s not so much the subject of the pictures as the pictures themselves.  Because all of these pictures were taken by Kitty and I’ve not edited them beyond running them through my watermark.

They are Kitty’s record of an afternoon at the park, her view point, her rather surprised sister, and her fingers.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

On one level they are just slightly wonky snapshots of a play park, but their charm to me is the insight into Kitty’s perspective on the world and that’s why I want to record them here in our online family book, so that one days when she’s all grown up and trading camera lenses with me, I’ll be able to look back and show her some of her early work.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

It was so funny watching her wander around too, and I got a little peek at how she sees me when I’m taking pictures, just listening to what she was saying to herself and the directions she tried to give to Elma (who was far more interesting in the picture spinner and largely ignored her!).

I think I shall have to remind myself to hand the camera over on a regular basis, it would be so much fun to have a little library of pictures by both girls wouldn’t it?


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  • Mandycharlie 11/05/2015 at 9:01 am

    I love the swing photograph, I can smell the grass, feel the breeze on my skin and hear the sound of the chains clanking as the swings go higher and higher from that photograph.

  • Cerys {mascara and mud} 11/05/2015 at 11:43 am

    Such a cute idea!

  • Kim 11/05/2015 at 12:21 pm

    I remember the first time my little man took photos, it was like a little peek at the world through his eyes. Since getting a new camera, a few years ago, my little point and shoot is his, and he loves it!

  • Natalie @ Little Jam Pot Life Blog 11/05/2015 at 12:55 pm

    Love this, we let Halle loose with the camera and she got some rather fetching shots of the garden and my dishwasher 😉

  • Polka Dot Family 11/05/2015 at 5:29 pm

    I love that they enjoy taking photos with your phone, she has a great eye for a photo – David Bailey better watch out

  • LauraCYMFT 11/05/2015 at 8:39 pm

    Awww these are lovely! Kitty is a photographer in the making! When I think about it my phone is probably more of a camera than an actual phone LOL.

  • Karen 11/05/2015 at 9:42 pm

    Hee hee, very cute! Im always finding random photos on my phone that the girls have taken too x

  • susan 11/05/2015 at 11:18 pm

    What a wonderful mom you are! I love this idea.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • hena tayeb 12/05/2015 at 3:31 pm

    cute camera captures… D went through a taking pictures phase.. now he is back to always wanting to be in front of the camera again.

  • Hayley (@hayleyfromhome) 12/05/2015 at 5:27 pm

    So cute and what a lovely idea to record what they take photos of and what they see at the age they are now. Very sweet that she was giving directions too 🙂

  • sally 12/05/2015 at 10:03 pm

    Mine love getting their hands on my camera too, and yes, I always love seeing their perspective as well.

  • Hayley at Shutterflies 14/05/2015 at 2:44 pm

    She’s pretty good! I love finding stuff on my phone from the kids, it’s so funny seeing what catches their eye!

    • Carie 14/05/2015 at 10:15 pm

      I’ve just found another batch this evening – I think I know what I’m going to get her for her birthday!!

  • The L's Mum 16/05/2015 at 9:23 am

    Such wonderful photographs #livingarrows

    • Carie 17/05/2015 at 8:59 pm

      thank you very much!

  • Alexandra @dontcallmestepmummy 17/05/2015 at 6:58 pm

    These are great. I’m adoring the swing photograph, I would use this for my Silent Sunday post easily. Lovely seeing her perspective. Sorry for the super late comment #livingarrows

    • Carie 17/05/2015 at 8:48 pm

      It’s really great isn’t it – it was my favourite of the bunch too!