We recently returned from two of my favorite places in the world (Yosmite and Bass Lake) in which we camped in tents.  Real tents. On the ground.  However, this isn't about the tents, or the ground, this is about an old camera and an eight year old girl.

A long time ago I bought a cheap refurbished waterproof camera
Then I forgot about it.  It was hidden in a drawer collecting dust as I shot frame after frame with my iPhone.  Summer was approaching and I was contemplating getting a Lifeproof case for my phone.  As one was sitting in my Amazon cart, I remembered that little green camera.
Out it came, and the instant Lucy saw it she asked if she could use it.
From the second she took her first photograph she was smitten.  I knew right then that I could let her show responsibility and maturity and let her take custody of it. 

What I didn't expect was to see what she would capture.
Giving it to her was perhaps one of the best things I could ever have done.
I wonder if Drew needs an assistant.

Here are a few of her shots.  All straight out of the camera, all straight from her eight year old perspective.  No edits.  No cropping.  
Dig your old point and shoot out of that junk drawer.  Give it to your kid and see your world through their eyes.  
Also, squirrels.  Because Lucy.


  1. she definitely has an eye for composition! That's awesome!

  2. Great pictures Lucy! My 3 year old likes to use my DSLR but her pictures are no where near as good as these! I should give her my old one to use.

  3. brings back so many memories of my childhood and trips we made to Yosmite! I wish we didn't live on the other side of the U.S. because I would love for my children to see this amazing place.

  4. Wow !! Lucy took some beautiful pictures ! Such a lovely reminder to see the world through children's eyes !

  5. She has an eye for it! Gorgeous pictures! I'm going to tell my brother to do this the next time he takes his kids (10 and 6) on a trip. Great idea!

  6. I feel like I need to talk more about the tents. And I remember when she took that pic of the squirrel near the dumpster at the creek. I love her.

  7. Great pics. Great idea! Taking pictures can be a good way to enjoy more a trip and remember all the great places we've seen. :)

  8. She is a natural! I'm pretty sure I would buy some of these prints as artwork for my house!

  9. Beautiful. I know how this story goes, if you give a kid a camera, she'll take beautiful photos of God's creation....