Hobbies can be expensive especially when you are just getting started. Because we have the means, we like to help our kids get started in something that they show an interest in. Up to this point, my daughter hasn’t shown any lasting interest in any one particular hobby. My husband and sons are all hunters. They hunt with bows and guns and if you have ever looked at the prices on either of those, you know they aren’t cheap. My daughter likes hunting, but hasn’t shown much extra effort in practicing and becoming proficient with the weapons. She has, however, held her interest in photography. We got her a simple digital camera a couple of years ago and it was promptly broken. (Not by her) We never replaced it, but she kept asking for a new one. When she got her ipod Touch she took some pictures with that. Sometime last year she came up with a plan for photography. She had some money saved up and she would only ask for money for her birthday and Christmas and save it to buy a laptop and a digital camera. She got her laptop, but didn’t manage to save much for her camera. Of course, she set her sights pretty high with her choice of camera. She did her research and talked to Grandpa, who is a professional photographer, and decided that she had to have a Canon EOS Rebel T3i, nothing else would do. Long story short, we found an excellent (and I mean EXCELLENT!) deal on the camera with 2 lenses and bought it for her for her birthday. She did willingly donate a chunk of her birthday money to help pay for it which we did accept because it teaches financial skills.
She was so excited when she saw the boxes! I just love seeing those genuine smiles on the faces of my children. They seem so rare in teenagers. I don’t know if she was afraid to use it or what, but it has mostly been sitting since she got it. She did take some storm video the other day until the rain started and then she tucked it safely away again. Well, she decided to spend this past weekend with Grandma and Grandpa so he could show her how to use the camera and how to properly take pictures. She comes home tonight and I can’t wait to see what she’s learned. She has a very fertile imagination and I am excited to watch her grow in this hobby. If she’ll let me, I will post some of her pictures. I would laugh if she started a blog! She says that blogging is dumb. She is more into Instagram right now and probably Flickr now that she knows how to use the camera. I’ll show her some of the photography blogs and maybe she’ll learn to love it. She does ask to look at my friend’s photography blog sometimes so who knows.
That’s my news for today!
- Photography by David Muesbeck, David Daniel Photography (treehousearts.me)