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Thankgiving portraits by a 5yr old w a film camera :)

 
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Nov 29, 2015 13:42 |  #1

My son has had a rough life. I was diagnosed with Crohn's just before his 1st birthday and struggled to live normally for a few years. At 2.5, my wife, his mom, was diagnosed with one of the worst brain diseases out there. She lives in a constant state of pain, is disabled by it, and cannot perform regular tasks most of the time.

Finding ways for our son, Clive to cope have been challenging. Photography has been one of those ways. He's been loading and shooting his own film since he was 4 (both instant and 35mm). It's been a great way to bond the two of them together when they are apart as he knows he's taking pictures most of the time to show his mama when he gets home.

On Thanksgiving, two months after turning 5, I gave him the task of trying to get everyone's pictures at the family dinner. Here's some of the images :)


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Second cousin taking a cigarette break.

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Me (dad) and my cousin.

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Great Uncle, a karate instructor.

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Grandma saying grace with Grandpa.

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Great Grandma and great Uncle telling stories after dinner.

You can see the rest of the set here (external link), if you're interested :)

Any other parents of kid photographers out there? Or know of any to direct me to? I'd love to see other parents' ideas on how they implement photography with their children :)

Bobby

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Nov 29, 2015 13:45 |  #2

I'd like to see your son's work, but none of it is visible above. "Embed prevented, image too large" replaces each photo.


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Nov 29, 2015 13:55 as a reply to  @ OhLook's post |  #3

D'oh. They're hosted on Facebook wider than allowed :(


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Nov 29, 2015 14:55 as a reply to  @ bnlearle's post |  #4

I'm really happy for your son that you've found such a great way to involve him in family events and have a way to be close to you and his mom. Best wishes to you all.

EDIT: I clicked through to FB - those are good. I may need to borrow your son to shoot my next family get-together. That's the only way I'll be in any of the pictures. :-)


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Nov 29, 2015 16:11 |  #5

Enjoyed them all Bobby, glad you and your family had a good holiday!


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Nov 29, 2015 16:54 |  #6

Bobby --


Visited your Facebook page, some outstanding photos from a budding young photographer

You brought a tear to my eye, and given me hope for the world. Such a positive young child struggling through difficulty, yet choosing to be positive and focus on a creative outlet.

Helps keep things in perspective for a lot of us, self included. I will keep your sons photos in my memory for the next time I want to feel sorry for myself or complain about petty things.


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Nov 29, 2015 20:37 as a reply to  @ stsva's post |  #7

We're both so happy, too. It's been a real challenge to find something to help, so even the littlest of help is invaluable. Thanks for the kind words ;)

And I'll be sure to have him send over his rates haha :P


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Nov 29, 2015 20:47 as a reply to  @ DanangMonkey's post |  #8

Thank you so much for all of that. It really is an hour by hour, minute by minute struggle for him (as well as both of us parents). He lost his ability to communicate properly, use the toilet, and so much else in 2013/2014 -- he'd just pull his pants off, look me dead in the eye, and poop on the floor -- while reverting back to goo goo gaga talk) -- it effected so much of his life. Then, after a year of photography, trying to learn a new language, mixed with his very new obsession with skateboarding in the last couple months (his first passion to truly take his mind off of worrying about his mom every minute of the day), he's finally started to catch up with some developmental gaps. Especially the emotional gaps and his responses to sensory overload. To be honest, I always overlooked the importance of creative outlets in these situations. I sort of thought they were overstated, if anything. I have learned, first hand, quite the opposite.

The holidays are a challenging time -- your words were so nice to read tonight ;)

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