Cragmama "Not all who wander are lost…" JRR Tolkien

Cragbaby Gets a Camera!


Ok ok I know everyone is probably tired of hearing about our family’s trip out west. But it didn’t seem fair to end the trip reports without mentioning Cragbaby’s newfound perspective – behind the lens of a camera.  Even though he hadn’t seen her in months due to business travels, C certainly hadn’t forgotten his favorite climbing partner, Manuela, and he stuck to her like glue for the entire trip.  It’s a good thing that she’s a beautiful person and I don’t mind him imitating her, because he wanted to do EVERYTHING that she did – which of course included playing the role of trip photographer.  Taking pictures is not a new phenomenon for Cragbaby (in fact, being Manuela’s special assistant even made #4 on C’s Highlight Reel for 2011), but he definitely took his “skills” to a new level on this trip.  Thankfully, Manuela is as patient as she is kind – by the end of the trip, Cragbaby had perfected the art of taking turns.  

The daily script would usually go a little something like this…
Manuela gets camera out of her bag.  C takes notice, apparently from a quarter mile away with eyes in the back of his head.  
C (jumping excitedly):  “Me do dat!!!”
Mommy (a little more even keel):  “Can you ask her nicely please?”
C (this time a little more calm):  “C pease hold dat camera.”   
Manuela:  “You can take one picture, but you have to be very careful and sit with me when you do it.”
Click, click, click.
C (settling in to her lap, with no intention of moving):  “Now Mah-way-wuh’s turn!”  

One feet, two feet, C has blue feet.


Two feet, four feet….

Here come more feet!

And so it would go back and forth all day, except for the brief instances where Cragbaby was sleeping or when we told him that the camera “went night night.”   Although even C could tell that Manuela’s camera was head over heels better than ours, and certainly better than the disposable camera we’d gotten him at Devil’s Tower, he enjoyed practicing his photography skills on different cameras as well.  

The result?  A rather unique hodgepodge of images that have a few overarching themes.  Namely, feet.  As I looked through the pictures, I was amazed as I saw how disproportionate the numbers of “feet pics” he had taken, as compared to everything else.  I’m assuming it’s because C’s hands were too small and uncoordinated to actually hit the shutter button while aiming the camera in an upright position, but regardless of the reason, it gave us all a good laugh as we were combing through the pictures.  It certainly was easy to spot which photos were C’s…which in the eyes of a Mommy of course means he’s brilliant – all artistic geniuses have a distinctive style all their own, right?  

Lacing up white feet,


Ready, set, climb feet!

Once Cragbaby has better fine motor skills and is able to figure out how to operate a camera on his own, it will be really interesting to just let him go and see how he “documents” his day.  I can’t wait to have a window into the world that he sees.  Anyone else have experiences with toddlers and cameras?  


7 Responses to “Cragbaby Gets a Camera!”

  1. Eddy

    I’ve had to learn to share with Ava, my 2 year old, whenever I whip the camera out so this post really hit close to home. It is truly fun to see what ‘artist’ photos our children come out with.

    I’ve enjoyed reading about your trip out West!


  2. Cool pics! I remember my son’s first camera. It look film. He took many pictures of his fingers over the hole. And a lot of pictures of the creek.


  3. Brandy

    When my husband and I climb with our 2 kids, sometimes our 7 year old is our only hope for a photo. He takes about one picture per second so we have to encourage him to slow down a bit 🙂 On our last trip, his highlights were some great artsy photos of his own feet in his climbing shoes, very zoomed in self portraits of his smiling eyes, and a nice perspective on a rock at ground level. We enjoyed the surprises of his photos after our trip too! I just got 2 old disposable cameras developed after sitting around for years – I had completely forgotten the film developing process and how much it cost! Thankfully I was able to remove all the blurry, terrible pictures Noah had taken which saved me a few bucks 🙂


  4. Yay! Another toddler with a camera. 🙂

    J-man has had his own camera since he was 2 and he got a real digital camera for his 3rd birthday. It’s so fun to see what catches his eye and how a lot of his photos come out really good.


    • Erica

      Eddy – We’ll have to get our two budding photographers together at the crag one day and see what they can cook up. 🙂

      Justin – Hmmm…on film? I bet that got expensive!

      Brandy – at least Noah’s fast trigger finger is on a digital camera…

      Melissa – Seems like I remember reading at some point when you posted about getting J-man a camera for his bday. I’d love to know what kind it is and how its holding up!

  5. Manuela

    Aw… thank you for the kind words! I love my cute little assistant!! He’s a great helper and I can’t wait to see the pictures he’ll take once he can lift the heavy camera and aim it on his subjects! We did perfect taking turns but despite diligent hand wiping and sitting down for his turn, I ended up having to throw the camera bag and straps in the laundry… which btw went surprisingly well:).
    We’ll make sure to bring the small camera again as well – my favorite C-Cam moment was when he walked up super close to Norbert and took a picture of the logo of his pants:) So freakin’ adorable!!!


  6. I started giving my son my old point and shoot (an Olympus Tough) when he was about 18 months. Now it lives on his bookshelf and I let him decide when he wants to take pictures (usually when I am.) I love seeing his perspective!


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