Shoot From the Kid - Hand over your camera!


There’s this old adage that children see things unlike adults do, that they view the world on a completely different level. Lomographer and proud father dirklancer decides to take on an experiment and gather empirical evidence that proves this theory once and for all.

“Let me have my camera daddy!”

ndroo shared his cameras x offspring adventures with us a few weeks ago, so I thought I’d share the dirklancer family version of it.

Here’s my twist on Lomography Rule #4
Instead of “Try the shot from the hip”, which I think is sometimes used by those control freaks who think they are “letting go”, I suggest “Try the shot from the kid”. That’s right. I said “shot from the kid” You choose the camera, you choose the film, then hand it over. Let go. Free yourself. (I prefer to use children that I co-produced; it keeps me out of trouble with the law.)

I’m not saying this is “art”, there’s nothing particularly beautiful about the images they create, and I don’t think they are trying to communicate some difficult concept…yet. My kids are nearly 4, and 6 (and a half!), minidirklancer is the only kid in his school who knows how to load 35mm, I’m sure. And littlemissdirklancer is catching on to the fact that Daddy’s cameras don’t show the picture on the back. I see this exercise as a educational activity, and I have a bit of hope that I am helping to foster yet another generation of analogue lovers.

I always carry multiple cameras wherever I go. My wife thinks I carry too many, but I usually think I’ve forgotten one or two that I should have brought along, so I’m never without a little beauty that I’m willing to hand over to some eager young hands. Usually a reloaded disposable of some kind or another (and occasionally a more precious and expensive toy when I’m feeling brave).

I have been attempting to catagorize the types of pictures that the kids take, and I’ve come up with the following groupings so far:

The back seat of the car

Credits: dirklancer

Fingers (although I get this myself too often).

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Artsy low angles.

Credits: dirklancer

Pictures of each other (they won’t sit nice for me, and they’re worse for each other!).

Credits: dirklancer

Pictures of each other taking pictures of each other.

Credits: dirklancer

Accidental self portraits (is this thing on?).

Credits: dirklancer

Pictures of you.

Credits: dirklancer

The occasional still life of their favorite possessions.

Rubber boots and a water pistol, by minidirklancer

But my favorite of all of the “Shoot from the Kid” phenomena are the series of multiple shots of the same thing, such as this fascinating firepit:

Credits: dirklancer

Are you about to take a group picture with one grown up missing because you have no tripod? Change it up a bit – have one of the kids do it!

Family Portraits at the Fountain Paint Pot Trail, by littlemissdirklancer

I also love to take pictures of the offspring with my cameras.

Simultaneous portraits with the LC-A race camera and its friends, by dirklancer and minidirklancer

What kind of wonderful images do you get when you hand over the camera to your little one? Try it out yourself!

written by dirklancer on 2010-06-22 #lifestyle #family #tipster #roadtrip #dirklancer #shoot-from-the-hip #rule-4 #lc-a #minidirklancer #littlemissdirklancer #spiderman-disposable-camera #land-104 #the-rules #shoot-from-the-kid #analugue-lifestyle


  1. ndroo
    ndroo ·


    Super duper cool!

  2. nural
    nural ·

    some of their shots are a lot better than mine lol thats so cool!!

  3. basterda
    basterda ·

    This article literally made me smile.
    I'ma try this with my nieces and nephews!

  4. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·


  5. nicolas_noir
    nicolas_noir ·

    These pictures are really good! Much better than some "grown ups" who post on here!

    "I always carry multiple cameras wherever I go. My wife thinks I carry too many, but I usually think I’ve forgotten one or two that I should have brought along"

    Know that feeling very well!

    My kids baffled me the other day when I took a photo with a film camera and said "Show me!" - the only digicam I really use is my camera phone, film is the norm really. I've trusted them a couple of times with my cameras, but they had their own action sampler type camera, but it got broke then dropped in the sandpit :-(

  6. myloveletter
    myloveletter ·

    my kids, 7 and 11 were early lomographers, too. the 11 year old just recently started her own lomo page. @loloswan! lots of fun. great article!

  7. matslap
    matslap ·

    A few friends and I are going to a street fair at the beach today and I asked if one of them wanted to bring her daughter along. I'm hoping she does so I can hand over one of my cameras. Always interesting to see what catches a kids attention.

    Thanks for the post!

  8. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    great!! love it! I had once this kind of experience with a Holga camera i put in the hands from my nieces and nephew, the results were very cool! See my album called Holga Kids :)

  9. ak47lomogurl
    ak47lomogurl ·

    ahhhh so cute! ill try this one too :) I have a nephew whom ill visit next month in USA. he has a nintendo ds with a camera and hes been taking so many pictures of his mom and my mom while they get dressed hahaha. i wanna see if hell like analogue too! i was supposed to wait till hes 10 or something but i guess ill try now, while hes only 3 1/2!

  10. tallgrrlrocks
    tallgrrlrocks ·

    this is one my most FAVORITE Lomo magazine articles ever :)

  11. warning
    warning ·

    GREAT article! hahaha

  12. bensozia
    bensozia ·

    Brilliant idea! It reminded me of this project in Calcutta:

  13. ipdegirl
    ipdegirl ·

    I'm laughing so hard right now, Jeff. I love giving my kids a crazy camera or two to take with them while on our little excursions. My two girls have surprised me with their POV and framing--some of their shots are really good! I love your 'categories' of pics things take. SO TRUE!!!

  14. ilovemydiana
    ilovemydiana ·

    i've done this before, it is always a hoot.

  15. zoe191
    zoe191 ·

    My little nephew and niece uses my camera a few times. It's fun to see them get excited about it even though they cannot see the image right away. I think they like the act of taking a picture. I just feel sad now that I don't let them experience that anymore. I should let them shoot again. Thanks for sharing this article.

  16. mgf
    mgf ·

    woooow great article

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