give the kid a camera
Every so often I give Jackson the reigns and let him take a few pictures. This is partly because he has shown a genuine interest in photography, and partly (okay, mostly) because he takes modeling instruction better if he knows why I’m asking him to stand still and put his arms in that ridiculous position. He’s still too young to understand the way aperture, shutter speed, and ISO work together, but he certainly knows the basics: frame the subject, focus the lens, close the shutter. And honestly, he mimics me with alarming accuracy. So likewise, I mimic him.
Jack: “Okay, please put your head down a little, look a little to the left.”
Me: “When are we gonna be done?”
Jack: “Just a few more. Look into my lens, and think about your favorite ice cream.”
Me: “If I make a good picture will you give me ice cream?”
Jack: “Um, I don’t think so.”
Me: “Okay, I’m done.”