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Traveling with our children

Posted By Claire H On September 6, 2008 @ 9:00 am In Travel | 5 Comments

My name is Claire Houlding and I am a hobby photographer and photo-booker [1] on Shutterfly. Ever since I can remember I have enjoyed traveling and taking photos of everything. I have a husband and two young sons, so time has become limited, but where there is a will there is always a way.

Before children we traveled a lot, fearing that this would come to an end once our family started growing, but instead we just adapted our travels to include the kids. And, of course, kids make wonderful subjects for photos, for instance, my son feeding the ducks in the Boston Commons:

Traveling with children makes for many unplanned, spontaneous moments. I was about 8 months pregnant with our second child when we traveled to New York and came across a couple of NYPD police officers sitting on their motorbikes. Our son’s eyes were glued to them.  Not only did the officers smile for the camera, one of them even got off his motorbike and placed my son in the driver’s seat. A memory that would have been lost to us, had we traveled without children.

Children, in my opinion, can add so much innocence and unaffectedness to a shot – more so than adults. This is not to say that all photos need people in them, but here and there is great. This shot taken in the Redwood Forests in California is special because of the little wanderer with his leaf.

Your travel photography need not grind to a screeching halt because of children. Give them their own camera if they are old enough … and the unique perspectives you’ll see coming from them are sometimes amazingly creative.

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