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a year of photos taken by a toddler

Even before becoming a blogger I have always been obsessed with photography and hardly ever go a day without taking a picture on at least one device so the fact that Sebastian became obsessed too was not a shock. Children learn by copying, what they see you do they want to emulate so craft, DIY, gardening, cooking and of course photography are all high on his agenda. The thought of letting him hold my very expensive and very heavy DSLR was not an option so from around 15 months I let him use my Diana Lomo camera. It is plastic, even the lens is plastic so far easier for him to handle. The results were actually really impressive and I will share them I just need to get round to scanning in the negatives.

After a while his thirst for taking images was getting too expensive for film so I looked around at kiddo cameras and came away unimpressed. I managed to find a decent point and shoot on Amazon marketplace for £30 and bought it. I let him roam free with it and neglectfully I never really checked what images he was taking until last week when I downloaded all of the images onto my laptop and the results are actually quite amazing. I am wondering if I should get them printed into a photobook for him, what do you think?

There are selfies of course, even reflections of himself Vivian Maier style. I loved seeing how our home and world looks from his perspective. There are a number of shots of adults talking that make you feel like a toddler again when you see them. I also love some of the shots he took of me pregnant and even the towels in a pile the day his baby brother was born in the living room.

So here is a year in the life from the point of view of a short toddler (I have picked my favourites there are in fact over 700 images).










February 16, 2018
March 7, 2018



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    Jade Bremner

    February 28, 2018

    As such a great idea to give him his own camera my son uses my phone when I let him but I think maybe a cheap camera would be better as he has had disposal ones in the past. You should definitely get some printed out or even sent up and email account and email them over.

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    Emily Leary, A Mummy Too

    February 28, 2018

    These photos are so cute. Little Sebastian clearly takes after his mum in his love of photography and it obviously wasn't just a short lived whim!

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    Joanna Davis

    February 28, 2018

    I think that it was a great idea to give him a camera and let him express himself. I can see that he developed a passion for photography and he will probably go more and more into it once he grows older.

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    February 28, 2018

    I Love this post!!! Its so great seeing things in there little perspective from down on the ground. My daughter has just started to try and take pictures too

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    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    February 28, 2018

    He is still going…

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    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    February 28, 2018

    I hope so maybe he can use the darkroom when he is older

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    Joanna Victoria -x

    February 28, 2018

    Aww what a great idea I definitely should do this with my son. It would be great to see what he captures. There are definitely great photos here from your little one.

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    THINK Mag

    February 28, 2018

    Gosh, he's really taken quite a few photos! It's a privilege to see the fruits of his labour and to have a glance into the lives of others. Thank you for sharing such an intimate post 🙂

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    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    February 28, 2018

    Tip ofvthe iceberg there was over 700!

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    March 1, 2018

    These are so sweet, I love his view of the world!

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    Charli B

    March 1, 2018

    I absolutely love this post, it's so nice to see life from the perspective of a child x

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    Dominique Picot

    March 1, 2018

    I love this! Sooooo cute, really does make you feel like a toddler!!! Xx

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    Rhian Westbury

    March 1, 2018

    These are so sweet and it's nice he has his own camera. I do think it would be really nice to print a photobook so you can look back on them x

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    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    March 1, 2018

    I agree I really need to get more photos from existing just on a screen. I think it will be nice for him to access them whenever

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    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    March 1, 2018

    I know or super short! Especially the ones with groups of grown ups or behind the shopping trolley made me feel tiny

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    Kate Williams

    March 1, 2018

    Oh I love this! At 4 and 7 my kids are just about to use my DSLR under supervision now but it does still make me nervous, I think I ought to get them a point and shoot too.

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    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    March 1, 2018

    Do it I was so pleased to see them I had no idea I would love them so much

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    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    March 1, 2018

    you should by the time you have paid to get the disposables developed every time it will work out. The one we found was £30

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    Tantrums To Smiles

    March 1, 2018

    I love this and what an amazing idea! My son loves taking photos too and I can't believe I haven't thought of getting him a little camera too! I would love to see the world through his eyes through his pictures!

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    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    March 2, 2018

    When I am photographing recipes he runs to do it too with his camera it is too cute

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    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    March 2, 2018

    I think you should it was such a joy when I finally looked at these

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    Helen at Casa Costello

    March 2, 2018

    I love the different viewpoint from when he takes the picture from his lower height. How lovely that he took photographs during your scan. What a great way to involve him.

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    Dannii Martin

    March 2, 2018

    Haha – this is such a great idea. I might have to try this with my daughter when she gets a bit older

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    Harriet from Toby & Roo

    March 2, 2018

    Ahhh what a cool idea, some of these a pretty good too! H 🙂

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    March 2, 2018

    Oh my goodness this is adorable! Sebastian is definitely a budding photographer, I love the photo of his shadow and seeing the world from his height. Getting them all in to a photobook is a lovely idea.

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    Kara Guppy

    March 3, 2018

    I love doing posts like this. My phone is full of hundreds of selfies and funny faces

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    Laura Ferry

    March 5, 2018

    Aw what a budding photographer! I think it would be lovely to see how the photos progress in years to come too! xxx

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    lisa prince

    March 6, 2018

    what a great idea i have a few little ones who wander round with their ipads in the house and take sneaky snaps they're hilarious some of them