Through the Lens

Family Field Trip to the White House

by , posted on April 2nd, 2012 in Arts & Crafts, Creativity




Last month, we took a trip into DC. While there, we thought we’d stroll past the White House. Now, Dave has walked by it countless times, but the kids and I had never seen it in real life. I know! I’d been to DC so many times and yet had never seen it. I felt so deprived.

On our way to there, we stopped by a CVS to pick up a camera for our son. He was the only one who wasn’t properly equipped for such a touristy destination. I’ve mentioned before how much I love the idea of giving kids cameras. It’s incredible to see what they capture. This time, however, I thought it’d be interesting to see photos from parents vs. kids.

This spring break (or summer if the kids are already back in school), give this photo project a try: take the family somewhere, give them all cameras and see what everyone captures.

For our project, I paired images with each photographer’s response to three questions. Let’s begin…

         

Camera: Cannon 5D Mark II

What did you think when you saw the White House?

My thoughts immediately went to the cloak and dagger stuff I read in novels. What secrets lie beyond those walls? How many snipers are on the roof looking at me through their scope? You know, the healthy thoughts of a non-paranoid like that…

What do you remember most from our visit?

As a photographer AND a father, being there with my kids while they shot photo after photo was special. I’ve never been the kind of dad who wants his kids to follow in his footsteps. But that doesn’t mean the idea doesn’t please me to no end.

What did you try to capture through your lens?

The greatest compliment I ever got about my photos was about a series I shot on vacation with my family. A visitor to my site said he could tell I was, “a very happy man who loves his family very much.” I couldn’t agree with that statement more. I look at them through the lens and when I feel that inevitable tingle in my chest, I release the shutter and try to freeze time. The best photos of my family are ones that make me remember how I felt when I took it. So seeing the photo is like looking at a memory. I’m always trying to capture that.

       

       

Camera: Diana

What did you think when you saw the White House?

It was bigger than I thought it would be. I also thought it was cool that there were people on the roof to protect it.

What do you remember most from our visit?

I remember it was really cold and I had to wear a jacket.

What did you try to capture through your lens?

Action shots. I like photos that are blurry, but not too blurry.

       

       

Camera: Kodak Fun Saver

What did you think when you saw the White House?

It was way smaller than I thought it would be. And it wasn’t where I thought it would be either. I thought it’d be more downtown.

What do you remember most from our visit?

I remember the license plate game we played on our way there.

What did you try to capture through your lens?

I like sneak attacks. It was funny when I got you two on your phones.

       

Camera: iphone

What did you think when you saw the White House?

That it was lovely and full of history and that I’d never EVER want to live there.

What do you remember most from our visit?

How much we laughed. I also realize how ridiculous we must have looked to everyone snapping away like we were and not caring at all what they thought. We were there to have a moment and we were having it!

What did you try to capture through your lens?

Personally, I like photos that either tell a story or are just surreal enough that it makes you want to craft a story around them (like the one up there of Dave and the kids playing statue). Life can be quite serious, so I try to capture moments that aren’t.


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3 Responses to “Through the Lens”

  1. Sandra Says:

    April 3rd, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Great idea – the girl needs to graduate from her Fisher Price digital camera to something more. Using my iPhone or the man’s BB is not enough!

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  2. Maribel Reyes Says:

    April 3rd, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I love taking pictures and so do our kids. I think this is a fantastic idea specially for the older kids (5+ ) when they can take marvelous pictures! I’ve seen some amazing ones from kids as young as 3! :)

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  3. Traveling with Kids | Washington DC Says:

    January 3rd, 2014 at 6:25 pm

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