Hey there dads, I want to share one very simple thing that has helped me become more involved in my kids lives. Make more photographs.
That’s it! Seriously, I started taking photography more seriously a few years ago, and it’s opened a number of opportunities for me as a dad. But you don’t have to be an amateur photog for this to work. It started off with me wanting to be able to take better photos of the family. But eventually I wanted to take great photos of them in great places. And that lead to us planning more unique and fun activities with the kids.
So I’ll encourage you to consider picking up the camera you probably already have, and learning how to use all its features. Just get the manual out, and play around with it a bit. Maybe head out into the backyard and photograph the kids playing, just to tes it all out.
When you’re ready for the next step, I can’t recommend the Digital Photography School enough! It’s not as scary as it sounds, it’s basically a professional blog geared towards helping you improve your photo skills. In fact, a recent ebook published by dPS, called Click: How to Take Gorgeous Photos of Your Kids would really hit the spot!
Confession: I’m pushing this ebook on you because I’m an affiliate. Don’t sweat it though, the content really is that good! I’d say that content in one form or another from dPS has been one of the primary influences in my own growth as a photographer over the past half decade.