So, as many of you already know, I was a teacher back before I started this photography business! I taught Elementary School art for about 4 years and I still LOVE art, teaching and kids! Like everyone else right now, I’ve been trying to find a way I can help you all and figure out what I can offer up to everyone during this crazy time. So, since photography and art and teaching are my talents, I came up with this Photo-A-Day challenge for the next two weeks! It’s a fun, educational and creative activity to keep you and your kids inspired and creating while we’re all home-bound the next few weeks. (PHOTO CHALLENGE BOARD IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST – right click and save to your photos!)
I intended this for both parents and kids (probably best for upper elementary-high school but it could be very interesting in with little ones too as long as they can at least take a photo on a phone! :)). I have a strong belief in being a historian for our children and future generations and think photos – no matter now insignificant you might think they are right now – are SO important and so valuable. I used to look at my mom’s yearbook all the time when I was little and thought it was the coolest thing ever to see her as a teenager and see what the city I grew up in was like back then. I was obsessed with looking through this huge picture book we had from LIFE magazine over the last several decades and seeing real life photos of not just important events but every day life. And of course, I could spend hours looking at our old family photos – memories of relatives that have passed and getting a quick memory of a glimpse of just our everyday playing in the backyard mean so much to me!
So don’t discount doing the same for your own family! I know we all take photos with our phones every day but this challenge is intended for you to really take those photos in a more meaningful way. These themes in the challenge are intended to inspire you to be more creative and shoot with more intention and pay more attention to “everyday” moments.
For your kiddos that are interested in photography and might want to participate, the same lesson applies. To get them started, visit websites such as the Digital Collection of the Photo Archives at the University of Louisville https://digital.library.louisville.edu and the LIFE magazine Photo Collection on Getty Images: https://www.gettyimages.com/collections/lifepicture to see examples of documentary photography. Talk about how the photos make them feel and why (what aspects of the photo make them feel that way – the light or dark quality of it, the emotions of the people, etc.) , talk about why somebody might have taken a certain photo and why it could be important.
Then go over the themes on the Photo Challenge board and briefly talk about what each one means to them. Then they can try each day to take a photo of something in their daily activity that represents that theme. Some of the themes are more abstract and require a little more thought and others, even though they seem simple (such as “Me”) can be done in a more creative manner (don’t just take a selfie for “Me” – what else can you put in the photo that represents yourself?) These themes all leave plenty of room for interpretation and just like any other form of art, there is no right answer!
I would love for you to share your photos or your own kiddos photos with me by tagging #KDPphotochallenge and tagging me @kellydillmanphoto. I would love to share some on my stories and anyone who shares their photos with me will be entered to win a $25 gift card! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!! Feel free to message me with any questions also! Happy shooting!!