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What is the best way to get a nine-year-old girl interested in photography?

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up vote 10 down vote accepted

Give her a camera?

That's all I had to do with mine. :)

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Completely true with both my neices. – John Cavan Mar 29 '12 at 3:19
+1, since that's what did the trick for me when I was a seven year old boy :) – j-g-faustus Mar 29 '12 at 3:21
That's how I got interested in photography. – J. Walker Mar 30 '12 at 15:23
I'm surprised I'm marking your 12 word answer correct, but when I think about it, that is basically the correct answer. – J. Walker Mar 30 '12 at 15:29

Easy way: tell her not to touch your camera :) That should do it.

But seriously, I would take pictures of things that interest her. Family pets. Favorite toys. My kids didn't show much interest until I took pictures of the dog and macro shots of lego, then they begged me to let them try.

I also did some fun composites in photoshop like the hippo head on a parakeet below, and that got them intested in playing around with editing.

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Sweet mother of nature, that one gave me a heart attack! – fahad.hasan Mar 29 '12 at 6:26
+1 looks legit :P. I'm interested in this now so I'm sure a kid will be :) – fluf Mar 29 '12 at 6:30
@fahad.hasan hahahah me too – Jana s Jul 15 at 11:47

Experience from my daughter:

She was at first more interested in video, filming herself or with her friends.

Then pictures: also taking pictures of herself, maybe a bit produced (she is 11). Then she uploads them to a website and edits them (mostly colors) and adds "virtual stickers" to the picture. Also taking lots of pictures of our dog. This would be the closest to portrait photography.

But most important, is hard to force into someone else one's desires.

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