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


3 Answers 3


Give her a camera?

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

  • \$\begingroup\$ Completely true with both my neices. \$\endgroup\$
    – Joanne C
    Commented Mar 29, 2012 at 3:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ +1, since that's what did the trick for me when I was a seven year old boy :) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 29, 2012 at 3:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ That's how I got interested in photography. \$\endgroup\$
    – J. Walker
    Commented Mar 30, 2012 at 15:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm surprised I'm marking your 12 word answer correct, but when I think about it, that is basically the correct answer. \$\endgroup\$
    – J. Walker
    Commented Mar 30, 2012 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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  • \$\begingroup\$ Sweet mother of nature, that one gave me a heart attack! \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 29, 2012 at 6:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ +1 looks legit :P. I'm interested in this now so I'm sure a kid will be :) \$\endgroup\$
    – fluf
    Commented Mar 29, 2012 at 6:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ @fahad.hasan hahahah me too \$\endgroup\$
    – Janardan S
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 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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