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8 Reasons Why Every New Parent Needs to Learn Photography

Candid portrait photo of my son Nikita

As a dad with a 5-year-old son, Nikita, I know firsthand how quickly childhood moments fly by. Nikita is the reason I picked up a camera in the first place. I didn’t want to rely solely on professional photo sessions to capture his milestones; I wanted to be part of that process myself.

If you’re a new parent, you might be wondering if learning photography is worth the effort. In this article, I’ll share 8 compelling reasons why I firmly believe mastering the basics of photography is a must for every new parent.

Here’s Why New Parents Should Embrace Photography

#1. Capturing Authentic Moments

Let me tell you, there’s nothing quite like the joy of capturing your child’s genuine laughter or the spark in their eyes when they discover something new. With my son Nikita, those moments are golden. 

Now, imagine depending on a professional photographer to capture these instances—you’d either run out of money or opportunities. The authenticity that comes with daily life simply can’t be replicated in a studio setting.

Baby boy playing with a toy phone
Shot with Sony A7III & Sony FE 35mm F1.8 lens. Settings: ISO 1000, f/1.8, 1/160sec.

Learning photography has enabled me to create hundreds and hundreds of high-quality photos of my son Nikita and our family. These aren’t just snapshots taken with an iPhone; these are moments frozen in time, capturing a wide array of emotions and milestones that are truly priceless. Remember, you’re not just snapping a photo—you’re capturing a piece of history, your family’s history.

Imagine how amazing it would be to have hundreds of high-quality photos from your own childhood. Wouldn’t you love to go through those photos, seeing yourself grow and evolve over the years? 

Well, now you have the chance to give your child that priceless gift. With a camera in hand and some basic photography skills, you can document your child’s life, providing a visual narrative that will be cherished for generations.

#2. Creative Freedom

There’s immense satisfaction in being able to fully express your creative vision, especially when it comes to something as personal as family photos. I’ve always wanted to control how the scenes unfold, choosing my own angles, backgrounds, and lighting conditions. The manual mode on my camera gave me that creative freedom.

Portrait phot of my son Nikita at a playground
Shot with Sony 7C & Sony 24-70 2.8 G Master II lens. Settings: ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/1600sec.

My friends and social media followers often praise the unique style that comes through in my photos. This style became even more diverse as I explored other genres like travel and commercial photography.

Example: Consider those classic baby-in-a-basket photos; they’re cute but also a bit cliché. With a grasp of photography basics, you can go beyond the usual and create unique compositions. Here’s an example of such a photo that I recently took as Nikita played with his toy plane in the park:

Photo of a child playing with a toy plane
Shot with Sony 7C & Sony 24-70 2.8 G Master II lens. Settings: ISO 320, f/2.8, 1/125sec.

By learning and practicing photography, you’ll have the opportunity to express your creativity and capture stunning photos of your child. Believe me, these photos are priceless.

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#3. Bonding With Your Child Through the Lens

Photography doesn’t just freeze moments in time; it also actively brings families closer. Ever since I became confident with my camera, I’ve started planning activities and experiences tailored not just for fun, but also for capturing these moments. 

Our family dynamic transformed: we began to travel more and spend more time doing outdoor activities like cycling and picnics. Essentially, my passion for photography sparked a greater enthusiasm for shared family experiences.

Two portrait photos of my son Nikita. Child portrait photography.
Shot with Fujifilm X100V. Settings: Left: ISO: 500, f/2.8, 1/160sec. Right: ISO 200, f/4.0, 1/250sec.

Personal Insight: What started as a desire to capture high-quality images of Nikita evolved into a catalyst for family bonding. When you’re always on the lookout for the perfect shot, you inadvertently find yourself in the most picturesque locations, doing the most engaging activities. And what could be more fulfilling than combining the joy of family time with the satisfaction of capturing it perfectly through your lens?

Think about it—when was the last time your family spent quality time outdoors? How many of those moments do you actually remember? Photography encourages not just the capturing but also the creation of memorable experiences. And the best part? The more you get into photography, the more you’ll find yourself planning for these precious family times.

Portrait photo of my son Nikita sitting on the bench in a yellow shirt. Portrait photo of a baby.
Shot with Sony A7III & TAMRON 28-75mm. Settings: ISO 80, f/3.5, 1/125sec.

#4. Learning Photography Isn’t as Difficult as You Think

Before Nikita was born, my knowledge of photography was pretty limited. Sure, I snapped photos with my iPhone and had some understanding of color psychology and composition due to my background in digital marketing. However, using a camera in Manual mode was entirely foreign to me. Despite this, my journey into the world of photography wasn’t a difficult one.

When I decided to plunge into photography, I dedicated myself to learning the basics. Within a week or two, I got a good grasp of key settings like ISO, aperture, and shutter speed

Once I had that foundation, I started experimenting. I took my camera everywhere, capturing images indoors and outdoors, in natural light and artificial lighting. 

And guess what? Within a month or two, I was capturing pretty decent photos and knew exactly what I was doing. I learned how to adjust settings on the fly to suit the environment I was in.

Portrait photo of a small baby on a wooden floor with a reflection in the window
Shot with Sony A7III & Sony FE 35mm F1.4 ZA. Settings: ISO 1000, f/1.8, 1/125sec.

If I could get the hang of photography that quickly, so can you. The initial learning curve might look intimidating, but in reality, it’s manageable. The trick is to not just understand the theory but also to practice, practice, practice. The more you shoot, the quicker you’ll learn.

#5. Emotional Impact of Photography

Photography has a unique way of distilling the essence of a moment into a tangible form. Whether it’s a candid shot of your child laughing or a carefully composed portrait, each photo serves as an emotional landmark in the ever-shifting landscape of your family’s life.

Nikita, like any child, has an array of expressions and moods that are nothing short of fascinating. Capturing these on camera—whether it’s a big laugh or a contemplative look—creates a timeline of his emotional development. It’s not just about remembering what he looked like at a certain age, but also capturing the full spectrum of his personality.

Portrait photo of a child eating ice cream and laughing.
Shot with Sony 7C & Sony 24-70 2.8 G Master II lens. Settings: ISO 320, f/2.8, 1/160sec.

When you capture these kinds of photos, you’re not just documenting physical growth; you’re documenting emotional and psychological development. Imagine your child looking back on these photos, being able to see not just their physical changes but also their emotional journey. That’s a powerful gift to give.

#6. Mental Health Benefits

Many people don’t realize the therapeutic power photography holds until they dive into it. I’ve even written an article about The Benefits of Photography on Mental Health on this blog. Beyond the joy of capturing beautiful images, photography has numerous mental health benefits that are often overlooked.

For me, photography is a way to slow down in today’s hyper-paced world. When I go for a walk with my Fujifilm X100V, my iPhone goes into my pocket, and my focus shifts entirely to the world around me. I become immersed in looking for interesting backdrops, lighting patterns, and opportunities to capture something meaningful. It’s a form of mindfulness that helps reduce stress and enhances my well-being.

Black and white portrait photo of a kid.
Shot with Fujifilm X100V. Settings: ISO 200, f/2.0, 1/800sec.

In addition, when I’m fully concentrated on the creative process, my mind finds a unique clarity. I’ve often found solutions to various professional challenges in digital marketing and web development during these moments of creative immersion.

#7. Uncover the Beauty in Everyday Life

My photography journey has trained my eyes to see the beauty in daily life, something that has significantly enriched my experience as a parent. My wife Alina is often amazed at how I pick up small details, especially those involving our son Nikita. 

For instance, the way sunlight filters through his hair during a casual walk or how his eyes light up when he spots a butterfly—these are moments I would never want to miss. And it’s not just about capturing these details but also about being present in those moments with him.

Portrait photo of a child
Shot with Sony A7III & Sony FE 35mm F1.8. Settings: ISO 640, f/8.0, 1/250sec.

#8. Skills That Extend Beyond Family Photos

Learning to photograph my son Nikita didn’t just make me a better photographer; it changed the trajectory of both my life and my wife Alina’s. 

After teaching Alina the basics, she fell so in love with photography that she turned it into a profession, specializing in product photography. You can check out her fantastic work on her website: www.alinakareva.lv.

A professional photo of a men's watch for an e-commerce store.
A photo of the watch taken by my wife Alina Kareva

As for me, my journey into photography led to the creation of this very blog, OhMyCamera. Had I not picked up that camera to capture Nikita’s life, none of this would have been possible.

The skills you learn from child photography are more than just transferable; they’re transformative. Whether it’s turning a hobby into a fulfilling career, like my wife did, or enriching your family life, the possibilities are endless.

So, picking up that camera does more than just improve your family photos. It sets you—and potentially your family—on a journey that can enrich your lives in unexpected and rewarding ways.

In Conclusion

Learning photography isn’t just about capturing moments; it’s about making them, enriching your life, and potentially even transforming your career. 

As you’ve seen from my own journey, learning how to photograph my son Nikita led me not just to countless cherished memories but also to new life paths for both me and my wife. It resulted in this blog, OhMyCamera, where I get to share my passion and knowledge with you, and it even kick-started a new career for my wife, Alina Kareva.

From the simple joy of capturing your child’s everyday moments to the potential of unlocking new professional opportunities, the benefits of learning photography as a new parent are vast and varied. Whether it’s the emotional impact, the skills you gain, or the doors that open as a result, there’s a whole world waiting for you to explore through your lens.

So, why wait? Pick up that camera and start capturing the beauty, emotion, and extraordinary moments that make up your family’s life. Who knows where this journey will take you?

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Aleksandrs Karevs

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Hi, my name is Aleksandrs and I am a full-stack digital marketer passionate about digital photography. In my free time, I enjoy taking photos with my everyday companion – FUJIFILM X100V. Read full story here.

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Hi, my name is Aleksandr and I am a full-stack digital marketer from Riga, Latvia. In 2018 I became obsessed with photography and decided to create this blog to share my knowledge about both photography and marketing. In my free time, I enjoy taking photos with my everyday companion – FUJIFILM X100V.

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Hi, my name is Aleksandr and I am a full-stack digital marketer from Riga, Latvia. In 2018 I became obsessed with photography and decided to create this blog to share my knowledge about both photography and marketing. In my free time, I enjoy taking photos with my everyday companion – FUJIFILM X100V.

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