When a toddler learns to use the iPhone camera

Cheese!! That’s what I kept hearing over and over again while Andrew was playing with my phone. I didn’t think much of it because I figured that he wouldn’t know how to work the camera or anything like that. Often he just looks at the phone and says cheese because he knows I use the camera to take pictures. No big deal…. he was just playing.

Well, guess what? I was wrong. Yup, you got it…. the toddler figured out how to open the camera app and then how to take a picture. When I looked there he was, face so close to the screen that the only pictures taken were of one eye or his forehead, taking picture after picture.

Andrew self portrait

From the grainy look of it and the fact that you can see about a quarter of his face you can guess how close he had the camera. But there is a definite smile on his adorable face.

Andrew & I

Once I figured out what he was doing I had to try and get in on the action. I thought that maybe I’d get one or two cute pictures of the two of us together. Nope… just a pic of his forehead (again) and me looking like a crazy lady.

Andrew. My favorite pic.

This one is my favorite and not only because you can see most of his face. What I love about it is how happy he looks, how it captures his pure joy, his fondness for having fun, and of course mischief. This picture captures the pure essence of Andrew. Could there be a better picture?

I’ll be honest… I did delete some but I kept a few just because they were cute and halfway decent. Most of all they’re memories that capture mere moments in time that are fun, special, and were a learning moment that made him happy.

Tell me…. have you found similar pictures on your phone or camera?

Of course it’s Wednesday and that means that I am linking up with Seven Clown Circus and Parenting by Dummies!

16 Responses to When a toddler learns to use the iPhone camera
  1. Terra Heck
    June 27, 2012 | 12:17 am

    Sometimes it’s awesome to see the spontaneous picture or to see a pic through a child’s eyes. I was going through an old camera the other day and found a bunch of pics that one of my kids must have taken. It made me smile.

    • Jackie
      June 27, 2012 | 8:26 am

      You’re right! My older kids like to play with photobooth on my mac and I like to see the pictures that they’ve taken.

  2. Kimberly
    June 27, 2012 | 1:47 am

    It amazes me how these toddlers just know how to work our phones. So far I haven’t ended up with pictures on mine like this, but they sure are cute!

    • Jackie
      June 27, 2012 | 8:25 am

      They are cute! Now I have to tell him that my phone is broke when he wants to play with it…. every once in a while I like to use it!

  3. Shell
    June 27, 2012 | 9:21 am

    My kids love to take pics with my phone! They are always…interesting. With the occasional good one thrown in.

    • Jackie
      June 27, 2012 | 11:33 am

      Mine do it with PhotoBooth too! Those are always interesting. I really like watching the videos they make… oh my! Creative kids!

  4. Melinda @ LookWhatMomFound
    June 27, 2012 | 9:24 am

    so cute, I have a whole folder of pictures that my youngest has taken with the phone and camera, they are funny to look at.

    • Jackie
      June 27, 2012 | 11:33 am

      I keep a lot of them just because they’re fun and carefree. They have so much fun doing it too!

  5. angie
    June 27, 2012 | 10:51 am

    Aren’t these some of the funnest pictures to discover?

    • Jackie
      June 27, 2012 | 11:34 am

      They really are! I never know what I’m going to find after leaving my phone laying around for them to find.

  6. Kristen
    June 27, 2012 | 10:56 am

    He definitely captured the happiness he was feeling in that last shot. I love to hand over my phone and camera to my girls. They are older now but we have been doing it for so long. I love to see what they see as picture worthy. Have fun!

    • Jackie
      June 27, 2012 | 11:34 am

      I’ll hand my phone over but never my camera…. I have DSLR and it costs way to much for the kids to play with!

  7. Caroline Murphy
    June 27, 2012 | 11:58 am

    Mine just learned the video camera and it’s hysterical! Great idea for a post!

  8. Andie
    June 27, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    That is awesome! I hope you keep these pics forever!

  9. Missy | The Literal Mom
    June 27, 2012 | 10:35 pm

    My youngest is completely obsessed with any camera. It’s funny though, she loves taking pictures, but doesn’t like having them taken of her!

  10. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    July 1, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    My kids STILL steal my phone and do things like that. They love to take ridiculous photos of themselves and then set them as their default profile pic for when they call me. I never know until they call me and then I just laugh!

    Andrew is adorable!

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