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    My little one just turned 3 last week. He can tire out groups of people at once, but he is entertaining at times. I, too, get very frustrated at not being able to go out when I want rather than on the schedule of the house. I'm thinking of starting to take him out in the woods with me (and likely no camera at first) this summer. I don't have any answers, but I can sympathize!

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    It's all worth it. My other hobby is amateur radio astronomy and I basically gave it up when my daughter was born.... maybe I'll get back to it when I retire. Meanwhile, priorities! My daughter is 11 now and she's interested enough in photography that she'll go with me or at least put up with me! We spent the whole day today driving over to the central valley to look at some Sandhill Cranes and because there was a tree I wanted to photograph. Yes it's exhausting but enjoy it... the last 10 years sure went by fast!!

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    When I was 7 my Dad took me camping for the first time, made me carry my own backpack with sleeping bag and supplies, about half way up I asked if he could carry the pillow I brought as I had been overzealous about what I "needed" so he took that but made me hike with the pack. We made it, it was probably 2 miles up, I've been there since as an adult it took me 1 hour but as a kid it felt like all day. Point is, even young kids can do it they just have to be taught early to carry their own weight then they can come with you so, just 2-3 more years and you're golden

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    Now is the time to take on the mantle of documentary photographer. Record all of the special moments that will only happen once in a lifetime. I'm glad I did. The albums are full of the memories I can scarcely remember now that they are grown and have families of their own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    26 years after what - having a kid, or the vascectomy?
    Just judging from my own parents' experience. i.e. I didn't move out until I was twenty six!


    Steve.

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    Even more important is to take this opportunity to stretch and improve one's photography. Not just document because that is all one has time to do, but to push one's envelope. Everyone take photos of their kids...but what else can one do with the subject matter?

    When my three boys had yet learn to crawl and I had them to take care of by myself from get-up to go-to-sleep, I manipulated SX-70 images of the boys in between bottle-feeding 3 infants every couple of hours (not to mention diaper changes!) -- I had no time for darkroom work. Eventually I could use my small camera (Rolleiflex) until I could start using the 8x10.

    What do you do when life hands you lemons, and you don't have any sugar? You just pucker up and enjoy it!
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneNYC View Post
    When I was 7 my Dad took me camping for the first time, made me carry my own backpack with sleeping bag and supplies, [snip] even young kids can do it they just have to be taught early to carry their own weight then they can come with you
    I have memories of being dragged across the Derbyshire moors in cold, wet, windy weather getting soaked to the skin.... Now that I'm a little older, it is payback time - Took mother backpacking in to Yosemite and went up Half Dome via Tenaya Lake, Sunrise, Merced & Little Yosemite. Each time I heard the immortal whine of "Are we nearly there yet ?", I would reply with "Once you've been to the top of Half Dome, you can have an icecream.."


    Be nice to your children, for they get to choose your retirement home


    Oh, and a 70+ granny on top of Half Dome on finding out there is no icecream kiosk there, not fun.

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    Kids - nobody told me it would be this hard...on me or my photography trips!

    Quote Originally Posted by paul_c5x4 View Post
    I have memories of being dragged across the Derbyshire moors in cold, wet, windy weather getting soaked to the skin.... Now that I'm a little older, it is payback time - Took mother backpacking in to Yosemite and went up Half Dome via Tenaya Lake, Sunrise, Merced & Little Yosemite. Each time I heard the immortal whine of "Are we nearly there yet ?", I would reply with "Once you've been to the top of Half Dome, you can have an icecream.."


    Be nice to your children, for they get to choose your retirement home


    Oh, and a 70+ granny on top of Half Dome on finding out there is no icecream kiosk there, not fun.



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    Kids - nobody told me it would be this hard...on me or my photography trips!

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    Just judging from my own parents' experience. i.e. I didn't move out until I was twenty six!


    Steve.
    If the economy is anything like now it might be even older...

    Moved out at 23 when I bought a 2 family house as an investment, failed and moved back at 28 and still there at 30...


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    My kids simply became my main photographic subject! I'm sure you'll find your path as a parent and photographer even if at times it feels that the photography is on the back burner for awhile.

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