The Five-Year-Old takes pictures

Cozy behind a curtain. “I snuck up on him,” said The Five-Year-Old proudly. (Image: The Five-Year-Old.)

For Christmas this year, The Five-Year-Old got a Fisher-Price Kid-Tough See Yourself Camera. She’s been working diligently on her photography and video skills ever since.

We uploaded her latest crop of photos over the weekend, and I thought I’d take some time out to share a few with you. These gems were scattered in among dozens of shots of our floor in various stages of disarray and what The Five-Year-Old calls “action shots” (photos taken while The Five-Year-Old runs rapidly toward her subject).

Another one of Cozy in his favorite spot. (Image: The Five-Year-Old)

Honestly, these are so gorgeous I have a hard time believing The Five-Year-Old took them. But since the shot before the Cozy series on the camera is of my office chair and the ones after are of the inside of Cozy’s litter box (no I won’t post those), I guess she must have.

Two more. I know The Five-Year-Old took these because I watched her do it.

Flowers in a neighbor’s yard. (Image: The Five-Year-Old)

Daddyo taking a picture of The Five-Year-Old’s birthday cake. (Image: The Five-Year-Old)

The Five-Year-Old: “Mommyo, you left out my favorite picture!”

Oh. Better fix that.

(Image: The Five-Year-Old)

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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5 Responses to The Five-Year-Old takes pictures

  1. tirane93 says:

    TFYO really caught the sense of pride (from being the best balloon at the party) and smug satisfaction (from losing all that girth!) on the balloon’s face. She’s clearly a talented portraitist.


    • Shala Howell says:

      Hah! This was our compromise. B wanted to keep the deflated balloon forever among her treasures, but I wanted to preserve the space in our house for items that I consider to be of higher value. This particular conflict happens alot. So we have started taking pictures of things — cuttings from 5YO art, deflated balloons, and stray plastic parts to toys that have long since been forgotten — before they fall victim to the periodic Mommyo Cleaning Cyclone. I think by asking me to include this picture in the gallery The 5YO is trying to tell me that I haven’t been forgiven for throwing away her balloon just yet.


  2. I think you have a budding photographer on your hands. Cozy is adorable, and the flowers are amazing. I dabble in photography and it’s a wonderful hobby with the digital cameras now…. Just wait till she gets older. Who knows what other spectacular things she’ll take pictures of. 🙂
    As per recording things you need to eliminate from the house by taking a picture, excellent. I use that method for saving articles and pictures I see in magazines so I don’t have so much paperwork hiding in piles.


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