Tips For Families With Young Children Dipnetting On The Kenai River - Kenai Family Photographer
Last year I spent some time walking on the beach and found a couple of families to photograph for fun. It’s interesting how people react differently to cameras. Some immediately clam up and refuse to be photographed. Others are perfectly comfortable with ignoring me. But most of the time it’s children who are good with ignoring the camera, and adults who freeze!
Luckily this fun family was good with me photographing them. I had a blast chasing the kids around on the beach, I was trying to tell the story of what it’s like for kids.
Here are a few tips for dipnetting with children:
Bring toys! Most children are not big enough to carry dipnets or stay focused on helping. So, bring some sand toys for them to play with.
Bring snacks. Fishing all day is exhausting, and most meltdowns can be averted when there is plenty of food to go around.
Have the children dress in layers. The weather can change drastically within a few minutes. It has changed from sunny, to overcast and rainy before. Having them wear layers, and having a blanket will also help you avert a meltdown.
Bring a camera or hire a professional photographer at least one time to document this family tradition. You wont regret it!