If you know me in real life (or even if you simply follow me on social media), I’m sure you’ve noticed that we are NOT home bodies. I get super restless and the kids get… well, insane. And while some may beg to differ, there are only so many times you can hit up Target so many times in a week before you begin to feel a little ridiculous. Of course we do parks, playgrounds, and play dates like they’re going out of style, but it’s nice to switch it up every once in a while.
This weekend we ventured out a little farther than normal and decided to check out Shutter Bugs, a children’s art and photography studio in South Austin. While they host classes and camps for kiddos of all ages (4 all the way through teens), every Sunday from 9:00-1:00 they hold an open studio. We got there towards the end of the session and were lucky enough to have the whole place to ourselves!
We got to hang out with the owner, Jon, who showed us the ropes and led the kiddos through a ton of activities and mini-lessons. From painting using various techniques to still-life photography to making their own custom bookmarks– this place had them happy as could be.
The best part? Jon was SO patient with the kids and so welcoming to us as the parents. He taught McKenna how to hold a camera, how to line up her subject, and even how to adjust where she was standing to correct the lighting. She was so proud of herself! And as a parent, isn’t that the best?