everybody's waiting to go out, but you have to brush that hair first

everybody's waiting to go out, but you have to brush that hair first

Telling the story of your family ...

A “Day In The Life” session is a photo documentary of the uniqueness of your family’s life. These are portrait sessions of a different kind. They are a candid, real life storytelling photography record of the beautiful mess of your every day life. In fifty years time, you can look back on these photographs and remember the very simple things that you did together as a family; having breakfast, going for a walk, or simply hanging out in the house. These are the memories that we carry around in our heads forever, but ones we rarely have in photographs.

I am a strong believer that the beauty of your family’s life is not when you are wearing your best clothes, flashing your best smile; it’s when you are your most honest self.    

It’s when you clearly stumble around at 6am on a Sunday because your 2-year-old had a nightmare and wants pancakes… it’s adorable and you never get to record this amazing snapshot of life. And yes, I speak from experience. Essentially, ADITL sessions is the stuff you never seem to notice because it’s everyday life. The beauty of your family life are those little memories that create context and make you real. 

What it entails

A Day in the Life session can be a few hours, or it can be a full day starting with wake up and ending at bedtime. Just contact me and we’ll talk about your photography needs and what you have in mind. 

These sessions are just what they sound like: a day in your family's life (or a chunk of the day), captured just as you live it. I join your family and document the big and small moments that make up your life. And because these sessions are unscripted, you can wear whatever you want and you don't have to clean your house. You can go about your day as you normally would. The beauty of it all is that the pressure is off and the resulting images are true and real, making them all that much beautiful. There will be good moments, tender moments, hilarious moments and maybe even ugly moments, just like in normal life and it’s beautiful that way. 

 moment of peace; being the first one up in the morning

moment of peace; being the first one up in the morning

 it's baking time; daddy helps dylan

it's baking time; daddy helps dylan

Nothing to see here… too much to see here

You might think your family is boring, or that there is nothing to photograph, but that is not so. Especially if you have children, you can count on them to provide lots of material for an entertaining session. Children are known to do weird things, and they really make for the best subjects. I am just here to catch the weirdness on camera!

Even if your children don't end up doing anything strange, there is so much beauty in the mundane that we don’t notice. I will be here to record the special moments and connections between the members of your family that will be beautiful reminders for your family for generations.

Some families are concerned about the chaos of their homes. Inviting a photographer to record your life can be intimidating but for Day In The Life Documentary that is really not an issue. The photos will focus on the love and connections of family members, not on clutter or messes.

And if you do see any chaos in the images - that is real life right now, and that is what you want to remember. There is nothing better than real life. Beautiful, raw, messy real life.

 
 family photo; we're all waiting for the train

family photo; we're all waiting for the train

Letting go of portrait sessions

Many folks choose to do annual (or semi-annual) family portraits to document the growth of their family. While these portraits have value, there is often not much in these photos that says “this is who we are right now” because the emphasis is on getting everyone into position and looking at the camera. This is where Day in the Life sessions change the game.