Life is busy! RIGHT? If you are anything like me you always have a to do list. Sometimes I accomplish a task that wasn’t on my list and go back and add it just so I can cross it off. Don’t act like you haven’t done that before too! We all like to feel accomplished. I’m guessing most of us want to be remembered too. That got me thinking…what do I want to remember? How are my kids going to remember childhood and the role I played in it?
My kids are growing up so fast, too fast, and I want to remember these times. I want to remember the typical days, the little things that bring joy, grow our bond and shape who we are. I want to remember their favorite things at each stage of development. I want them to remember the smile on my face just because I enjoy watching them do life. I want them to remember my silliness, snuggles and genuine happiness because I was blessed enough to be their Mommy. I want them to remember quality times rather than tasks to cross off a to do list.
The funny thing is, that’s usually not what I photograph. Generally sessions are staged (possibly forced) or because of a big event or holiday. They are that “everyone look and smile and pretend it wasn’t totally stressful getting the whole family ready." Or "forget you were just shouting or bribing or saying whatever “if…then…” statement to get everyone to cooperate.” Picture day is often new outfits, perfect hair and a slightly unrealistic representation of who we are. THAT’S TOTALLY OK! It looks good on the wall. It is a fabulous document of that time in our lives and I will continue to do it every year. However, those images are likely not going to evoke the sentiment of day to day life or the memories of being family.
On my website I comment that “photographs are memories frozen in time” and that “I want my images to ignite your senses.” I do my best at each session to capture personality, lots of candids and special traits of my clients, but that isn’t always possible at a staged session. And, that’s exactly why I am now offering “Day in the Life” photography.
A couple months ago I posted on facebook and asked you to show me your kitchens. The kitchen is the center of my house, a place to gather, share about our days, do projects, think through homework, have conversations of correction and expectation. We love to bake, cook, and paint. My husband will usually blast the music Saturday mornings and do silly dances with the girls while I roll my eyes and smile. My kitchen, pictured below, is where we are “family” most.
For you it might be a different room, a lake house, your backyard. Wherever it is, I want to capture you in it, as you are, with those you love most.
Meet Laura and Evelyn.
I am so thankful they welcomed me to their home and let me be a part of a typical day.
Let me take you on a walk through their day as an example of what your Day in the Life Session could look like…
Not much prep goes into a Day in the Life Session. Pick a day. Pick a time. Let me in so I can do my thing while you do yours.
Because Laura was helping me wrap my brain around these new sessions she wanted things to be perfect, asked if I had a vision or wanted to do something specific. I mentioned baking. She doesn’t bake so she suggested making smoothies. They have smoothies every morning, so that is exactly what we incorporated into the session.
Clean the house…don’t clean the house. This type of session is meant to be an honest representation of who you are.
Pick outfits that fit the plan for the day. No need to go shopping…unless you want to :)
Have a few ideas of your favorite daily activities that we could choose from. You could even add in a dreaded task. I think it would be totally hilarious to capture the whines and winces my girls make when I brush their hair in the morning.
Laura must be less cynical than me! She chose books, smoothies, make-up and wanted me to capture how she is a rockstar work-at-home-mom. There happened to be blocks on her fireplace so we ended up playing with those too.
My role is to capture your day, tell your story and put it to print. Although I will keep things moving and tell you when I have enough captures of a specific activity, it is my goal to stay unnoticed so there is real and genuine interaction between your family members. I will give an occasional direction, or call out someone’s name to get some eye contact, but for the most part I will do my thing quietly and not distract you from what you are doing.
WHAT YOU GET:
GALLERY & FILES:
Galleries will have at least 40 images, but if I need more to tell the complete story of your day then you will get more.
They will be edited in both color and black and white. Unless I am directed otherwise, the black & white edits will be in a matte finish because, in my opinion, this editing style best captures a story telling feel. These files are yours to keep and will be delivered with a digital download and print release.
As you have read, it is my desire to tell the story of your day. No one is going to put all 40+ images on their wall and I don’t want your storytelling to be incomplete. I also don’t want these special captures to be stuck in an online gallery for no one to see. So, these sessions come with a beautiful, handcrafted, hard-cover album. Albums are an 8 1/2 x 11 inches. They contain 20 lay-flat, extra thick pages displaying your day. Additional albums can be purchased at a discounted price should you want to gift one to someone else.
Sessions are generally 1-2 hours long depending on what you would like me to capture. If you plan on baking I definitely need to be around for when you get to dig in!
A Day in the Life Session investment is: $690
I came to this price by charging my typical 1 hour session fee ($395) as well as my standard album fee ($295). I did not add on any additional fees for extra time or images. Just for this month (and even in time for Mother's Day) I am offering an introductory special on Day in the Life Sessions. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a contact form to set up your session!