My second Day in the Life Session was in Florida, in the spring of 2016. I made it to family C’s home early in the morning. Dad had already woken up and left for work, but I got to photograph mom waking up both girls. And I stayed there until the girls went to bed at night.
These few pictures are just a small sampling of what each family sees. After a Day in the Life Session the family will see a smaller Story Gallery where I pick my favorite 100 images, and hand edit them, and make a movie out of these images. I will also make a larger gallery that has all edited images from the day, anywhere from 300 to 500 or more, depending on the family and activities.
As I join your family for the day, I’m not trying to be a fly on the wall - I’m there to participate in all your activities (so I can document all you do). I have a questionnaire I send out so I can come prepared with a bathing suit and waterproofing gear if water play is involved.
But at the same time, I’m not pressing my shutter button at all times - there are quieter times in the day, and I might visit with one of the family members - or even take a break. As a documentary storyteller I take pictures that I believe will represent your day, and pictures I believe you would want to have.
And every Day in the Life Session I come from, I truly feel like I have made new friends - for life.
Sometimes I feel like I’m a little in your face to get the picture - but it’s not like that all day. And if you need some time to regroup, or if you usually like to lay down for a little while during the day, you can still do all that. I usually leave rooms with closed doors alone (unless I have a feeling there is a moment to document - little children particularly do their most creative work in quiet).
And we talk about nudity - what you are comfortable with. I do not ever post any nudity on my social media - unless we mutually decide to post an image (and it would only be partially in nude).
My goal is to serve your family, and since each family is different, we talk about in what way I can serve your family best.
It might feel a little strange to have me take pictures of you when you’re out running errands. But since I join you as a friend, we rarely get asked why I’m taking pictures. I think it’s really special to have these images as a part of your day. Besides, grocery stores in particular make great backdrops for pictures! I even did one Documentary Session at Costco with a mom and five kids!
I am personally drawn to moments of joy, love and happiness, but also naughtiness and bad attitudes. I love making images that show parents working hard at parenting, and show how tiring and endless some moments (phases) seem. I want to make images that show authentic emotion and real every day life.