I am so excited to feature my latest Day in the Life Session. If you follow me on social media, you've already seen glimpses of this incredible day I had in April, and as I started this blog post I realized this has to be broken into several stories. So this is Part One.
Let me tell you a little bit about this family. I met the S family during hurricane Irma when both our families evacuated to Georgia, to stay at our mutual friends' house. I knew immediately I wanted to do a Day in the Life Session to document a normal day for them, and I was so happy when the parents saw the value in what I do - they both appreciate photography, and documenting the sweet and the crazy in life. (And there is plenty of both in every family, and an extra dose in the larger families :-)
This family has eight children. They range in age from two to nineteen. I was so glad to document a day for them before their oldest had moved out - since I didn't manage to do that with my own family (I'm waiting for our own Day in the Life pictures from last month, but we had to do them without one of our boys - he is attending college in Virginia now.).
Mom homeschools the children (the two oldest were at work most of the day), and she teaches homeschool high school biology classes online. She is also very involved with the local homeschool community. If I may brag about this amazing woman - she has lived overseas and she speaks several languages. I'm pretty sure she is also teaching Latin to her children! She is also a doula, and photographs some of the births, too! I think there is very little she can't do.
And get this - it just so happened they were scheduled to do a fetal pig dissection for their high school biology class the day I was there! I got to to document that, which is so cool. And what is even cooler - and this is very common for homeschoolers - mom didn't just do this with her one high school biology student, as you can see from the pictures above, everyone was super interested in what was going on. Learning happens all the time! At all ages!
So some of the younger kids got a little distracted during the end of the dissection. They did some weird stuff, which always happens at every Day in the Life Session with kids. Kids do weird things. I think they are wired for that! And I am ready with my camera, haha.
The S family lives on a farm, and the children have the most magical childhood. A lot of my pictures from our day together is of the trees :-) Kids climbing, swinging or jumping from the trees. Really - a documentary photographer's dream day!!!
The images from Part One are just from the early morning. The littlest took a nap in dad's office, where dad worked from home that day.
Next up in the series is images from their backyard, which totally looks like a lifestyle portrait session or a session of environmental portraits. I kept pinching myself - this was truly 'just' an ordinary day for the S family, a Day in the Life Session where I do zero directing and where there is zero posing.
To read more about my Day in the Life Sessions, click here and here, and stay tuned for Part Two of the S family Day in the Life. In the last part I will also include a video from the day.
I have four Day in the Life Sessions available this summer - in New England and in Finland, but we can book Florida (and travel!) Day in the Life Sessions for September on. A deposit is required to secure your day. More details on my summer session availability can be found here.