To be able to capture this moment in time means so much and I would love everyone to have the chance to have photos like this. I love this family so much, and by the end of my morning with them, I was kind of ready to move in. This is just one of many sessions I’ve done with them and it’s such an honour to see the family grow. Scroll down to see their photos – but if you’re curious about Day in the Life sessions, stick with me.
What is a ‘Day in the Life’ session?
I’m always met with curiosity and excitement when I tell people about them. First of all, I should say that for me these sessions are usually from two to four hours, so they don’t always have to be for a full day.
These sessions are about freezing time.
So often when you have children you’re told to ‘make the most of it because before you know they’ll be all grown up’. I know it’s true. I know I feel sad sometimes when I see how fast time is flying by and I feel like I’m too busy or stressed or tired to really, truly appreciate it. But change doesn’t have to be something to fear. We change. Relationships change. But that isn’t a bad thing.
I want to give families priceless memories to treasure to help them remember this stage of their lives – whether the family is young, or all grown up. It’s all about capturing who you are at this moment in time, rather than what you look like. The little baby curls, the chubby little fingers, the way they twist your hair when they’re tired, the dirty coffee cups – because, honestly you wouldn’t get through the day without it, the mess, the chaos, the beauty of it all.
You don’t have to have a home that looks like it’s straight from the pages of a design magazine. There is beauty in every person, every family and every home. I want to capture it.
I have so much fun on these sessions. I hang out with the family, just as I would if I was visiting friends. I interact with everyone quite a lot and spend a lot of time chatting to the kids. Why? Partly because that’s just the way I am. I love people and would explode if I didn’t get to just be myself. But mostly because…
…can you imagine how creepy it would be to have a stranger silently following you around taking photos the whole time?
I seem to quickly become part of the decor, and I can see everyone start to relax and almost forget about the camera.
These sessions suit everyone. You don’t need to perform. You just need to be yourselves. Enjoy each other’s company and just be. I often suggest some activities that can be good to do on one of these sessions if people want something to do. Watch this space for some tips.
Isn’t there always one person in the family who always takes the photos and is never in them? The best part about these sessions is that everyone can get in the picture. A lot of my clients would also like some traditional, looking into the camera photos of the family together either to put on the wall or give away to grandparents and other relatives. I often squeeze in a few photos like this at the start, and then we move on to just hanging out.
These sessions tell a story, so they look amazing in an album.
Digital negatives are great to be able to archive your photos or to make prints to give away, but they have their limits. Especially for kids, nothing beats being able to snuggle up and flick through a photo album. I’m in the process of ordering beautiful new sample albums so I can’t wait to show off all the possibilities soon. Besides beautiful big albums, I also have smaller gift albums that are perfect to give away to grandparents. They love them!