When I was a new photographer and working hard to find my style, I had an idea. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say I had an epiphany. I realized that while I loved taking portraits, what I loved more was telling stories. As I was growing in my craft, I realized the images to which I had a stronger emotional connection were those of people relating, not the shots of people looking at the camera and smiling. I thought about the possibility of doing documentary style family photography but wasn’t sure it was feasible and so, while drawn to the idea, I let it slide and it quietly simmered in the back of my mind.
But over the years, my favourite shots continued to be the ones where kids were being kids – a baby in a highchair with dinner smeared in every nook and cranny, a mom cooing at her newborn as she changed a diaper, a child concentrating on their new book or an exasperated glance exchanged between parents because their kid won’t quit crying. The moments. The realness. The things I have no doubt that every parent thinks back on and smiles over, but doesn’t think (or have the time) to photograph. The beauty in the day to day that becomes so normal that it’s easy to forget how special it is and how quickly it passes.
Three years later, after oodles of shots and lots of mulling it around, I’m happy to announce that my seed of an idea has blossomed into a reality. As of today, I’m officially offering a day in the life documentary-style family photo sessions. I will show up for breakfast and stay until bedtime. The in between should be just as any other day would unfold – natural, relaxed and easy. I’ll hang out with your family and photograph you being you – whatever that entails. This includes the chaos, toys strewn everywhere, meltdowns, snuggle times, morning cartoons and afternoon strolls. I’ll collect the moments and once the kids are tucked in for the day, I’ll go home and edit your images, pulling together the story of your family. A day in your life to help you remember when little ones have grown big. A special set of photos for you to treasure and look back on and most importantly, make you smile.
I’m excited to share my first-ever day in the life below. A huge thank-you to Shannon and Ian for inviting me into their home and being my guinea pigs. A thank-you goes out to Stella, Jack and Violet too – for being so full of imagination and wonder. It was a magical day hanging out with this family and every single image makes me smile.
If you’re interested in booking a day in the life photo session, please contact me for details.