As a matter of principle, I believe it is essential to practice what you preach. For two years now, I have been promoting and selling our day-in-the-life sessions. The interesting thing however, is that I never actually took the time to do one myself. So, to solve that, I decided that it was time for me and my family to do one as well. There is no need in selling a product that I myself have not invested in. With that said, here is my day in the life session.
I reached out to a photographer friend of mine, Eva from Dulles Photography, For our session, my family and I were going to decorate our Christmas tree and later, have some close friends over to decorate gingerbread houses. I have to tell you, it was completely different on the other side of the camera. I was a lot of fun, but there are some things that I learned as a client that has definitely helped shaped how I approach sessions from now on.
The first thing is comfortability. During the session, I was reminded of the anxiety one feels when pretending that the camera isn’t there, while the camera is steady snapping away and making sure you are staging yourself for great photos. This is particularly challenging when you have 2 suspicious children. My 8-month old handled it beautifully, given that she smiles at everything, but every so often, my oldest daughter would be distracted by the photographer. “Mommy, who is that?” “Mommy, what is she doing” “Mommy, she has your camera.” Or, if it wasn’t her curiosity, it was her charisma. This part was hilarious. While my husband and I were trying to act as candidly as possible, my daughter who is supposed to be helping to hang ornaments, would see the camera and immediately strike a pose. Us: “Natalie, hang the ornament baby”…Her: “Cheeeeesssseee” (blindly reaching the ornament out to the tree but missing it altogether). She was adorably frustrating.
Second, I learned that it imperative that everyone relaxes. Life is tough enough, but photo sessions should be easy. Once we relaxed, we were able to forget that the photographer was even there and had the best time. Day-in-the-life sessions are by far, the best thing a photographer can offer. After a quick break, and a nap for the babies, my friends had come over. Chaos ensued. We had all types of candy. We had Kit Kats, M&Ms, Sour Patch Candies, Sweedish Fish, Peppermints, Christmas-colored Nerds, Dots, Frosting to tie it all together, and of course the gingerbread houses. Once we were all gathered together, to get everyone involved, we had a gingerbread decorating contest. There chocolate doors, licorice walkways, Sweedish Fish window shutters, and more. Unfortunately for me however, I quickly learned that a fun time decorating gingerbread houses meant sugar highs for the children. I don’t think they calmed down for the next hour and a half, but I’ll tell you this; we had some amazing shots. Even now as I look at them, I know I will treasure them for a long time.
That is what I want for you. As you look at my pictures from my day-in-the-life session, think about what experience you would like to remember. Think through the quality of the photos. Imagine how awesome it would be if someone else was capturing your entire day. Afterwards, give us a call and let us help you finalize your vision and capture your experience in a professional way. Days may come and go, but experiences can last a lifetime through professional imagery. We at Dee Jestene Photography would love to help you do that. Take care.