I hope you’re ready for a lot of photos. I mean, a lot more than I usually include in blog posts.
I just finished my first Day in the Life project as part of my studies of The Documentary Approach. It was both fun and challenging. My biggest challenge was stepping back and forth between my roles as mother and photographer. I was also recording my life for that day as it was, and my life doesn’t always happen in the best lighting. My life is also often messy, as a mother of 3 small children. I didn’t touch or disturb anything before pressing the shutter button. And so, this is a true glimpse into life right now. We don’t always go play putt putt golf or ride bumper boats, but we do often do activities together on weekend afternoons. So that segment of my Day in the Life photos is symbolic of that.
What I loved about this project is that it will be a reminder to my future self of what life is like right now. It’ll also be a sort of time capsule for my children and grandchildren. It’ll also hopefully help them realize that sometimes life is messy, and that’s ok. As can be seen from these photos, my house isn’t always spotless, my daughter sometimes chooses her own clothes (to my dismay), her braid comes loose and she won’t let me fix it, and well, I could go on. It’s easy to hide on those kind of days, and not let the world see our life in that light. But this is reality!
I think I’ll make it a goal to do this twice a year if possible. I’ll definitely do it once a year at a minimum.
So on this particularly weekend day, we lounged in bed in the morning, the kids played in the baskets full of laundry that never seems to be fully caught up (very typical), we spent a few hours having fun outdoors, and then we came home and helped Liam with his homework before everyone went to bed. 🙂
It was a great day!