One of the activities I’m doing with my photography students this month is a “day in the life” challenge. The very best thing you can do for your photography is pick up your camera and SHOOT. Practice, practice, practice. It really IS that simple. And what better practice than your own messy, beautiful, wild, perfect life?

My own personal shooting falls off a cliff during the rush of the fall, so I was eager to jump in on this challenge. There are many ways to do a “day in the life” challenge. If you’re super organized, you can set a timer and take a picture every hour of whatever you’re doing at that moment. I am *not* super organized, and I wouldn’t want to miss fun stuff that happens between timers, so I just kept my camera next to me throughout the day, no matter where I was, and took photos each time the kids transitioned to a new activity.

So here is our “day in a life”–from day break to bedtime. Enjoy!

 

My morning view. This does not get old.

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My kids wake up around 6:15 a.m. They sit quietly in their rooms and read until it’s time to come out. This isn’t posed or exaggerated. IT IS THE BEST.

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NOT THE BEST: No privacy. Ever. Yes. I totally brought my camera into the bathroom with me. Because I KNEW.

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They usually only get screens on weekend mornings, but a snow delay is a special occasion!

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Moving to a new activity while sister takes a turn on the Kindle. He LOVES the drawing app on the OSMO system. I have to admit, it’s pretty amazing! We’ve all used it. I’m roughly as good as the kids. 😉

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Begging sister to marry him when they’re older. I did make him hold this pose while I got it on camera because HOW CUTE?!

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Getting hyped for the day! Dance party in our jammies!

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Outside for a little before-school snow play! It’s mornings like this that make me so dang happy to live here, y’all. How cool is it that they get to play in SNOW before school?!

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lifestyle new hampshire natural light

lifestyle new hampshire natural light

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Phew! Kiddos off to school, now I get a couple of hours to work. Today’s task: beginning an inventory of my personal library. I LOVE books. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE them. I’m so dang glad that I took a few minutes that day to document my lovelies.

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Next up! After coaching my daughter’s DI team and picking my son up from school, we hit Target for our daily “we absolutely have to have ____ item!”

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Dinner shenanigans. OMG, these two crazies make me laugh so much. I am *almost* too embarrassed to admit we were having a burping contest. 😀

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Bath time! Otherwise known as “let’s see if we can make the water splash over the top of the bath doors” time. 😉

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And we end the day the way we start it: books in hand. They are fiercely protective of their reading time. They take after their momma. 😉

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The perfect book for this one, I tell you.

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A little light reading. 😉

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And there you have it! A peek into what a pretty common day around here looks like. Lots of books, lots of laughs, lots of fun!

I HIGHLY recommend “day in the life” challenges if you want more practice in your own photography! It’s good practice for the technical side of photography, but it’s also good getting a fresh look at the absolute delight that is commonplace in your own life. That’s the best part of lifestyle photography. You don’t have to clean. You don’t have to pose. You just have to see the beauty that is already there.

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