This is not your average family photo session. Every family has their own unique story so let's take a day to tell yours. Totally unposed and perfectly unscripted.
Think about how quickly your kids grow and learn and change. When you stop and think about your daily life, what are some of the moments you never want to forget? The way your little one crawls into your lap when they wake up from a nap? The sweet face he/she makes when they concentrate? The way their hair stands straight up no matter what you do to tame it. Or maybe it's the way your spouse always gives you a little shoulder squeeze whenever they pass by...
I am here to tell you that those moments MATTER. Those moments are exactly the reason everyone should have a Day in the Life Session. It is a slice of life, preserved, exactly as it was. Do this year after year, filling your shelves with albums, monuments to your family and the sweetness of daily life. These will heirlooms you pass down to your kids to remind them just how loved they have always been.
1. Sounds awesome! But what is it?
Just as it sounds, this session is literally a day in YOUR life! I arrive before the kids wake up and capture the whole day (the good, the bad, and everything in between). If you want to go to the park, I'm there! If you need to take a trip to the grocery store/market, I'll tag along! Family snuggles and coffee are a must and even time-outs, grocery store runs, and monopoly can make for some great memories. There are so many special moments that happen in every single day that, at the time, may seem insignificant - but in reality, the are just as much a part of your family's story as the big moments.
2. What should we do all day?
At least some of the day should be a "normal" day for your family. But you can also definitely schedule a special activity too! Want to go to the zoo? Family beach day? Visit with the grandparents?
3. What should we wear?
I'm guessing that you can probably guess what I'm going to say... just a normal, everyday outfit! No need to match.
4. When do you actually come over?
If you are local to Lancaster, PA I will show up roughly 15-30 minutes before you expect the kids to wake up. If I am traveling to you, I can either arrive the day before to spend some time with your family and stay the night or I can book a hotel room and arrive the typical 30 minutes prior to wake up.
5. How should we prepare for this session?
Get out the coffee maker! (Lol... but seriously, I will definitely need coffee! If you do not own a coffee maker, no worries, I'll bring a thermos!)
I will be eating with you, so if you are pre-planning your meals make sure to account for an extra belly to feed. Also, let your kids know the day before that a friend will be coming over to take pictures!
6. What if the kids don't cooperate?
No need to worry! So far, I have a 100% approval rating with all the kids I have had the chance to spend the day with. I love meeting new friends of any age - most likely, you're kids will ask me if I can come back tomorrow :)
7. Will we get any formal family photos?
Nope! The whole point of this session is to capture your daily life - exactly as you are. If we planned on taking formal photos, your routine would be disrupted (putting on make up, getting everyone dressed in outfits that you have pre-planned, driving the whole family to the park to find the perfect spot for the photos… you get my drift). I promise you, you will be so happy that we didn’t spend the day stressing about that and instead are focused on the moments that matter! I also know that you may still want some traditional photos to send to the grandparents so I do offer some add-ons to the DITL sessions to make that more possible - plus, that means we’ll get to see each twice in one year! Reunion!
8. How long till we get our images?
We'll schedule a reveal session either in my studio or in your home (or online if not local) 4-8 weeks after your session. You'll view your images, put together the album, and leave with a very happy heart.
9. I'm ready to book how do I sign up?
Awesome! Fill out the contact form below and you'll hear from me within 24 hours. I'll answer any questions you have, we'll pick a date and I'll send you an invoice for a $250 deposit to secure the day.
Add on Family Portraits
30 minute family session portrait
to be used within 12 months.
All sessions outside of a 60 mile radius of Lancaster, PA subject to reasonable travel fees.
Half Day in the Life
(up to 4 hrs)
Layflat Album with first 20 pages
Digital Images sized for social media
Full Day in the Life
(Wake up through bedtime routines)
Layflat Album with first 40 pages
Digital Images sized for social media
10% off next year's session