Posts Tagged ‘day in the life’

03.17.17

It was a very cold January day for Dallas, TX. I had just travelled from Portland, OR back to my old stompin’ grounds (Dallas) to document this sweet family’s day. We had only spoken on the phone a hand full of times before meeting each other early that morning.  A little fact about Lorilei is she LOVES Christmas decor, which she leaves up for a couple months after Christmas (hence all the decorations). Their sweet son, Killian, had actually slept in later than usual that morning so we got to capture him waking, which is always fun. “Hey kid! Here’s a giant camera in your face! Wake up!”  He wasn’t really phased, though.  In fact, he liked the camera!  It’s so nice how the family tends to forget I’m there within a couple hours of stalking them with my camera. Everyone relaxes and I’m able to capture very REAL moments and emotions.

We started the morning by cooking breakfast in their home after Killian helped his dad retrieve the morning paper. Tory is apparently the cook and Lorilei made her daily smoothie, followed by some crafts at the kitchen table, and exploring some water beads in a giant tub of water before venturing out of the house.  Killian usually has a full schedule of fun activities throughout the week and since mom and dad took the day off from lawyering we all got to accompany him to his activities. We started with a nice lunch out then, attended his sports lessons class (which was inside b/c of the cold), followed by private indoor swim lessons. The kid can swim the length of an  olympic pool. Better than me. And he’s FOUR. Quite impressive.  Apparently his dad has been taking him to this pool to swim since he was 6 months old and he took to it really well.

We ran an errand on the way back to their house to pick up a sink/plumbing part for their master bathroom that Killian would help dad repair. Dad prepped dinner while mom and Killian built a gingerbread house.  We enjoyed a nice Italian dinner and they indulged in s’mores in the backyard for dessert.  Afterwards, Killian and his dad worked on a Star Wars Lego project (doing legos is their “thing”) before heading to bedtime routine. They’re geniuses and have a reclining couch IN Killian’s room so they get super comfy during bedtime book reading. Each parent takes their turn reading books before bedtime prayers are said and goodnight kisses are given.

One thing I really enjoy about these storytelling sessions is that I get to learn the nitty gritty details of people’s stories. I get to learn their joys and their struggles.  How they discipline their children. How they reward their children.  They’re favorite foods and the little mannerisms that their kiddos have- but may only stick around for another few months. I get to see who does most of the cooking and what bedtime routines look like. I get to see how the kids adore their parents and the sweet affectionate touches and looks the parents give each other throughout the day. I see how they help balance the load of parenting.  I LEARN from these families. These are the memories worth preserving!

It was such a pleasure and joy serving this family with a full Day in the Life Storytelling Session!  It wasn’t but a couple weeks after their session, one of their sweet 15 year old dogs passed away.  I’m so glad they have these videos and pictures to remember her as a part of their family.

Here’s a quick 1 minute clip of their day (see full version below):

FULL Fusion Video:

Here are some of my favorite images:

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06.29.16

Here’s the final of a 3 part blog series for the Day in the Life Storytelling Session for the Terry Family… You can check out Part 1 HERE (fusion videos & still images) and Part 2 HERE (still images).

This part of the blog series chronicles once dad returned home from work (we shot on a weekday) and they enjoyed some fun time with the industrial bubble machine + Taylor Swift, a taco dinner, a walk to the neighborhood gelato place, and bath/bedtime routines. It’s so insightful for me to document these special moments for other families. I always learn so much from them and count it a blessing to witness the love they share in these intimate fleeting moments. 136-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 137-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 138-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 139-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 140-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 141-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 142-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 143-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 144-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 145-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 146-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 147-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 148-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 149-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 150-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 151-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 152-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 153-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 154-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 155-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 156-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 157-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 158-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 159-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 160-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 161-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 162-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 163-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 164-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 165-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 166-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 167-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 168-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 169-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 170-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 171-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 172-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 173-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 174-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 175-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 176-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 177-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 178-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 179-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 180-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 181-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 182-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 183-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 184-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 185-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 186-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 187-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 188-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 189-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 190-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 191-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 192-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 193-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_Storyboard 194-_2016_05_Terry_DayinLife_StoryboardTHEY MADE IT TO THE END OF THE DAY!

 

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06.28.16

Here’s part 2 of 3 (since there’s a ton of images).  You can check out Part I HERE, which includes the fusion videos and pre-nap morning activities in still photos.  Here are some favorites from midday activities in their 12 hour Day in the Life Storytelling photo session. What a beautiful family!

They were still kinda potty training little S and she’d show up with her little “potty” for a rewards at the most hilarious times. I’ve also never seen someone SO thrilled to finger paint. She immediately dropped her clothes, yipped/clapped/danced in a circle, and headed to the table expectant for fun finger painting activities to ensue. J is such a sweet little boy. He was great at counting, memorizing, organizing his cars/dinosaurs, etc..  The two kiddos played well together. They could tumble around and be rough and then also have such sweet gentle moments together. J is a pretty good big brother to S.  It’s amazing how S resembles me as a child in looks and attitude. :)

J got some one-on-one time with momma while S napped. They played monopoly, cars, dinosaurs, read his Bible memory verse book together (which she designed & sent me a copy and I had printed for Brady!), they baked a tie-dyed cake, checked the mail and did some laundry chores together.

PART 2 OF 3

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