I have had the pleasure of photographing this family since Lexie was about 9 months old. In that time I’ve helped welcome Edith to the fold and I’ve seen the family grow together and they’ve become friends. I think I’ve photographed them about 5 times now over the years and I think I’m safe to say that I’ve earned the accolade of being their ‘go-to family photographer’. They’re even going back through their previous sessions with me to pick out some new images to have printed for a family photo wall.
I sincerely love getting to document a family’s growth. Lexie no longer an inquisitive 9-month-old but a curious, fun, sometimes contemplative gorgeous big girl, while Edith who I first met as a newborn is blossoming into a beautiful serious and thoughtful toddler. Jenny and Mark have grown into their role as parents with grace and humour.
When Jenny contacted me to book a regular update session with me, I mentioned my upcoming Day in the Life sessions and she was eager to try it out instead of one of my usual signature sessions. “Oh that’s perfect for people like us who don’t like having our photos taken!”
As it turned out on the day Lexie was not very much in the mood for smiling for the camera so a Day in the Life session was indeed the perfect solution. And once she knew she didn’t have to ‘perform’ for the camera, smile or even look at the camera, she was a much happier and went about her morning playing.
We started the session with some playing in their lovely play room at home before heading out to the green opposite for some scooting and pram pushing. Bed jumping and playing in the bathroom was next. I think my favourite images are the girls jumping about on the bed in Lexie’s room before mum and dad decided to join in the fun. Then it was time to prepare lunch and everyone mucked in – even Phoebe the dog eagerly awaited the culinary delights being rustled up. The girls are so cheeky they couldn’t resist playing a little bit of peek-a-boo under the table while they waited for lunch to be served.
Lunch served and devoured, I left the family to the dishes!
The beauty of a Day in the Life session is the relaxed nature. Jenny confirmed it was entirely stress free leaving them to just enjoy their family time as they would usually safe in the knowledge they’d have a stunning record of these simple moments that usually go undocumented.For me it’s an honour to be party to that intimate window on their family and to truly see the relationships, the gestures, the personality traits shine through. It’s raw, it’s real, it’s true – nothing faked, nothing posed, nothing missed.
Every Day in the Life session comes with a stunning coffee table photo book from your session and a USB of your full edited gallery of images.