ditl: may 11, 2018

There’s something about the end of the year that makes me want to tidy up all my photography editing, narrating & printing. So, I’m revisiting our day in the life back in May & sharing some of my favorite images here. That was no easy task- I tried really hard to limit myself to a few images. (btw, I already shared our Circle Time from that morning here- go check it out!)

These images only become more special with time- I can’t believe how much Timothy has grown in the past few months! Seeing all these images reminds me why I’m tired. This season of life is crazy full- it’s wonderful but busy as we seek to pour ourselves out in loving one another & serving Christ.

If you’ve never documented a regular day, go do it! Life changes so quickly & these images help preserve those precious memories. I’m beyond grateful to Kaleen Enke for capturing our ditl!

Here’s a bit of one ordinary, glorious day of living, learning & loving one another:

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ditl: circle time

If you've been around here for any length of time, you'll know two things I'm passionate about are documentary photography & circle time (the first part of our educational day where we gather to learn together). I love capturing a whole day in the life, both for myself & for others. And while I strive to get myself in the frame, the process can be difficult. (Completely worth the effort but not easy, especially when shooting a ditl!)

Back in May, the amazing Kaleen Enke came a documented a 12-hour ditl of our family! I knew her work was amazing but I'm truly blown away with what she captured that day. I love Kaleen's sense of humor- for instance, she documented a lot of feet throughout our day. Each image she delivered is a treasure, weaving a story of our family. I'm grateful beyond words for these pictures! If you're local, you need to connect with this lady!

I thought I'd share our circle time in this post & then come back later to share the remaining parts of our day. I want you to notice a few things: 1) how much the littles do not sit & 2) the food because someone is always eating around here or at least, asking to eat. Hopefully, you also notice the love. Gathering together as we begin our day, learning alongside one another, bearing with each other... I truly believe it strengthens our family's culture, feeds our souls & educates all of us. Yep, all of that goodness!

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day in the life: october 13, 2017

Since Timothy was born, I've been feeling like I've been in a rut with my photos. That's no surprise because newborns are time consuming and so is home educating 6 children. All lovely things but it can make picking up my camera difficult. It's worth the effort & I'm never sad when I stop and focus on it though so I decided to shoot another day in the life. To be honest, at first I was disappointed when I culled my images. Disappointed by the zillion shots I missed. Disappointed by the lack of "good" shots. Disappointed I fizzled out & stopped shooting in the early evening.

Then I got thinking why I was disappointed. It's partly because I know where I want to be with my photography and many of these images do not meet that standard. But you know how you get there? Shooting lots and LOTS of photos. And I truly mean LOTS! I also think I was disappointed because I forgot that part of shooting a ditl is excepting the day as it is because I'm documenting real life with no directing. Shooting it and seeing a ditl takes acceptance. Lastly, I think I was disappointed because I did miss a lot of shots- it's just the reality of any ditl, especially if you're that mama who is nursing and home schooling. 

I had to wait to edit my photos and something magical happened. I came back with gratitude that I shot that day. Thankfulness that I captured our memories because I want to remember life as it is! And as I remembered these various moments, they made me smile. I have a feeling that my children and future generations will care less that this isn't my "best" work! So, here's me showing up and preserving our memories and learning to be content with what I can do now as I grow.

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day in the life: June 3, 2017

I've done a few mobile ditl but it's not since last April that I lugged my camera around with me to capture our day. It's definitely not for the faint of heart but I was in the midst of a photography class, so I had extra motivation. I'm really hoping I can do these ditl more regularly (maybe seasonally & print a book?) because it's such an awesome way to remember what life is like! This one was shot on a Saturday & we even got out for some shoe shopping, though you'll see Katherine thought she was on a shopping spree. Sadly, Benjamin was gone for most of the day working so you won't see him beyond the first picture.

Seeing these ordinary moments always make my heart shine!

mobile day in the life: march 29, 2017

Yesterday, I shared a mobile day in the life on Instagram. (You knew you could find me there, right?) I limited myself to posting only one picture per hour. DITL are such a rewarding experience... and a lot of work! I highly recommend you trying one! Anyone with a phone can do this. Be sure to let me know so I can follow along!  Here's what yesterday looked like:

6:51am I still do not want to be up so I'm only turning on the bare necessity of lights.

7:32am I forgot to fill out independent sheets (the children's educational assignments) last night so instead of reading I'll be doing this.

8:10am I forgot the stupid eggs yesterday. WHO forgets eggs when it's THE thing you eat for breakfast?!?!

8:44am At least I came home to older ones actually doing their lessons (Pinocchio in the corner; piano in front). Plus, they're in pretty light so it's already a better morning!

9:56am Eating again. Remember they ate breakfast late.

10:28am He says he loves Homer & Virgil. Thank you, Mrs. B!

11:45am That's POLLEN covering my porch (&every other surface outside)! Living in the South isn't always glorious.

12:54pm Sneaking before we pray.

1:12pm I stuffed my face while prepping lunch so that I could read aloud while they ate.

2:24pm Remember that pollen? It affects him the most.

3:13pm Nap time for her & me. Pregnancy is tiring!

4:50pm EHAP (everything has a pace) while I have coffee with my man, who is now working from home. I have a love/hate relationship with his dedication.

5:28pm Look who just learned how to turn off & on the lights! He moved the chair to reach it!!!

6:32pm Insert noise when you view this. Lots & lots of loud noise.

7:02pm This & then baths. Must not grow tired yet. (And just in case our day has looked too angelic & because I will always be real, know this is our first family worship all week. NOthing I'm proud of but reality.)

8:21pm Readling aloud "The Railway Children" before bed. (Out of camera view: crazy 3-year old creating messes.)

9:02pm Anyone else obsessed with this show? I mostly watch it to hear them say "oregano."

10:05pm In true pregnancy form, I can't get enough of Bubbie's pickles! At least they're good for me. I'm saying goodnight- thanks for joining me today!

evening routine with the Bailey family

So often it's hard for us mamas to get in front of the camera. Either we're too busy or (sadly) we're not happy with how we look. But our life just how it is right now is beautiful & it's worth being apart of- in real life & in images! I was thrilled to get to capture my friend & her lovely family this week! Thrilled that she embraces the idea of preserving what life is like right now. I was reminded how hard mamas work as I watched the her family's evening routine unfold! Three littles ages 4 and under makes for a lot of fun & a lot of activity. I've got a crew here but I also have lots of older children who help me. I watched Brittny manage all the hussle & bussle with joy, grace and patience- it taught this dear mama a lot! Of course, everyone was thrilled to see daddy come home & he works hard too. What special memories this family is building as they eat together, read God's Word and sing.

Thanks, Bailey's for letting me be apart of your evening! Here's just a few of the images from your gallery:

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day in the life: april 18, 2016

Last week, I shot my first day in the life (ditl) for my own family as an assignment for my Documentary Class with Jessica Thomason, which you can find offered at Clickin' Moms. (I'll be back with a full review of her class but for now I can say it is hands down the BEST thing I've done to challenge myself to grow not only as a photographer but as a storyteller. It's been amazing!) Anyway, our assignment was to capture our family for one day- no posing, no props. Just living. I picked an ordinary Monday when Eric works from home and we do a bit of lessons before heading out to piano & then returning just before dinner.

It definitely was a challenge to shoot all day- you'll see I completely fizzled out after the sun went down. :) It was a bit tricky balancing being a mama & wanting to photograph (ahem, a great reason to hire a photographer to do this thing!) plus on this day, several children were battling sickness. But I pushed through. (This was definitely a reflection of regular life!)

I love seeing our ordinary. I KNOW I'll especially love seeing these in the years to come!  The ordinary isn't always exciting but it's beautiful because it's where God often meets us- teaching us to love Him & each other as we go about living & learning. It's beautiful because the ordinary is filled with these precious souls that bring smiles to my face, along with the tears & frowns. I'm excited to do another ditl soon!

If you made it to the end, thank you! :)