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What to do when you don’t know what to do for your session!

That was a mouthful, right?

Earlier this month while I was spending time in the PNW, a friend asked what my clients chose what to do for their Day in the Life session.  Then she said it.  “I don’t have any idea what we would do for a full day session like that.”

Let me just interject here and say I get ideas for what to write in blog posts and how to alter my client guides in random conversation ALL THE TIME.  So I quickly wrote down the title of this blog post on my phone and then started answering her question.  Admittedly I know her a lot better than I would know a brand new or prospective client, but really the idea is the same.  If you want to see her adorable almost 7-year old make me pancakes click here.

THIS is the process for how we *plan* your Day-in-the-Life, moment-driven session.

You fill out a questionnaire.  I guarantee the questions will get you thinking about all your favorite everyday moments and planning a session in your head, but if they don’t a conversation with me will.

We talk.  No I really mean that, whether it is in an email, on the phone, or in Facetime/SKYPE we need to have a conversation so I can get to know a little bit about you.

Let the day unfold naturally.  The plan is just a starting place, the session will be what happens during the day.  We might go to two different parks because the day of the session happened to be FULL of sun in Portland.  If it happens to be 70 degrees in December when we were expecting to cut down a Christmas tree, we improvise.  Honestly, it is my job to show you just how amazingly beautiful your ordinary day is.

Each family is unique.  While you might realize one of your OWN daily activities is worth documenting after you see it in one of my films, like a trip to Target, let’s not plan your entire day based on someone else’s day.  It just won’t be as authentic and honest as documenting your story.  You can read all about my most popular 5 ideas for a short documentary family session.  The bonus of a Day in the Life is we can do these and more!

Want to know more about a Day in the Life session?  Read all about the experience and figure out if you want one of your very own.

Awesomely Real Moments

If you can't imagine what it's like to have a Day in the Life session, check out the films below.  Then if you want to start planning YOUR day, holler at me.

Not everyone wants their everyday, guaranteed-to-make-you-cry-happy-tears moments documented. But if you treasure those memories, let's chat. I'll bet you love it so much you'll come back for seconds.

photos + video = awesome