A Day In the Life {volume 1}

For a long while now, I’ve wanted to document “a day in the life”, a popular photographic challenge that I’ve seen so many ladies on Clickinmoms do so well. I used to put it off thinking, maybe on I’ll do it on a day when the house is clean, or on a day when I have plans to do something really creative and educational that will make me look like Super Mom! I mean, obviously I can’t take pictures of what we really do. It’s not amazing enough right? I mean, it’s just… boring.

I recently participated in a CM Breakout Session by Erika Ray entitled Let’s Get Real: An Honest Approach to Photography. And, wow. Just… I mean, wow! Erika’s message resonated so much with me; it was like someone was finally saying what I knew to be true but couldn’t say out loud. In photography, one of the things you learn early on is to remove clutter and distractions from your images. That looks “snapshotty” and unprofessional. But there were so many times when I would clone and heal the story and emotion right out of my images until they felt sterile and lifeless to me. It was almost like I felt the need to sanitize my photos to make them into something I thought would be accepted by others as looking ideal. But Erika said something that completely sums up why I love photography in the first place – she said (I’m quoting loosely because I can’t remember word for word) “I shoot to remember. I shoot what I’m going to want to see when I’m really, really old.”

What do you want to remember when you’re really old? When your house is back to it’s pre-toddler tidiness. When you’ve donated the scratched up coffee table to Goodwill and replaced the threadbare sofa with something a little more Pinterest worthy. When your children are grown and have kids of their own, you will want to remember the way they fed their breakfast to the family dog and how they always had to not only sing “Hot Diggity Dog” but perform the dance moves too. Every single time.

You may not think so now, but you will forget the little things. How much happiness a cold diet coke and a couple pieces of dark chocolate could bring after you finally got your toddler down for her afternoon nap. That surge of energy knowing you had one hour (give or take) to do whatever you wanted (as soon as you half way clean the living room that was destroyed earlier).

You will want to remember the routines of your life. The things that seem unimportant – not worthy of being photographed because, after all, they happen everyday. But everyday things change just a little until enough time passes and you realize all those little things were actually big things. More important than your big family vacation, more important than birthday parties, more important than all those “special events” that seem like good excuses to pull out the good camera.

It’s a little work to drag out the camera and take it everywhere. You feel a little like a weirdo taking pictures in the aisle at Publix. You feel a lot like a weirdo asking the Starbucks barista if she can just hold it right there while you snap a picture for your blog. But really, it won’t matter what they thought in 30 years. And I promise, it’s worth it. 🙂

26 comments
  • Amber Michele Shankland - So sweet! Told you it would be lovely! Love the dime!! <3 AND now I want a diet coke.ReplyCancel

  • Amber Poucher Rabon - This so beautiful! You have inspired me. When TJ was a baby I tried to take pictures every day, but now, not so much. I love that Isla loves Winnie the Pooh! He was always my favorite. I decorated TJ’s baby room ALL POOH! I’ll have to send Isla some things. She doesn’t have enough yet! 😉ReplyCancel

    • jessicathomason - Aww thanks Amber! I loved Winnie the Pooh too <3 I'll bet TJ's room was adorable! If I had known how crazy for Pooh she would be I probably would have done her room in Pooh! Hehehe :) She can never get enough Pooh stuff let me tell you!! She would love any Pooh treasures you'd like to share :)ReplyCancel

  • Erika Ray Photography - It’s so good! And so happy. I loved each and every image! Plus I shared it on my FB page… That’s how much a dug it!ReplyCancel

  • Jaimi L - This is such an important message. Beautiful depiction of your day! I’m so glad you talked me in to getting Erika’s break out. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Krista Lynn Resnick - loved this jessica-i took erika’s BO as well and I devoured it-twice. great job capturing your everyday-you have a beautiful life!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Yurs - Found this through Erika Ray Photography….SO GOOD! Love the photo of your little one giggling on the bed next to the window. Beautiful real life!ReplyCancel

  • jess lewis - found you through erika, too.
    these are beautiful! i love the peek of your girl reading in the car. a great visual diary of your day!ReplyCancel

  • Whittle Pics Photography - Just lovely. Thank you for sharing these.ReplyCancel

  • LaShawn - I love these! So beautiful! i’ve been inspired by Erika’s breakout too! I can’t wait to put it all together! I want to remember EVERYTHING. Even the messes.ReplyCancel

  • andrea - just beautiful!
    i saw these featured on Erika’s FB page.
    a lovely capture of your day. 🙂
    and that barista Liza was so nice to pose nicely for the photo. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Agata Cicha - Oh Jessica, I will never get enough of your amazing pictures. Thank you for sharing! I can open my computer and there I’m in your gallery…ReplyCancel

  • alana rasbach - these are just simple and truly beautiful! love your day-in-the-life!ReplyCancel

  • Kira - I jumped to your blog from CM, and just wanted to tell you your pictures are beautiful and real, but especially that I really appreciated what you said in this blog post. I have cloned the emotion out of a picture before. And I’m sure I’ll want to remember the REAL real life when I’m older. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Liza Villamayor Starman - Hi Jessica! It’s Liza–the barista that held the coffee while you took a photo! I think we were supposed to meet each other because I recently have been interested in photography and have soooo much to learn! Your photos, and project ideas, are amazing and I would love to pick your brain/learn from you!ReplyCancel

  • A Day In the Life {volume 2} » {the thomason diaries} - […] for the rest of your life, morph ever so slightly. I first took on a Day in the Life series back in April. The day looked pretty similar to this day in June. But upon closer inspection I noticed little […]ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Thomason - Omg I want a diet coke now too and that was the last one!!!! Yay for the dime! I couldn’t believe it!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Thomason - Aww thanks Amber! I loved Winnie the Pooh too <3 I’ll bet TJ’s room was adorable! If I had known how crazy for Pooh she would be I probably would have done her room in Pooh! Hehehe She can never get enough Pooh stuff let me tell you!! She would love any Pooh treasures you’d like to share ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Thomason - Omg I feel so famous right now! 🙂 it means so much coming from you! I’m so glad you’re on CM – it really needed some Erika Ray!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Danielle McLean - LOVE itReplyCancel

  • Jessica Thomason - You’re so sweet Agata <3ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Thomason - Thanks so much 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Thomason - Thank you! It sounds like some of us from the BO are starting a blog circle – you should join us!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Thomason - Thanks 😀ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Thomason - Woah hey! When I saw the friend request I had to think a minute and then I was like “it’s the Starbucks model”!!! Pick away! I highly recommend checking out clickinmoms if you’re interested in photography- I’ve learned so so much on that forum!ReplyCancel

  • Liza Villamayor Starman - Awesome!! I will! Your photos are beautiful!! I am a complete amateur so, I will definitely check out that page!! ReplyCancel

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