When it comes to milestones and big celebrations, having our cameras handy is a no-brainer, but what about the little everyday moments?
These moments matter too, perhaps even moreso than the big ones because as our children grow and our lives change, it’s easy to forget all the tiny, fleeting details.
So why not commit to documenting them, day in the life style?
Here are our top tips for day in the life photography!
Whilst day in the life photography does fall into the unscripted documentary genre, it does help to do a little planning ahead of time.
Think about the moments you want to capture. What things are important in your life right now that you want to record?
It might be your child’s favourite toy, an activity they love, daily nap time…
Make a list of the shots you’d like to capture through the day then keep an eye out as they unfold.
Have a think about which lens will be best for the shots you’re planning to take.
Think versatile – you don’t want to miss the moment by fussing around changing lenses, so go with a wide angle such as a 24mm or 35mm, ideally one with a wide aperture to allow for indoor, low light shots.
When undertaking a day in the life photography project, keeping your camera in arms reach means you’ll have it nearby to capture all those spontaneous little moments that pop up through the day.
Perhaps you might leave it on the kitchen bench, or close to where your kids like to play. Just remember to keep it out of reach of little hands!
And if you’re heading out for the day, don’t forget to take your camera with you!
Life doesn’t just happen at home – think the park, the supermarket, even the view from your rear view mirror as you peek back at your sleeping babes after a morning out.
Do you know where the best pockets of light are in your house? Look for windows where the light streams through to find perfect little patches of directional light to set up activities in.
Observe how the light moves and changes through the day to find which spots catch the morning sun, and which are better in the afternoon.
Late afternoon is the perfect time to head outdoors to make the most of golden hour for some backyard sport or an impromptu picnic.
Related: A Day In The Light
This is perhaps the heart of day in the life photography – documenting all the little daily routines and happenings.
Think household chores, meal preparation, family rituals, and in these strange pandemic times, possibly even learning (or working!) from home!
The relationships between the people in your family form an integral part of your daily lives together.
Keep an eye out for little interactions through the day – even sibling squabbles deserve to be preserved for posterity!
Connections don’t just have to be between people, either – don’t forget to capture your little one’s love for their special stuffy or a fave childhood book…
Whilst it’s important to capture lots of wider shots which give context to the story of your day, it’s equally as important to get in close and focus on some of the smaller details.
Think muddy feet after splashing in a summer rain puddles, little treasures from the garden, and all those sweet baby details that change so quickly!