Ladies and Gentleman, Charge Your Cameras!

I challenge you all (or at least those of you with blogs) to a Day In The Life blog post.

My dream photo session would last all day. The photographer would blend seamlessly into the background of our everyday life. They wouldn’t document anything “special.” They would simply preserve all the small moments of an ordinary day. These moments may not seem like much now, but I imagine 20 years from now I’ll forget what Kendall’s sleepy smile looks like as he wakes me in the morning, or how happy Leyna is hanging out with her daddy in his office while we both work during the day.

I don’t know that that dream photo session will ever come true, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t capture those moments myself. I’m challenging myself to capture 4 random days throughout the year, from waking until sleeping, approximately 16 hours. These days won’t be any different than most of the days we have. I’m not going to go to great lengths to organize outings or deep clean (though I do think I’ll at least strive to keep piles of dirty dishes out of the background). They will simply be ordinary.

I was inspired, in part, by this video. I’ve shared it with you all before, but it’s always worth another watch.

“The Gift of an Ordinary Day” by Katrina Kenison

So the challenge goes like this:

Pick a day, any day. Make sure your camera(s) is charged, then place it by your bed before you fall asleep. Take one picture an hour from the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep. Don’t over think it. Don’t pose or request your subjects yell “cheese!” Don’t let the picture taking take over your ordinary day. Set a timer on your phone for every hour to remind you to get a shot. Then once you’ve got something, set the camera aside and move on with your day as usual. Don’t get caught up in camera settings or perfection. No need to use a fancy camera. You could do it all in Instagram/phone pics if you want.

My day this week is Wednesday, and I’ll post our pictures here on Thursday. Whenever you finish yours, come link up (I’ll try to figure out that Mr. Linky thing again). Then we can all peek into each other’s ordinary days and marvel at how similar or different they may be.

Are you in?

Kendall is 3 years 4 months and Leyna is 8 months old


  • Whitney - I’m in! I think it’s a phenomenal idea and plan on doing it this week now! I should probably do that at least once a month really with how fast the boys are growing. I’ll be back yo link up once done for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Steph - Love this idea! I’m in!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer @ Also Known As the Wife - This is a fantastic idea! Even better because I’m starting a photography class next week.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie s - Im doing this tomorrow! What a great ideaReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Flora Ross - I have been wanting to do one of these posts for a long time. Just never get around to it. I will try – very hard – to do one and come link up!ReplyCancel

  • Erin L - I LOVE this idea! Melissa from Adventuroo did this last year and I thought it was amazing. I’m in….
    Not sure when we’ll do it though….it’s not an ordinary week. Sick kiddos.ReplyCancel

  • Mama G - I think this sounds like a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Charli - I am in! I’ve been trying to photograph more lately and found myself in a bit of a slump. This may just help me get back to it.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer (The Vintage Chain) - Now that I’m a mess after watching that video! This is a great idea. I’m in!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - I’m game!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - I’m sooooooooo in.ReplyCancel

  • melinda - I am going to do this! Wonderful idea.ReplyCancel

  • Tena - I’m in! What a perfect week for it, too, as I will be home with the kids most of the week while my husband is hunting. Yay!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - I LOVE THIS IDEA. I have been thinking about doing this so your prompt has made me commit to doing it. I will be doing it this week. My plan attack, like you, will be Wednesday!

    Thank you for this!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - and now I’m bawling. Great idea.ReplyCancel

  • molly - What a neat idea! I hope I can remember!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandria - I have had this idea germinating around in my head for months & have just never gotten around to it. Maybe this is the kick in the pants I need.ReplyCancel

  • pamela - yes! I’m absolutely inReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I am SO in! This sounds like such a fun idea! I can’t wait to see what a day in your life looks like……I guess that’s kind of creepy, but it’s normal, right?! I like to know little details about people. And I can’t wait to do my own! Such a fun way to keep precious memories that might otherwise be forgotten ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Amber @ NotMommy - Love it, I’m in. I think I’ll pick Thrusday and post Friday ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Abigail @ Skywaitress - Hm, I should try this… although I have a feeling my day is probably kind of boring since I’m at home and there are no cute kiddos to make things interesting. We’ll see. I’ll do it and if it’s worth posting I will.ReplyCancel

  • Cassie Sartin - Ooh.. yay! I’m in!ReplyCancel

  • Megyn - I AM IN!!!! DARE ACCEPTED!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - Fun! I’m in ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Vivian - Oh I am SO in! Sounds like fun, yay!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - Great idea! I will definitely have to set the phone alarm! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - What an awesome idea! I’d like to try it. ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • dianthe - it’s been FOREVER since i did A Day in the Life on my blog – my camera batteries are already charged so maybe i can actually make this happen!ReplyCancel

  • Ella - I’m defiantly up for this. New British blogger basically inspired to blog by giggling at your blog, so thanks.
    Not sure how the linky thing will work, will I just comment on your post with a link to my (probably mostly rainy) day ?ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - I’ve been dying to do this for the past 6 months ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll definitely take you up on this, and I can’t wait to see everyone’s results!! Count me in for tomorrow!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabet - I am in!!! This sounds like fun!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sam - I’m in!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - That video made me cry. Jen = crazy lady.

    I’m in but have to do a weekend because I can’t take pictures at work…nor do I really want to.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - I LOVE this idea. I’m going to do it on Saturday when we are all home.ReplyCancel

  • Jess - this is so awesome. I’m definitely in!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Ugh, that video made me a crying mess. I want to wake the kids up and start now, but I think I’ll hold off and do it Saturday.ReplyCancel

  • Rocky Mountain Mama - Fantastic idea! I’m in. I will do it this weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • ajira - This is exactly the kind of photography I dream of doing. I’d be happy to be that photographer for you or anyone else interested in this kind of session. So far, I’ve done two and they are awesome beyond belief. Totally love them. LOVE them. This and births is all I want to photograph. For a living that is. I’ll happily photograph everything else as well of course!

    I do this shot an hour kind of day once in a while and I love it. It’s a little more purposeful than my usual method which involves just taking the camera with me wherever I go and shooting whatever strikes my fancy. ๐Ÿ˜€ReplyCancel

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