Last September I had a chance to meet Beth, an incredible mom who runs the Little Kid Big City blog, and to spend half a day documenting the crazy and beautiful life she and her son Willem have. Every day is a new adventure for them as they are “navigating NYC and beyond, one playground at a time”.
The idea of having a Day In The Life session – inviting someone to be a part of your life and your family for a day – can feel exciting, but also scary.
Beth wrote a beautiful article about their Day In The Life experience. In this post, I’d like to share some of her thoughts before, during and after the session.
“We are fortunate that we are contacted every so often by photographers hoping to work together. Usually, due to our crazy schedule and juggling of timing constraints we (ever so politely) decline. Truthfully, It’s not just the schedule – I also worry about how the session would play out; would this be a lot of posing and fake smiles? Would our son become frozen in a sea of camera clicks and smile inducing hi-jinks? While I myself take lots of photos each day – I (very much) try to capture moments quickly and quietly without missing a step of fun, with careful attention to never be an annoyance to our family, especially with my son. Would a photographer be so considerate? I worry that they would overtake our afternoon with a barrage of photos, and cause my happy son to think less of special occasion, and (gasp!) photography in general.”
“With no lights, camera props or accessories – Polina showed up at our apartment door with only her camera and beautiful personality. And that was all she needed. We chatted, and she spent some time getting acquainted with our little one. He immediately took to her, and within minutes it felt as if we were visiting with an old friend. Her calm demeanor and cheerful personality fit perfectly within our family, and made everyone instantly at ease.
During our session we ended up grabbing coffee, walking the dog, running into a friend, taking a NYC Ferry to the playdate in Dumbo, meeting up and playing with friends, and then ending the day with a pizza date. Polina came along through the entire adventure, and acted as friend more then a photographer. I never felt as if she was imposing, interrupting, or a bother. It was so relaxing and comfortable, especially for our son.”
“As I didn’t physically see Polina take many photos, I was quite curious as to what the outcome would be. Was there enough to capture?
The photos took my breathe away. I am still in awe of them now days later.
I feel like so often I get caught up in the days plans, other conversations, juggling work and general life things – that I miss these everyday magical moments that are happening right in front of me. Polina artistically, and brilliantly captured all these small moments beautifully. The little kiss on the cheek, the sweet smile during a funny conversation, the determination before taking a leap, the excited embrace with a young friend…. each and every one was magic. Her images not only captured magic, they also caught the raw dynamic of our relationship as mother and son, as well as the relationships that he has with his friends.
What Polina gave us isn’t just a gorgeous memory – but she gave us a chapter of our own story. The longer session allows for capturing a full range of emotions, and a glimpse into what our family life is like at this exact moment. Time flies quick. She captured the youthful toddler smile that will be changed in 6 months from now, she captured for us the friendships that are his everything right now, and I love that we can relive this moment, this day, again and again – because in 5, 10 years from now I will have sadly forgotten most of it.
The hand holding with mom will surely end, however – by capturing these moments you don’t ever have to let go, And for that, I’m unbelievably so thankful for.”
If you would like to learn more about this session, you can find a full article here. You can also find a slideshow there too!