Day-in-the-Life Photos

download (4)Parents take a lot of family photos on special occasions like holidays, birthdays and vacations, so we end up with plenty of shots of our kids ripping open gifts on  Christmas morning, singing “Happy Birthday” at birthday parties, and shoveling sand at the beach or holding a marshmallow in a campfire on family vacations.

Of course it’s important to get shots of these important moments in our children’s lives, but it’s just as important to capture the every-day moments in their lives too. In fact, it might be a great idea to spend a day from time to time traipsing after the family and photographing their comings and goings as clandestinely as possible, without setting the stage or suggesting an activity–truly capturing them doing what they do throughout the course of a day.  Photojournalists take these types of candid photos every day to capture a moment in its purest form.

From the baby’s first moments of wakefulness after a nap, to a toddler’s discovery of the dog’s food bowl, to your preteen reading something so intently, they’re in another world; it’s these day-to-day moments that are easiest to forget over the years, and the ones we cherish most when they are captured in photographs.

You and the kids can also have fun photographing the family by arming everyone with a camera or cell phone and letting the whole family capture the scenes as they see them. Some may want to pose certain shots, while others will be all about the candid moments. Let each family member choose their own style of photography. At the end of the day, it will be fun to see everyone’s perspective on your family’s activities throughout the course of 24 hours – playing, doing chores, talking on the phone – ordinary activities on an ordinary day. Create a “day-in-the-life” album on a photo-sharing site like Instagram and share with grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends. Years from now, these are the photos you’ll cherish most.




  1. i always take random pictures of my son with my phone. i could probably arrange them like that

  2. this would be really cute

  3. cool idea

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