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A Day in the Life of – Creative Photography Exercise
Creative Exercises

Last year for my birthday I posted my Day in the Life of photography exercise. I started thinking this month what a fun project that would be to do each year around my birthday. So a few days ago I completed another Day in the Life of project. They really are quite fun if you haven’t done one yet.

Last year, I challenged myself to one photo an hour. This year I just took pictures throughout the day. It is fun to look back at last years project and see how much our life has changed in one short year.

Although all these photos aren’t portfolio worthy they forced me to look at everyday activities different. You have to slow down and think about how you can capture this typical activity in a fun way.

This post is OVERLOADED with images. I have several images of one activity.

In honor of my birthday today, here is a look at a typical day in the life of…me at 31.

8:04am One of my girls comes in to see if I’m awake. Not a bad way to wake up.
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8:18am Heading downstairs to let the dogs out. Good morning, Charlie!
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8:22am Gus hurt his knee and is on “rest” which means I have to take him out on a leash 24/7.
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8:29am Saw some awesome dew on the ground while out with Gus, ran inside and grabbed my macro. I’m sure the neighbors thought I was nuts crawling around on wet grass.
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8:41am Guess who’s up? Yes, I know I’m spoiled rotten with three kids who like to sleep as much as mama. Most days she is a ray of sunshine when I walk in, but today she is fighting a cold.
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9:02am Cook the kids breakfast.
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9:35am Out the door to work out and swim lessons.
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12:14pm Back home and playing.
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12:27pm I challenged her to read me 100 books over the summer. We made a sticker chart so you know she is on board.
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1:15pm Lunch
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2:50pm This is not a typical activity. Maybe a once a year activity. We headed to the movies.
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5:14pm Hurry to the store to grab a few last ingredients for dinner. Apparently, they must skip through the store.
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5:50pm I sit down to answer some emails and get some work done.

What my kids are doing – These beads are the best (Thanks to my sister for reminding me about them).
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Crawling around and playing with anything she can get her hands on.
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Twirling in the backyard of course.
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Wishing she was twirling in the backyard.
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6:35pm Starting dinner. Our favorite, Spaghetti and Bacon! It’s like a pasta carbonara. A staple in our house.
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Just keeping it real. Here’s my view while I’m cooking. I decided to get a close up of my table because I know each year I do this project my table is the perfect example of our season in life. Our table is the heart of our home and I love that it shows what we do during the day and my lack of ability to keep it clean, which I’m sure will never change.
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There you have it! Sorry for the picture overload. I hope you will do this creativity challenge. If not only to boost your photography but as a fun way to document a normal day.

65 Comments
  • Dawn Howeth
    June 26, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Great post!! I loved the pictures. Thank you for sharing your day with us.

    • Courtney Slazinik
      July 3, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      Thanks! You should give it a try!

  • June 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    How fun!! Love all the pictures!

    • Courtney Slazinik
      July 3, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      Thanks! it was a lot of fun! Give it a go!

  • June 26, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    This is amazing, You home is so neat and clean, a dream home indeed. Kids are so cute. You’ve taken very good shots, i must mention few of them, the water drop of wet grass, baby looking backyard through the window, movies shots, kid reads etc. Thanks to share with us.

    • Courtney Slazinik
      July 3, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      Don’t let the photos fool you! My house is far from neat and clean. Thanks for your sweet words about my photos :)

  • June 26, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Is it weird that these pictures strangely made me sad because I miss you?

    • Courtney Slazinik
      July 3, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Not a bit! I miss you!

  • Jen Lazaroski
    June 26, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Wonderful post! I’ve always wanted to try a DITL; maybe this Summer. I love the reading challenge! It makes this teacher’s heart soar =)

    • Courtney Slazinik
      July 3, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      Yes, I’m a former teacher as well so I like to challenge her :) Hope you get to do one!

  • Carol
    June 26, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Enjoyed your DITL post! And…Happy Birthday!

    • Courtney Slazinik
      July 3, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      Thanks! <3

  • Kelly Z
    June 26, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Amazing photos! Thanks for sharing. Happy birthday!

    • Courtney Slazinik
      July 3, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      Thanks so much!

  • rachel
    June 26, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    love love love! great images :)! so glad you shared.

    • Courtney Slazinik
      July 3, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      Thanks! I’d love to see you do one!

  • June 26, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    I love that you did this, Courtney! Your day looks wonderful, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! <3

    • Courtney Slazinik
      July 3, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      Thanks! It was fun and exhausting :)

  • June 26, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Just wanted to thank you for all the educational posts…think I’ll try this! I love your style…photographic and teaching style!

    • Courtney Slazinik
      July 3, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      Thank you :) I’m so glad you enjoy all the posts!

  • Joan
    June 26, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Thank you for sharing your DITL. I love the photos and how they tell your story. Your website is wonderful and I am so glad I found it. You post so may wonderful tips. A huge “thank you”!

    • Courtney Slazinik
      July 3, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Thank you! I hope you get a chance to do the project :)

  • Elizabeth Paccione
    June 26, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    I love the basket of books in the car…just added that to my car today!! happy bday..Liz

    • Courtney Slazinik
      July 3, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Oh good! We had it left over from a trip and it sure does make my life easier :)

  • Katie
    June 26, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Love this idea, so often we forget to really take in the day to day. And where do you go to the movies!?! Where you in a leather recliner??

    • Courtney Slazinik
      July 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      I know, fancy right? I couldn’t believe it when we walked in :)

  • June 26, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    This is an awesome idea for a project! I’m definitely going to put one together when I have a little more time :) Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Courtney Slazinik
      July 3, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      I hope you do! It’s such a fun way to capture your day!

  • Niki Evans
    June 27, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    What a great idea and what a lovely home you have. I love the light in your pictures.

    • Courtney Slazinik
      July 3, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      Thanks!

  • June 27, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    LOVE this. I do these as well! Those posts and the pictures are always my favorite. http://livinglikethekings.com/category/a-day-in-the-life-post/ (hope it’s ok to share mine)

    • Courtney Slazinik
      July 3, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Love yours! So glad you did one! Wasn’t it fun!

  • June 27, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    I love it! Question: in the picture of your little one staring out the window, what settings did you use? I have trouble not getting a totally black subject when I’m pointing straight at the window. You got such lovely lighting in that one!

  • June 28, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    I love this! I have not tried to photograph a day in my life, but am inspired to give it a try!

    • Courtney Slazinik
      July 3, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      You should definitely try it! It’s so fun!

  • Michele
    July 1, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Oh I LOVE these photographs! They are so REAL, and your children are precious! Maybe the photos aren’t “portfolio quality.” They are real, and that’s what it’s all about.
    Thank you for this blog, and for making photography fun. I’m just a beginner, but those other websites and blogs are just too complicated. I get just enough to work on and have fun with, and you don’t make me feel dumb because I don’t understand everything all at once. God bless you!

    • Courtney Slazinik
      July 3, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Thanks for your kind words!

  • Kristen
    July 1, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    I love this idea, Courtney! I think I’m going to try doing it one day :). Do you display these pictures anywhere, or just add them to your annual album? Just curious :). It would be fun to have a separate album just for these pictures that you add to each year. It’s crazy how much has changed in a year. Can’t believe you were still in Oki last year. Oh how I miss it there! Love all the natural light in your “new” house though :). Miss you!

    • Courtney Slazinik
      July 3, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      I hadn’t thought about what I’m going to do with them. I like the idea of putting them in an album to look back on each day over the years. I know, I can’t believe it’s been a year too! Thanks!

  • July 9, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    I’m catching up! I love this post! Can’t wait to do one myself at some point! :)

  • Smith Home
    July 10, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    My favorite was the one with you in the shot, your daughter reading. It brings all these photos into a more beautiful perspective when mom is in “the life” of the photo.

  • Becca Watkins
    July 17, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    One of these days, I am going to do this! I think about it every.single.day! It’s just trying to figure out how I would get certain things, like me cooking or me doing the dishes. I will have to become best friends with my tripod. :D
    I think this is a wonderful project to do so that my children can look back on what an ordinary day was like for me, with them as little babies. I would absolutely love to see what an ordinary day was like for my mom when I was a child. I really need to just plan this thing out and do it!! ;)
    Courtney, do you have templates that you’d recommend using once completing this fabulous project? Like say, to share your images all at once on your Facebook page?

  • March 2, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    I really enjoyed the photos! and yes, you are very blessed to have such beautiful little girls! it reminded me of when my boys were young. They are grown men now, i miss those days. This is such a great idea for a photo challenge! i may have to give it a try! even though my life is fairly boring compared to yours ;)

  • March 2, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    i loved this little peek into your day. the photos are so bright and pretty. i have a really hard time taking good shots of my kids are they meander around the house, but i’ll have to give this a try.

  • March 2, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    I love this idea! Thank you for sharing! I’m going to do this for sure!

  • Megan Boesch
    March 2, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    What beautiful children, beautiful photos and a beautiful home. Oh, to have those skylights. I think if I were to do this, I would be constantly checking my frame for things I needed to clean up before clicking the shutter button. ;)

  • Mari
    March 2, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Such a wonderful post, awesome photos captured. Thank you for sharing, I can’t wait to do mine.

  • Courtney Steelman
    March 3, 2014 at 6:03 AM

    Love this!!

  • March 6, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    your flowers are so pretty behind your table! i love your home. And such a great day in the life. I was wondering how you managed to get such a white background for your breakfast shot?

    • March 6, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Thank you :) I have a white table and just make sure my white balance was correct :)

  • March 6, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    i guess it was! very nice :)

  • Mehreen
    June 26, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Love the pictures. By really want to know your usual carry around lens. Coz I can see you used different lenses here.
    I’m having trouble choosing lenses.

  • Jaime kinderknecht
    June 26, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Thank you for sharing such a personal part of your life. I love the idea and hope to capture a day for us to. Love your quality of pictures and unique views.

  • Ashley
    June 26, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    I love this post- I have never thought of doing it on my birthday…. So good! Is there any way you could share pics of your girls rooms to get all that natural light? We have lots of windows but I don’t seem to let that much in.

    • July 16, 2014 at 12:05 PM

      Thanks! I’m not sure I understand what you are asking. Are you looking for photos of their windows? They each just have one window in their room :)

  • Tanya monroe
    June 26, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    What an awesome idea. I have days though that I think the pictures would seem very boring but definitely going to try it!!

  • Sherry Walen
    June 26, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    thank you for sharing…..Happy birthday!

  • Maja
    July 28, 2014 at 6:05 AM

    I just love it!! Amazing post on amazing blog :D

  • Yasmin
    July 22, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    I will do it tomorrow ;)

  • John Oyedele
    September 30, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    Hi Courtney,
    Thanks for the post as I has given me some great ideas. Your pictures are great! Couple of quick questions…are you blessed with a honest has wonderful amounts of natural light or did you have to use a flash for the indoor shots. Also would you mind sharing what Len/s you used? Thanks!!!!

    • October 23, 2015 at 10:02 AM

      I used only natural light as I don’t have any flash. I believe most of these were taken with my 35mm 1.4.

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