A Day in the Life of-Creative Exercise

I always wanted to do one of these “Day in the Life of” photo projects. I figured since today is my birthday that yesterday would be the perfect day to record our life. It will be fun to look back and see what a normal day when I was 30 looked like.

I will be the first to admit that while these photos may not be photography genius, I do love them and it got me thinking about different photography situations. You have to work with different lighting situations, compositions, and there are a lot of not “ideal” factors.

This is a great exercise to do if you are in a rut and need to pick up your camera again.

How it works:

-Pick a day
-Take your camera EVERYWHERE
-You can photograph each hour or each activity
-Some people set an alarm to go off each hour
-Start shooting

Here we go:

4:09 am – Claire decides she is starving. Turns out it’s really hard to get a shot in the dark when you are exhausted. ha

8:11 am – This lovely one greets me good morning.

9:43 am – Time to get dressed and ready to go meet our friends.

10:46 am – Playing with friends at an indoor play area.

11:26 am – This play area is fantastic because the kids are happy and I get to chat with my friends.

1:57 pm – Time for lunch. We found an burger place that was trying to be like an American joint. We listened to oldies and had burgers and fries. It was like a small slice of home.

3:44 pm – Claire’s 1 month picture time.

4:50 pm – Edit Claire’s pictures.

6:21 pm – We are blessed with a fantastic squadron who have people signed up to bring us dinner to help out after Claire was born. Thank you Katey for the delicious dinner!!

7:13 pm – After dinner walk with Buzz, 3 kids, and two dogs.

8:56 pm – Kids are in bed and it’s time to work on the blog. I’m exhausted!

  • Lynn Guthrie
    June 26, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    That’s me in the last picture! Woo Hoo!!!

    Seriously, what a great idea! I’ll have to give it a try!

    • Courtney
      June 28, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      You’re famous!

  • Trisha
    June 26, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    I love this picture of us! I am so excited I got to be apart of your ‘Day in the Life’ bc it WAS such a fun day for me. Especially eating ‘American burgers’ listening to American oldies in Japan. hehe

    I declare – we have 4 weeks, must always be gorgeous & take many more pictures of us!

    • Courtney
      June 28, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      Sounds like a deal!!

  • June 26, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Love your blog! This post was especially cool! I’m a SAHM and Coast Guard wife and I was wondering if you’ve done any interesting projects to document your current duty station or others in the past. Thanks for sharing all the great info, and articles! :)

    • Courtney
      June 28, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      Mmm…I haven’t done one just about our duty station. That would have been a great idea though! Our first full year here though I did do Project 365 where I took a photo a day. I put them all in a book and have great pictures that portray our time here in Japan. I will have to do some brainstorming though and see if I can come up with something :O)

  • June 26, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    This seems like a fun idea – I wonder if my days are interesting enough to do this though…or if this would make a day more interesting.

    • Courtney
      June 28, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      Your days are TOTALLY interesting enough!

  • June 26, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    This seems like a fun idea – I wonder if my days are interesting enough to do this though…or if this would make a day more interesting.

  • June 26, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    What a coincidence! I just did my first “day in the life” last week! It was a lot of fun! Here’s a link if you want to check it out: http://theroninsrule.blogspot.com/2012/06/our-ordinary-day.html

    • Courtney
      June 28, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      Yours are great!! Love all the little moments you captured!

  • June 26, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    I love this idea! It’s my birthday coming up this weekend so I’ll give it a try! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Courtney
      June 28, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      Happy birthday!! Can’t wait to see your pictures!

  • June 26, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Tap tap Tap…..La la la… clear throat… Happy Birthday to you……Hap…py………clear throat….. cough cough…OH pooh… Not enough coffee yet this AM to sing so I will just wish you that your birthday is a blessed one and many more.

    Looks like you will have lots to look back on later and see how everyone has grown.

    GOD bless and keep you all safe.

    • Courtney
      June 28, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      Ha! I love it!!! Thank you!

  • Kellie B.
    June 26, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    This is definitely one of my favorite blog posts of yours – loved it! I’ve tried this before without much luck but with my birthday coming up in a couple of weeks you’ve inspired me to try again ;-) Thank you for your wonderful blog – you’re the reason I discovered Clickin’ Moms and have discovered how to actually use my camera – lol. Happy Birthday!

    • Courtney
      June 28, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      Yay!! Happy birthday to you!!! DOn’t you love CM?? I really hope you do give it another shot!! Would love to see your pictures!

  • June 27, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    I absolutely love this idea! What great moments captured too. I’m definitely going to do this one day this summer. I seem to be in a rut when I’m not shooting tons of basketball pictures.

  • June 27, 2012 at 4:47 AM

    I love it! Great pictures. I love your blog!

  • June 27, 2012 at 5:18 AM

    What a great idea this is, thanks for sharing a day in your life it was really fun. I am going to pick a day and do this I love it.

  • June 27, 2012 at 5:46 AM

    What a lovely blog you have. Such nice photography, and your photos are clear and crisp.

  • June 27, 2012 at 6:17 AM

    Thanks for sharing! I’m thinking I may do a day in the life tomorrow…

  • June 28, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    I love this post! Are you sure you just had a baby because I am pretty sure you look amazing! How is life with 3? I have always heard it is the hardest adjustment…I have two…so far:)

    • Courtney
      June 28, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      Well, thank you!!! Life is fantastic with 3….just still trying to figure out how to get everything done :O) Going from 2-3 wasn’t as hard as 1-2 :O)

  • July 2, 2012 at 6:05 AM

    Love these Courtney! You will look back on these and be glad you captured the little details. I’ve always wanted to do this. Maybe this week. Thanks for the inspiration my super talented friend.

    • Courtney
      July 11, 2012 at 1:58 PM

      Thank you! You should totally do it! I’d love to see it :O)

  • July 4, 2012 at 6:32 AM

    I missed this post! I’ve been wanting to do this forever! I need to get on it!

    • Courtney
      July 11, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      Do it! Do it! Do it! Do it!!

  • July 7, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    What a neat idea! I cannot wait to do this! I’m looking for weekly things to do on my photography blog and this might just get it’s own day! Thanks for sharing!

    • Courtney
      July 11, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      I hope you do it!! I loved doing it!!

  • February 2, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Just stumbled upon your blog! Love it!!!!!! Thanks for this fantastic idea! I’m going to do this for one of my photog Fridays!

    • Courtney
      February 6, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      Hey AnnMarie!

      Glad you like it! It’s a fun thing to do and a great creative exercise to document your day!! Have fun with it!

  • Roberto
    April 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Cool idea!

  • Erin
    April 4, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    I love this! I will have to do one soon! What were you using to set up your 1 month photo area? I couldn’t tell if it was just a blanket. And what lense are you using during you day in the life shoot? 50mm f/1.4?

    • April 7, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      Hey Erin,
      Yes, it’s a blanket from IKEA. I believe I used the 50mm 1.4 :)

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