Один день из жизни семьи.
A day in the life with Jessica Thomason
I think this is my sixth time shooting a full day, first-sip-of-coffee-til-bedtime, ‘day in the life’ for my family. In the middle of shooting it always feels like chaos. And not in a “chaos is beautiful kind of way”. More like a “I am seriously not going to get more than 5 good pictures” kind of way. You would think by now I would have the whole ‘letting go of expectations’ thing down to a science, but it’s always a little bit of a struggle. Which makes no sense because every single time I shoot a personal DITL, I love the results more and more.
It really, truly is not about showcasing your technical skills or proving to your photographer friends that you’re super talented. It’s about translating the way your day feels – in this very specific time that is both so routine and yet so temporary. In a few years my days will look vastly different. Even in a few short months there will be changes. So even when it looks boring and chaotic and not good enough to document – I do it anyway. I do it to remember. Because this season of life I’m in right now feels like it’s dragging and flying by at the same time. And it’s hard, when you’re in the thick of it, to view your life with perspective. To see it from the outside. And one thing I learn every single time I shoot a DITL, is how incredibly beautiful my life is.
September 19th, was a pretty typical Saturday for us. Isla, my 3 year old, plays soccer with a gaggle of other 3-4 year olds (which is hilarious and adorable!!!) and Cora, my 4 month old, is along for the ride – smiling as always.
We start every morning with Starbucks – an iced espresso delivered bedside by my husband since he naturally wakes up at a ridiculously early hour! We have our daily argument with Isla about what she’s going to wear and we are on our way!
It is HOT in September in Florida. And when it’s humid (which it always is) it’s like going to the beach with a wool blanket on! I don’t know how much soccer is actually being played during Isla’s 45 minute session but she runs and sweats and wears herself out so I would say we all come out winners on that deal!
After soccer we usually take Isla to out for something to eat – it’s one of the few times she will actually sit and eat an entire meal for us! We skip the indoor playground (I don’t even remember how we talked Isla out of this one) because I have to get home to feed Cora and get ready for work. Today is a half day for me at the small hospital where I work as a pharmacist.
I can’t take pictures of anything I really do at work because of patient privacy – but I spend most of the day verifying orders and counseling patients on their blood thinners. And look forward to my Starbucks break. I’m realizing it probably seems like I drink a ton of caffeine – but really it’s quite a reasonable amount for someone who gets 4 hours of sleep a night.
I get home from work and Isla is working hard on tackling the laundry. The dogs are acting like animals. I remember it’s Saturday which means my favorite food in the world is available – Alday’s BBQ! Located in the parking lot of a random gas station and seriously – they make the best ribs! And I don’t even like ribs! I take Isla with me so I won’t look like a creeper with my DSLR. It works like a charm.
After we eat it’s time for our daily trip to Target. Oh but wait, we have to give the baby her antibiotic. Brett and I go back and forth about whether or not we gave it to her this morning. We can’t remember. He thought I gave it. I thought he gave it. Well a little more can’t hurt right?
In Target we head straight for the Halloween stuff! Brett snapchats in his shark costume and I obsess over ‘dios de la muerte’ or ‘day of the dead’ decor. Isla is equal parts scared and intrigued of the masks. We leave with a package of fancy spider rings and a blue Icee. We must have spent a little while in there because it’s dark.
After we get home, Isla FaceTimes with Nanny and I give Cora a shower. Isla’s next and believe it not, I actually got to wash my hair too! Finally, we all squeeze into bed and after about 10 minutes I sneak back out to grab the final shot of the night.
Jessica Thomason, Florida
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Jessica Thomason is a natural light, storytelling photographer based in Sarasota, FL. She is inspired by beautiful light and authentic moments and can usually be found chasing her two year old red head around with her Nikon D600. Her favorite things are Starbucks iced espresso, her Sigma 35mm 1.4 and her awesome family. If she’s not toting around her camera or editing in Lightroom, you can probably find her curled up with her golden retrievers and the Apple TV remote.