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Day In The Life™ | May 2015

I'm not sure just how many times now I've documented a  Day In The Life™. More than a handful. It's enough times to know that each and every time I fall a little more in love with photography. 

There is something so awesome and wholehearted about capturing the "everydayness" of the lives we lead - no matter what phase we are in, with or without kids, boring or out-of-your-mind-busy. Beauty exists in all those phases and I hope I continue to embrace, celebrate, and live that truth throughout the rest of my life. 

I've long been a fan of the gritty, real, often un-posed style of documentary/journalistic photography. There's a special quality to it that I think I've started to strive for more and more as I capture my own life via my lenses. It's about capturing what is real right now and embracing what is and recognizing what can be adjusted and celebrating that fact that we are alive

My day was pretty normal - normal meaning that things didn't all go as planned. Anna was sick ( day two on the upswing) and stayed home from school. That resulted in a little less driving around for me and no gymnastics for her in the afternoon. Aaron was here in the evening, also not an everyday thing but a piece of our normal these days. He made strawberry margaritas for Taco Tuesday and I made chocolate covered strawberries because why the heck not? We could all use a little more joy like that in our weekly evenings. Celebrating what is.

I didn't take any notes besides the captions I added to my photos on Instagram. I really focused more on looking through the lens knowing I could bring it together with some reflections ( including both facts and feelings) when I bring it all together into a project. 

Speaking on the project, I'm not sold on any one way to collect this into something tangible just yet but I'm leaning towards a minibook. I'm thinking I might use one of  these 4x6 albums. I also loved using one of these 4x4 albums last year. I've got five different colors available in my shop if you are interested in one of those. My plan is to work on this project next week when I have a little more time after finishing up the new Story Kit content and another week of Type workshop content. I'll share my process here when it happens. 

My photos this time are a mix of iPhone ( many of the those photos were shared on Instagram yesterday) and Canon 5D with a 24-70 lens. I edit using Photoshop and RadLab (awesome, easy to use program that basically adds filters to your photos - lighten, darken, black and white, etc). I went for a mix of black and white photos this time partly to help with some of the off-color images and partly because I just like that style.  

Here's a look at my Tuesday: 

I hope you enjoyed the process of documenting and I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with to make the photos and words come alive in your albums. 

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  1. Storyboard_c says…
    05/17/2015

    Ali- This was my first Day in the Life. I was so beyond grateful that I completed:) what a beautiful project to remind myself to present in the now. Know matter how imperfect it might be. Thank you!

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  2. MaryA says…
    05/18/2015

    All of your photos for the day In The Life are beautiful. The photos that you did in B&W are stunning!I struggle with getting my B&W photos to look good. I read that you use RAD Lab with Photoshop. I use Lightroom. Any quick suggestions? :) Thanks Ali.

    MaryA from NH

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      05/18/2015
  3. MaryA says…
    05/18/2015

    PS. I would love to play along with a day in the life. Does it begin the first of each month?

    MaryA from NH

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      05/18/2015

      At this time I'm not doing it on a regular schedule - just randomly :). You can do it anytime.

  4. desilei says…
    05/18/2015

    Wow! These are fantastic! I decided not to participate in DITL because I am feeling overwhelmed with all of the memory-keeping projects I want to do. It took me 4 months to finish my WITL album and I'm still not done with the December Daily album (I'm close). I also try to keep up with Project Life, which I'm only about a week behind. I want to try DITL sometime soon when I don't feel like I'm drowning in "projects" and other life stuff. Thanks again for your inspiration! --Desiree

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  5. Seester2t says…
    05/18/2015

    Great as always!! What curling iron do you use? LOL. I need a new large barrel and since the last one I bought ended up being horrible, I'd love a recommendation. Thanks!

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  6. roguebuffy38 says…
    05/20/2015

    So many amazing shots... You are truly a great documenter. My faves are a tie between the BxW foggy shower selfie (and now I wish my bathroom would get foggy enough that I could take such a photograph of myself) and you kneeling by Simon's bed with the camera on the floor. I can't wait to see how you assemble the pics together. :)

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  7. jrharless says…
    05/23/2015

    Great shots, Ali! Thanks for sharing them with us and inspiring me to participate this year.

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