A day in the life of…photo shoot.
A few weeks ago on a slightly overcast Sunday morning, I was waiting to welcome a lady I had never met before, into my home, to photograph Charlotte and me for the day.
Corina Oghina is a photographer who loves to capture the real moments in life. She predominantly is a wedding photographer but is keen to introduce the UK to ‘day in the life of…’ photo shoots which are more common in Europe and the US at the moment. I was hugely flattered that a) she read my blog and b) she wanted to take photos of Charlotte and me for a whole day.
Our email conversations before meeting were chatty and friendly and, after looking at her website I already could sense that Corina was going to fit in well at our house. I loved the style of her photography; relaxed, informal and more importantly 100% real. I pride myself on documenting my real life on this blog and my social media, not just picking and choosing the perfect moments and glad that that would be followed through in these photos too. To be honest, if I did that there would be very little to write about and my Instagram feed would be somewhat bare!
Before Corina turned up on my doorstep at 9am on Sunday morning I was a bit nervous.
What should I wear? Was my house tidy enough? Why hadn’t I managed to wrestle Charlotte into matching pyjamas the night before…? Would it seem odd having a stranger in my house following us around? In the end though, I just got dressed into what I would normally wear on a Sunday and threw the rest of my concerns out of the window with the intention to just see what happened.
Luckily, I had nothing to worry about. Corina was as warm and friendly as she had seemed over email and after some introductions and a quick conversation about how we would do this we just got on with life.
The photo shoot…
Charlotte woke up so we got some breakfast. She had a shower. We took the dog for a walk. We baked some cakes and just had a usual, fairly chilled out, Sunday. All the while Corina unobtrusively clicked away capturing our every move. She seemed to possess an amazing skill of being able to hold a conversation, but also be in the perfect position to capture a little moment with Charlotte and me whilst chatting. I kept asking her if she was bored as I wasn’t sure whether we were ‘doing enough’ or we were being ‘exciting enough’ but every time Corina said it was perfect, so we just carried on.
Now you may think that an all-day photo shoot would be difficult, and as someone who actually doesn’t generally like having her photo taken, that was exactly what was thinking too. But the day passed quickly and after about half an hour I forgot that I was being followed by our own mini paparrazzi and just enjoyed the day. Charlotte aka #missposer bloody loved it obviously. She even managed to rope Corina into letting her take some shots and getting her face painted by the mini ‘artist’ herself. Thank goodness for baby wipes!
Towards the end of the day, we were all getting a bit tired so we bid farewell to Corina, who had become such a lovely part of our family for that day, with a promise that we would be able to see the photos she had taken in a few weeks.
…And we weren’t disappointed.
The photos are beautiful. They capture a normal day in the life of Me, Charlotte and Sophie which is something I will treasure forever. We even captured Charlotte’s tooth falling out. There are no intentionally posed photos, no awkward smiles, no fakery. My favourite photos are the ones that aren’t ‘perfect’. My favourites are the one that captures teeny moments I would have normally forgotten about forever. My favourites were…who am I kidding, they’re all my favourites and i can’t wait to get so many of them printed and up on my wall.
If you’d like to hear how Corina found the day then take a look at her blog here, I’m so glad she enjoyed it as much as we did! If you’d like to get in contact with her about setting up your Day In The Life Of…shoot, then you can find her website here. I’m so glad we got to do this shoot and would recommend Corina to anyone. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever be able to set foot in a musty photo studio again, as this experience has totally changed my perceptions of having my photograph taken.
Disclosure: The photo shoot with Corina was kindly gifted to me in exchange for this post.