A Day in the Life | Behind the Scene with Monica McNeill


This is the first in a series of behind the scene posts authored by the Where The Boys regular contributors. This is our opportunity to share with you the very best of us and our different perspectives on mothering / capturing / documenting our sons. Our hope is that in these posts you find encouragement and inspiration in your journey of celebrating your son(s). 

Today's post is brought to you by Monica McNeill. To get to know the author better and connect with their work visit their individual page here

In December, I celebrate a decade of mothering boys. The one truth that has remained throughout these years is that change is inevitable and I always cherish the small, inconsequential details more than the monumental milestones. It all changes so fast. 

When asked what I wanted to do on Mother's Day I responded that I wanted to document our day, our very normal, everyday life which really is anything but ordinary. Working full time outside the home with weekends full of activity means we are rarely "just at home". This day, this day was my unicorn and I wanted to capture it.

I hope this series of images inspires you to document a day in your life. Here are five tips to keep this project manageable : 

  • Memory card empty and battery charged
  • One lens for the day
    • I used the 24 mm f/1.4L II USM because I can always get closer by moving my feet. I love this lens because I can be in the scene and still have enough perspective to capture it. 
  • Just keep shooting
    • Even when you think nothing is happening shoot anyway. It's in the culling of images afterwards that you determine what is a keeper with the perspective of the full day. 
  • Variety is key
    • Keep things interesting by taking wide, close, and detailed photographs. When you put them all together they will create movement. 
  • Remotes are awesome
    • Hands down the best investment I have ever made is my $20 remote. Using it allows me to be in at least some of the photographs to provide evidence that I do exist. 

Documenting your day can be a big commitment but as long as you keep the camera by your side and just keep shooting the magic will come in the end when you see it all together. If documenting a full day seems like too much start with a time of day - morning, afternoon, evening - or document a routine like getting ready for bed. 

Looking back at these images I already see several details that have already changed. The intent of this project is to create a time capsule of life to hold on to these details.

So what exactly does one do with all these images? I believe in the power of the printed picture and my plan is to create a coffee table book with these images. I will be sure to share when I have it in my hands.

Please ask any questions you may have in the comments. If you are inspired to take on this project we would love to see. 

Documenting a "Day In The Life" is a concept first introduced to me by Ali Edwards. I encourage you to explore the wealth of information she shares here