Day in the Life Session FAQ


Why Day in Life Session?

One day, I picked up a book in the corner of my garage, already filled with dust. It’s my family photo album. Inside the book, I saw photos of my parents, my sister, my birthdays, graduations, achievements, and vacations. As I went through the pages, my mind stopped at one photo. It’s a photo of me and my sister on our bikes, happily smiling. It makes me wonder what else that we did together when we were a child. We play, we fight and we laugh together but unfortunately those little moments are not found on our photo album. It’s kinda sad because I wish I have more to recall those precious memories.

Personally, I want my kids to remember the exact moment when they fight. The little details of paintings in our little rooms. The dining table where they play hide and seek during the dinner time. The fights between me and my sister. All small but remarkable and innocent memories that are often forgotten as we grow up.

Day in Life session is about photographing the real family memories as they happen. A serving memoir for your children when they grow up, not posed photographs taken at the studio, or some beautiful tourists destination that you only visit once or twice. We, giant and friends strives to capture life’s greatest gift. For you, the greatest gift is your children, and for your children , their greatest gift is you.

How is it different than a baby / kids session?

No Costumes. No Beautiful Props. No Posing. No Studio.

When a baby come to a studio, especially for the first time, they get anxious! “Oh look who is that crazy guy that keep on shouting my name again, and again. Look at this shiny new toy! I should just stare at them for hours and totally ignore the camera!” Outdoor session at the park and beach is not really helping too. Kids get hungry because we always shoot very early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Sometimes it gets too hot and humid, and kids get too moody to show their smiles for the camera.

In Day in Life Session, it’s just me with my camera. It’s your house, your baby safest and most familiar place on earth. You won’t hear me giving directions. I will be discreet with little interruption. After a few minutes, you won’t even notice I’m taking pictures of your loved ones. It will be just a short moment before they start to ignore this tall photographer, and start playing and have fun with their toys again.

We start at your house, your baby safest and most familiar place on earth. You won’t hear me giving directions. I will be discreet with little interruption. After a few minutes, you won’t even notice I’m taking pictures of your loved ones. It will be just a short moment before they start to ignore this tall photographer, and start playing and have fun with their toys again.

Hey, I have a camera and I can do that too! Why do I need you?

Mom and dads have a cellphone these days, and it’s super easy to take snapshots of your kids since you are with them every day. Why can’t we take it ourselves then?

Being a DIL Photographer requires a specific skill set. We need to constantly aware and anticipate what are your kids going to do next. Our fingers need to swiftly adjust our camera setting to adapt to the changing lighting. Our eyes need to response quickly to the fleeting moments. All these takes years to practice and master. As a professional photographer, we’ve trained our eyes to see the beauty in seemingly mundane activities. We capture moments that you may not realize exist right in your house! Simple, real and honest moments that you might have missed when you are too busy keeping up with your kids. And have you realized many of the pictures you’ve taken of your kids are missing you in it?

What kind of images will I get?

Many things: Kids sharing toys with their siblings; Girls helping mom preparing the meals; Telling a good night story to your kids; Kids wake up; Taking a bath; A walk to the grocery store; Play dates with their best friends. The possibilities are endless! Note that if you are taking your kids to public areas such as school, you might need to get permission from the school. Please contact us if you need help.

Our  approach is photo journalism which means telling a story as it is. Candid and real moments that matters. Our editing style is simple and minimal. We would most likely bump up the contrast, brightness, and saturation. Day in the life looks great in black and white as it removes the distracting color and let you focus on the moments and the interactions. However let us know if you prefer your images to be in color.

When is the best time to get the Day in Life Session?

Baby grows up and so fast that everyday fills like a milestone! We capture daily life starting from newborn, toddler, and even early teens. Just let us know if there’s any specific moments that you want to capture. If you are interested, we can arrange multiple sessions throughout the year or maybe we can come every year. Just email us and we will get in touch with you!

So actually there’s no best timing. The only best time is when your baby and kids are healthy and happy! If a member of family is not feeling well and want to reschedule, just let us know and we can arrange a new timing for you.

For options, we got 4 hours or 6 hours session. A typical session starts before kids are awake early in the morning and ends when they take their afternoon nap. Usually, you will get around 30 edited images from a day in life session but usually we give more.

What should I Wear?

Keep it simple, throw in color that you like, but avoid busy patterns. We suggest clean and neat. It’s okay if Mom want to do make-up but keep it soft and light.

What to prepare prior the session?

Inform your kids that your photographer friend is coming to take photos of them so they won’t be totally surprised. Tell us the prohibited area and activities. We understand some parents are concerned on children photos taking their bath. We respect your privacy so let us know beforehand to avoid misunderstanding and awkwardness during the session.

What should I be prepared during the session?

Be comfortable, and relax. I will be there but I won’t be quiet all the time. I want to know more about your family story so let’s have some chit chat. Please remember the activities should be real. Not set ups or posed. We don’t mind to get the quick family photo in your house if you really want to, but it should feel natural and real and shouldn’t be the main highlight of the day in the life session.  Speak Up. If you have any concern during the session, let us know. We don’t want you to be uncomfortable and we want to ensure your baby’s safety is our priority.