a day in the life | sarah carlson

There’s no doubt that our CMpros are busy. They have families to care for, jobs to maintain, many have businesses to look after, and they all know how to take stunning photographs. Have you ever wondered what a day looks like for one of the CMpros? How do they manage their time? When do they get it all done? Today, CMpro Sarah Carlson is giving you a peek inside a day in her life!

a day in the life | sarah carlson

Our Fridays are typically unscheduled for the most part. After a few days of being on-the-go, it is nice for us to have a leisurely morning. Our day starts at 7:30. Kate is already up and out of bed by the time I run upstairs with my camera, but Caroline is still stuck in her crib, so she gets the first shot of the day. She wakes up happy, as usual.

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

My girls aren’t huge breakfast eaters, so instead of eating right away, Kate starts making a card for a friend while Caroline watches a cartoon on one tablet and plays a game on another. I’m not sure how she finagled that.

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

They move on to watercolors. Caroline tells us she’s painting a boy, and Kate enjoys adding the paint straight to the water to see how the color changes. Her paper stays mostly clean.

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

Time for cinnamon rolls to go in the oven. I pop open the tube and let the girls spread them out on the stone. It’s usually Kate’s job to do this, so she’s frustrated with Caroline for putting some on upside down. She fixes her sister’s mistake.

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

Nick works from home, but before he retreats to his office upstairs, he works amidst our morning chaos in the kitchen.

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

We enjoy our cinnamon rolls with “snow” (powdered sugar).

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

Caroline and Kate want to go outside and blow bubbles, and since we’re all in PJs, I tell them we can go in the backyard, not front yard. Kate has a melt down because she wants to go out front. Caroline and I go out, hoping for Kate to follow.

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

Caroline begs Kate to come out. She finally joins us when she’s good and ready.

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

It’s a little too chilly for us out there, so we go back inside and play in the playroom. Our sweet dog, Kirby, likes to be near us always.

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

At some point, we stop to get dressed. Next up is a “masquerade ball” with my little princesses. After that, Kate plays chef and serves us “cake soup” to eat.

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

I promised Kate we could have lunch at Chick-fil-A today. Everyone has to climb in the car themselves these days, and Caroline even wants to do her own buckles. I let her try before I get her tightened down.

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

Here we are! We enjoy our meals, and Caroline mooches off of my food (as always). Chick-fil-A has an indoor playground, so as soon as the girls are done eating, they’re running off to play.

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

We head home for Caroline’s nap. She and I snap a quick selfie in her mirror before I put her down, and this becomes my favorite image of the day.

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

Next, I get Kate settled in for “room time.”

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

And then I get settled in for my “CM time.” I’m currently TA’ing for Composition and Creativity, so I have a few critiques to write up, and I catch up on the boards, too.

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

Caroline takes a long nap, and when I go to get her, she’s still very groggy. It seems she could have used a bit more sleep. She is clingy and fussy as we head outside to play out front.

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

Thankfully, it’s only a few more minutes until our happy Caroline returns to us. She wants to ride her motorcycle.

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

Nick finishes up work, so he takes over kid-duty, and I leave to go take some in-hospital pictures for a friend who just had her baby. The hospital’s just a mile away, so I’m there in no time. This friend is one who played a big role in igniting my photography passion. She took hospital photos for me when Caroline was born, so I am thrilled to get to return the favor today.

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

It’s almost dinner time, and I realize that I didn’t buy all the necessary ingredients for the meal I had planned. Oops! Pizza it is.

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

I get home, and I see I didn’t buy nearly enough pizza. Nick and the girls are hanging out with all the neighbors next door. The girls play, eat their pizza, and play some more.

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

It’s well after their usual bedtime and these two little girls are starting to get cranky. Bath time and bedtime routines begin.

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

It’s Mommy’s turn to put Caroline to bed. She picks out her PJs like this every night.

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

She wants to “read” Clifford by herself, and she’s doing a pretty good job telling the story when Kate and Daddy come in to say goodnight. Hugs and kisses all around.

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

Caroline and I rock, sing songs, and pray. We always sing “Jesus Loves Me” last, and I put her in her crib. She stands for one final picture before getting tucked in.

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

Nick and I enjoy our pizza and catch up on a couple of shows on the DVR. I edit a few of my favorite photos from the hospital and send them to my friend. It’s getting late, and I’m worn out from all the picture-taking today, so it’s bedtime for Mama!

a day in the life | sarah carlson photoSarah Carlson, Texas
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Married with two sweet young girls, Sarah lives in Texas and shoots with a Nikon D800 and a few select lenses. A love for pictures began for her at 16 when she took a high school photography class and then developed further after she got her first digital camera in 2008. The candidness of everyday moments is what intrigues her yet she incorporates a classic and emotive twist in her work. If she had her way, her days off would be spent running errands solo, hang at Starbucks with her laptop and salted caramel mocha, cheer on her Texas Aggies, get together with friends, attend Bible study, and shop in her local historic downtown area.

a day in the life | sarah carlson photo

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19 Responses to “a day in the life | sarah carlson”

  1. Kristy
    Apr 14 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    Sarah- this is just perfect!! What a treasure to have captured a day like this. <3

  2. Apr 14 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    What a fun day, Sarah!! I enjoyed this post so much. What sweet girls!! And CUTE, too!

    • Apr 14 2014 at 5:57 pm #

      Thanks, Melissa! Yes, sweet sisters, just like your girls! :)

  3. lauren
    Apr 14 2014 at 3:41 pm #

    Aren’t girls just the sweetest!!! (most of the time!) Love that shot of her picking out her PJs!

  4. Apr 14 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    I love this Sarah! So great!

  5. Vaune
    Apr 14 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    Beautiful series, Sarah! I need to do this. My faves are them in the tub, and that last one of Caroline in her crib…perfect way to come full circle!!

  6. Apr 14 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    So fun to watch your day unfold Sarah! <3 Love it!

  7. Sarah Harrigan
    Apr 14 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    Love your daughters’ personalities!! They’re so adorable. And what a fun mommy you are, too! :) I love how you’ve captured their day so beautifully. And, what a gorgeously decorated home you have, too- drool. Can you help me decorate??! lol. Just kiddin’. Thanks for sharing such an inspiring day’s worth of images- always love your work. And, the “Jesus Loves Me” was just a cherry on the top- that’s what my sweet girl & I sing every bedtime, too. :)

  8. Apr 14 2014 at 6:20 pm #

    Lauren, for some reason it won’t add my reply to you!

    Thanks! I love that one, too. And if not for the ‘day in the life’ project, I probably wouldn’t have captured that. So glad I did!

  9. Kristin Kelley
    Apr 14 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    Love this Sarah <3 One of my fav DITLs yet! Thanks for giving us a peek!

  10. Katie
    Apr 14 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    These are just perfect, Sarah! Bright, beautiful and so full of joy! :-)

  11. Apr 14 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    Ahh, so sweet!! Such a beautiful story and that selfie is priceless. Love this Sarah!

  12. Apr 15 2014 at 10:13 am #

    Your girls are too cute, Sarah! Loved this day in the life. Such beautiful images of a busy day. Thanks for sharing this glimpse!

  13. Apr 17 2014 at 9:16 am #

    You made your normal everyday life looks so sweet! Lovely images.

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