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.
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.
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.
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.
Nick works from home, but before he retreats to his office upstairs, he works amidst our morning chaos in the kitchen.
We enjoy our cinnamon rolls with “snow” (powdered sugar).
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.
Caroline begs Kate to come out. She finally joins us when she’s good and ready.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next, I get Kate settled in for “room time.”
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.
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.
Thankfully, it’s only a few more minutes until our happy Caroline returns to us. She wants to ride her motorcycle.
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.
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.
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.
It’s well after their usual bedtime and these two little girls are starting to get cranky. Bath time and bedtime routines begin.
It’s Mommy’s turn to put Caroline to bed. She picks out her PJs like this every night.
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.
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.
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!
Sarah 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.