a day in the life | lena antaramian

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? You loved Sara’s ‘A Day In The Life’ post so much that we decided to make it a regular new series for you in which a couple CMpros per month will photograph their day and share it with you. This month, Lena Antaramian is sharing a day in her life!

a day in the life | lena antaramian

The day I picked out for these Day in the Life images was a day in late August when my twin girls turned 5.5.  As you may know, turning 5.5 is a VERY big deal and I wanted to make this half birthday very special for them.  It turned out to be a very action packed day – which is not very typical for us.  So welcome to the craziness that was my girls’ 5.5 year old birthday!

I usually go to the gym in the morning and since my daughters’ school has not started, I take them with me.  But the morning of their half birthday I decided to skip the gym and instead have a leisurely breakfast at home.

I am a Facebook addict (if there is an FB Anonymous I should probably join!), so one of the first things I do in the morning is check what my FB friends have been up to:

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

Then, as she frequently does, one of my girls came to visit me in bed – with her blanket, a ladybug pillow and her stuffed animals in tow of course:

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

We hung out for a bit till her sister woke up, and then Alexa was off to far more exciting things than spending time with Mommy – i.e. playing with her new princess dolls with Mia:

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

After convincing them that the time has indeed come to make their beds, get dressed and have breakfast, Alexa got sidetracked pretending to fight off dragons using her straw as a sword

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

before finally getting ready and making her bed:

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

Breakfast usually is a very simple affair in our house – cereal and a fruit/vegetable smoothy.  I love love love my blender (Vitamix) – it is my favorite kitchen gadget and by far the best money I ever spent!  But I digress…

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

In honor of the girls half birthday I decided to add something special – namely animal waffles!  And since I am not very crafty I had to rely on the help of the Internet to find detailed instructions on how to make them:

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

While I was creating my masterpiece in the kitchen, the girls were busy creating their own masterpieces with crayons and coloring books:

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

Although they took a while to make and looked not much like what I saw online, I took a lot of pride in my animal waffles and the girls’ reaction was definitely worth the time I put into creating them:

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

My Mother-in-law came over to accompany us for furniture shopping for my brand new natural light photo studio.  But before we headed out, she got caught up in a game with the girls – there were lots of stuffed animals in the air!

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

While furniture shopping I snuck in a few selfies:

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

Tried to take a few pictures of my girls but Alexa did not want anything to do with me and my camera and after about 2 seconds Mia gave me the universal ‘no more pictures!’ gesture…

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

Half-Birthday girls had a long discussion on what they wanted to do for lunch, weighing pros and cons of every restaurant/cuisine I proposed, eventually settling for an Indian restaurant:

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

After a yummy meal, I saw another mirror and snuck in another selfie on the way out:

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

I promised the girls that we would do something special so I took them to Build-A-Bear.  We have more bears than we know what to do with, so this time around they decided to build Twilight Sparkles – their favorite from My Little Pony.

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

They took creating their Twilight Sparkles very seriously – and followed directions (including rubbing the hearts to their noses and making a wish for their pets) to the T.

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

Once we got home, I did some editing:

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

while the girls watched My Little Pony with their new pets:

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

By then I was exhausted so decided to take a shortcut and instead of baking two cakes, I figured that it would only be appropriate if the girls celebrate their half birthdays with a half cake (instead of a full cake) each.  The girls (and their Twilight Sparkles) were great helpers:

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

An impromptu dance party broke out in the family room when Daddy came home from work:

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

And after dinner there were two half cakes, two sets of 6 (for good luck!) candles, two well thought-out wishes and two happy 5.5 year old girls:

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

After the festivities were over I left my very capable husband in charge of the girls, and headed out to a client viewing and ordering session:

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

And after seeing my clients laugh and cry upon viewing their images and helping them pick out two beautiful wall collages, I headed home.  The house was quiet, both my husband and the girls asleep.  Exhausted, I relaxed out in front of a TV with my good friend, Facebook.   I was sad that I did not get a chance to spend much time with my husband but we did remedy that the following day.

a day in the life | lena antaramian photo

Overall, it was an EXHAUSING (took me several days to recover) but very fun filled half birthday!

a day in the life | lena antaramian photoLena Antaramian, New Jersey
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Lena Antaramian of Live Love Laugh Photos is an award-winning photographer who specializes in children and family portraiture out of Ridgewood, New Jersey and also services New York Metro area. She is known for combining lifestyle and fine art photography and capturing candid moments in a timeless fashion. She is a mom to two very different but equally amazing twin girls and a wife to a smart and funny man. She is a self proclaimed bag addict who loves her extensive bag collection, as well as books, dogs, dark chocolate and sunny spring days.

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4 Responses to “a day in the life | lena antaramian”

  1. Sep 09 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    I LOVE that I can you hear you narrate this Lena! Miss you xoxo

  2. Sep 09 2013 at 11:39 pm #

    Love seeing a little peak into your day Lena!!!

  3. Michelle
    Sep 13 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Ack! Please share where you got your portfolio bag/canvas covers!

  4. Jennifer
    Sep 15 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    I loved reading this, but I’m laughing too – I live in Northern NJ as well and when I saw one of the pictures, I was thinking “Wow, that looks like Ridgewood” – then I see that you do indeed live in Ridgewood! :) Your girls are beautiful!

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