a day in the life | courtney keim

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A Day In The Life with Courtney Keim

Every morning I wake up before 5 to head out to Crossfit.  So often I want to roll over and go back to sleep but it’s literally the only part of the day that I get to be out and do something I love ALONE.  I have to be out of the house by 5:20 to make sure I make it to my 5:30 am class.  Any later, I won’t make it.

a day in the life with photography mentor and online workshop instructor Courtney Keim

crossfit in New Jersey

I get home when most people are just waking up.  The sunrises lately have been amazing and I love a pink fall sky!

New Jersey sunrise

Half the time, Lilliana is still in bed like today.  Our corgi, Laniakea, sleeps with her on the floor and so often is waiting by the door for the great escape.

lifestyle pet corgi photography

sleeping child photography

Due to Hurricane Sandy, the twins’ school is not open so they stay at home with my mom everyday until hopefully next month when it reopens.  It’s amazing what almost 4 feet of water can do to a town and what it has done to our lives.  While I shower, Ken gets them breakfast while my mom helps Lilliana with her schoolwork.

breakfast with twins lifestyle photography

eating breakfast lifestyle photograph

before school homework photograph

Lunch is seriously the same every single day – nutella and peanut butter.

nutella and peanut butter sandwiches

Liliana heads off to school and the twins say goodbye faithfully every day at the window.

heading to school in New Jersey

twins saying goobye at the front door

I’m out the door and at Starbucks before 7:30 am and ordering a triple venti skinny soy 3-pump something. Most days I let them choose what to give me, it just has to not be sweet.

starbucks triple venti skinny soy

I literally drive a block up the road to the high school in which I work and the kids arrive at 7:50.

New Jersey High School

working at a New Jersey high school

It’s an amazing school and I love teaching there, I think it’s the science geek in me – Physics and Chemistry.

High School Chemistry classroom

Chemistry class in High School

High School student studying chemistry photograph

studying Chemistry photograph

Chemistry homework photograph

After work, sometimes I pick up Lilliana and her friend from school.

picking the kids up from school

We make the half hour trek home.

New Jersey highway

Play for just a little bit.

lifestyle pet photography

playtime lifestyle photography

lifestyle playtime photography

And head out for dinner with Lilliana’s buddy and her mom.

dinner out with family and friends

friends eating dinner together

eating out with friends

We head on home to begin the bed time routine (minus the bath since we were out so late due to dinner – baths will be tomorrow AM).

brushing teeth lifestyle photography

bedtime routine with twins

boy bedtime routine

bedtime routine with boys

bedtime routine with twin boys

Once the boys are tucked in, it’s then Lilliana time with nightly BOB book readings.

reading BOB books

Check on the boys a little later for an installment of #wherewillbobogo.

where will bobo go

Then finally at about 8 pm, I get to sit down with a glass of pinot to tackle the photography side of my life.

photography editing

online wordpress workshop for prophoto

And since I am so addicted to Crossfit, I log in at the end of the day to see the whiteboard and where I stand.


And as for tomorrow, the clock is set for an 8am Crossfit wake-up call.  After all, it is the weekend.

About the Author:

Courtney captures her every day with a Canon 5d mark II and varying lenses in a classic yet modern style. Residing in Atlantic City with her surfer husband, princess-clad daughter, and firetruck chasing twin boys, Courtney is a “self-proclaimed science geek” spending her days as a Chemistry and Physics teacher and her off time as a photographer.


  1. Ashley Spaulding Dec 06 2012 at 11:34 am - Reply

    Wow! I’m tired just reading all that you have going on in a day, Courtney…you’re quite the supermom and superwoman! Loved seeing a glimpse inside your life; thank you for sharing with us!

  2. Melissa Dec 06 2012 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Courtney! I loved seeing all about your day! Lilliana is so cute in her school uniform! You are one busy woman!

  3. Sarah Wilkerson Dec 06 2012 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Busy Day!!! All that you accomplish before 7:30a is pretty mindblowing — you are amazing. Love this glimpse in your your life. 🙂

  4. Nina Dec 06 2012 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Busy busy busy!!! 🙂

  5. Kristen Russo Dec 06 2012 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Wow! Keep up the great work, girl.

  6. Lauren Dec 06 2012 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    You are so motivating Courtney, thanks for sharing a little piece of you!

  7. sara Dec 06 2012 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    you are super mom. still have no idea how you do it all, my friend! love you!! xoxo

  8. Mikki Dec 06 2012 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Wow! So motivating to hear what you accomplish everyday!

  9. Allison Jacobs Dec 06 2012 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Loved reading about your day Courtney! It has inspired me to try to capture one of my own days with the camera! Thank you!

  10. Lacey Dec 06 2012 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    It is SO great to see this bit of your daily life, Courtney! I’m amazed by your day! <3

  11. Donna Dec 06 2012 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Oh, I loved this. I hope CM does more of these “day in the life” articles. Sometimes I feel like I am the only one trying to balance a job and family and home and my true love of photography. It is so inspiring to see how someone else manages to make it work.

  12. Joanna Dec 07 2012 at 7:03 am - Reply

    Loved this day in the life, thanks for sharing 🙂

  13. Mara Vaughan Dec 07 2012 at 7:55 am - Reply

    I loved this although it made me have to stop and catch my breath halfway through…. (!) 🙂 I especially loved the photo of your two boys snuggled in bed. This is just such a wonderful season in our lives when our children are young!

  14. Barb Paa Dec 07 2012 at 9:24 am - Reply

    I was tired and then I realized you hadn’t even left your home for WORK!!!! Rock star:)
    Thank you for sharing a day in your life. Your family is beautiful. I especially like the picture of the boys at the window. My daughter did the same thing when she was little, waving to Daddy. I wish I had photographed it.
    PS LOVE that you represented CFSF in your picture!

  15. Megan Dec 07 2012 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Wow, Courtney! You are superwoman!!!

  16. Amii Dec 07 2012 at 11:17 am - Reply

    And…..I’m exhausted reading about your day! HA! I absolutely love these “day in the life” series…gorgeous pictures, Courtney!

  17. Hannah Dec 07 2012 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Wow, you are one busy momma! Love seeing another CrossFit Momma, I have been Crossfitting for 2 years now and love it! It is also my Alone time 🙂

  18. heidi Dec 07 2012 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Courtney, I always love your beautiful shares of your adorable family!!!! 🙂 You look amazing-so awesome you steal that sleepy time away from the morning. 🙂 You inspire me!!! 🙂

  19. stringbeansmom Dec 07 2012 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Wow, Courtney, I felt in a way like I was looking at my own life in a way. I have a 5-year old daughter in school and 3 year old twin boys. I have a day job that I love and a side photography business and also make time to train for marathons. Like you, I am up early in the morning as well and it is non-stop until well after bedtime. I love your work and especially loved seeing a day in your life and I truly believe that staying busy and doing what we love keeps us happy and motivated in life.

  20. Emma Dec 07 2012 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh Courtney, you live a whirlwind life, how do you do it all? I’m in awe of you as usual, lol. If only I could have a drop of your energy, I think I’d get through my days a lot better. Seriously though, I know it must take an awful lot of dedication and willpower to manage everything that you do so well and you’re a total inspiration my friend. <3

  21. Lisa Benemelis Dec 07 2012 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    I loved reading more about you, Courtney. Beautiful beautiful images! 🙂

  22. mommaceleste (Celeste Pav) Dec 07 2012 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    You are one inspiring lady! You rock, seriously, because I know you do all that and plus more!! Loved getting a peek in to your daily life Courtney!

  23. Jenny Dec 07 2012 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    Busy, busy! Loved seeing your photos. Thanks for sharing with us!

  24. Elle Dec 07 2012 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    So busy!! Loved learning more about you, Courtney <3

  25. Danielle Dec 07 2012 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    This is certainly the life of a mom!

  26. Tracy Dec 07 2012 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Love, love, love this, Courtney!

  27. Jess Cadena Dec 08 2012 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    I had to catch my breath! I can only image weekends to be a sigh of relief at the end of the week <3 Love your DITL Courtney! I enjoy the #wherewillbobogo on instagram too 😛 Cracks me up!

  28. Sarah Vaughn Dec 09 2012 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    I’ve often wondered how you do all that you do! Crossfit, mommy, teaching, CM, photography business, etc. etc. etc. You seriously inspire me!

  29. courtney Dec 09 2012 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    thank you all for the kind words! it truly makes my day … week … month. i love every part of my crazy life and can’t imagine doing it any differently. my husband did point out he wasn’t in a single photo LOL!

  30. jodi Dec 11 2012 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    i’m tired just reading this post, lol! love seeing all you pack in to one day!

  31. Jessica Dec 12 2012 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Love it courtney! You forgot to mention people emailing you throughout the day asking you for help with their email, website, etc 😀 Ps-My kids have Nutella and peanut butter everyday too 🙂

  32. Lauren Dec 12 2012 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    Don’t know how you do it all! Good for you for finding your alone time AND coffee 🙂 never get tired of seeing your beautiful babies. Too too cute!!

  33. Dad Dec 12 2012 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    And you never listed that you call me at least three times a day to check on me. I love you, Princess! I hope your work ethic allows you time to smell the roses. I love you and am proud of you and your achievements as daughter, mother, teacher-physicist, photographer and woman!!!

    • courtney Dec 12 2012 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      oh yes. my sweet daddy. a day is not complete without hearing your voice at least three times a day to check on you. love you xx

  34. Anne Manning Dec 12 2012 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    What an amazing crazy life! Thanks for sharing it with us. Love following #wherewillbobogo on IG and I have to say, I’m feeling a little less like an overachiever, having read through just one of your days. LOL

  35. Danielle M Dec 12 2012 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    Love your day in the life 🙂 i also love how close you still are with your Dad-I remember that from college and I hope my girls are the same way!
    You are even inspiring me to try crossfit, lol!

  36. Emily Krbec Dec 15 2012 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Wowwweee kazoweee you’re one busy mama!

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