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A Day in the Life with Ava and Elle | Rothesay Lifestyle Family Video

One of my fondest memories growing up was Friday night Pizza and Home Movie night. My mom would make pizza and garlic fingers and my dad would find a VHS or set up our JVC camera to watch Mini DV tapes. The simplicity of daily moments caught on camera for us to relive was special beyond words. As a young person, watching myself and my brother as toddlers (or younger) was entertaining and witnessing our parents from a different perspective was mesmerizing. My parents have always been great at capturing our lives through video and photo. My dad was typically behind the camera and my mom would ensure the photos were printed and organized into albums. I would spend hours, sitting on the basement floor, looking through the photo albums.

Photography by Shannon-May Photography

Photography by Shannon-May Photography

My grandparents were similar. It’s hard to put into words how incredible it is to see the photos of my grandparents when they were younger. To experience a piece of their lives through images and rare videos is something I could never replace. A few years ago, my mom came across a video from my grandparents wedding anniversary party, from before I was born. By this point, my grandparents and many other relatives in the video had already passed. As incredible as the photographs are, to watch my Grandpa walk and hear his voice - something I haven’t heard since I was 8 - well, it took my breath away. I am tearing up just thinking about it!

Photography by Shannon-May Photography

Photography by Shannon-May Photography

Fast forward to 2018 when Shannon-May of Shannon-May Photography connected with me about offering a ‘day in the life’ package where she would capture a family with photos and I with video. It was an instant ‘YES’ from me!

In November 2018, Shannon Hunter opened up her home to us for the day so we could bear witness to a typical day in the life with one year old twin girls. We told her not to clean up for us or to plan anything extra. We wanted to document a simple day filled with [extra]ordinary moments. (You might think she didn’t heed our advice about the cleaning and tidying but that’s her house on a normal day!)

Without further adieu, here is a day in the life with Elle + Ava.

A few months later, we visited again to share the photographs and video with Shannon. The girls had already grown and were talking more. With time comes a lot of change and it warms my heart knowing we were able to freeze a single day that they can now share over homemade pizza for years to come.

Now that you’ve watched the video, head over to Shannon-May’s blog for the incredible and perfect images from their day.

Photography by Shannon-May Photography

Photography by Shannon-May Photography