It’s a rare thing for a family to have a photographer follow their every move through most of a day, but that’s exactly what Chad and Kate Hawk invited in when I arrived at their home at 6:30 one recent Friday morning. Chad is our chiropractor, and an amazing one at that. We had proposed doing a Day in the Life session with his family to him and Kate, and they jumped at the idea. Naturally, it can take a little while to get to know one another and establish that ever-required sense of trust between photographer and subject, yet their family was wonderful in their ability to simply go on about their day, with nary a wink or nod to the camera, save for a couple of moments which will be inherently obvious later.

To be able to document this family’s day was an incredible experience for me. As wedding photographers, Anne and I are witness to a wide variety of ways that families express their love for one another, and thus it was Chad and Kate and their wonderful kids. It is hard to imagine a couple more tender and caring for people in general and their family specifically then these two, so it was quite an honor to be able to be a part of this, to bear witness to a simple day in their everyday life. Thank you both, and I hope these images offer some wonderful memories of the day for years to come.

Their mellow dog greeted me as I pulled up that morning.

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Chad’s coffee mug is the best…”What a Guy”.

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It takes some of us a little longer to awaken than others.

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Morning greetings and hugs all around…

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Making waffles…

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I love this. There was no pretense, no nothing. Just kids being kids.

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Someone could use some coffee. I’m not saying who, but I mean, really…

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Breakfast time!

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Although it was still summer, it was a rather chilly morning.

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Chad, in addition to adjusting peoples’ spines, has worked at an area farm to take care of their farm animals as well, such as this lucky horse, on Chad’s semi-day off. The dog behind it’s hind legs was trying to snap at flies flying around.

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Even the dogs get an adjustment.

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Back at home and enjoying a sloped driveway.

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Ah, the rigors of a dirt road when you have training wheels…

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At midday I took a break for a short bit, so that’s what we’ll do here, and coming up in a short while will be Part 2. Stay tuned!

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