I'll be the first to admit that it's been extremely quiet around the Herlihy Photography blog lately. A busy August paired with a husband leaving for a long trip and two weeks out of town for my little girl and me has really put me behind on my blogging. My goal is to get back to a regular blogging schedule of 2-3 times per week, minimum, and get you all caught up on all of the beautiful clients I've photographed over the past few months. To kick off this period of catching up, I'm starting with a post showcasing my own daughter's fourth birthday portraits. These were taken the weekend after her birthday on a Saturday morning in the field behind our home. I just LOVE this field for photos and hope that it is a very long time before someone decides to build a house there.
My daughter is definitely my toughest client. I ended our "session" feeling like she was rambunctious and crazy the entire time, and that we didn't get the shots I wanted. Sometimes we forget when we go into sessions that our young children were not meant to sit still and smile. As I looked back over her images later, I was in love with them, and couldn't believe that I had finished the session feeling the way I did. I was happy, because they captured HER, four year old her. The four year old little girl who loves princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, the color pink, and reading the same 101 Dalmations book every. single. night. The little lady who would eat a peanut butter sandwich, plain cheese pizza, or a strawberry Special K bar for every meal if I'd let her. And the crazy little girl who is always dancing, singing and lighting up the room whether we're at home or in a crowded restaurant. I'm not sure why I even wanted her to sit still and smile for her photos, because that wouldn't be showcasing who she is. I am looking forward to making a photo book of these photos along with about 30 other favorites from her session so that one day we can look back and remember what a fun, energetic and beautiful little person she was at age 4.
As parents, it is totally normal to want the "money shot" of our children perfectly posed and smiling for the camera. But please, during your next photography session whether it's with me or another photographer, remember this post and think about how you want to TRULY remember your children a few years down the road. Picture perfect or dancing, laughing, and playing, making those silly faces that make them who they are. I strive to get both a posed shot and more relaxed, natural images, so do your best to sit back, take a deep breath, and have fun while we capture your family's memories! :)