This photograph is far from perfect. The color is off. The intended subject is not in focus. The composure is underwhelming.
Still, it is one of my favorite picture from my adorable niece’s first birthday party.
You see, it was not long ago – Christmastime, to be exact – that Prudence did a whole lot of this…
Today, she is an independent force to be reckoned with.
Like any good sponge, she soaks up everything around her, which, by the way, is both touching and terrifying. She may not be talking just yet, but she seems to understand every word you say and doesn’t miss a thing. Again, both touching and terrifying.
As soon as the camera came out on her big day, she was front and center. I was just setting up so that I could get some good shots later — testing the light, setting my white balance, and tweaking the focus. And, Prudence was all ready to help.
Each time I sat up to take a picture, she stopped to pose for the camera — often making remarkable faces like the one above. Then, when I brought the camera down to check the shot, she came (literally) running around to stand beside me — as if she, too, was reviewing the shot. When I picked up the camera again, she shuffled back and resumed her position to give me another goofy pose or show off a new book. This continued for no less than 10 shots when she finally concluded that her party balloons were way cooler than my camera and I finally dialed-in my settings for the ‘real’ party.
Ultimately, I took all the expected photos that day — the cake, the candles, the presents, etc. But, in the end, these fuzzy, off-color, un-planned pictures will remain some of my favorites.
Lesson learned :: Don’t get so focused on setting up for perfection that you miss the beauty of the “imperfect” moments along the way.