Posted by: Michelle Stella Riordan | March 1, 2011

The Life of Riley…

“A baby is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase” ~ Anonymous


Why would anyone want to photograph a baby? 


Why wouldn’t you?


There is this beautiful light that shines from a child’s eyes.  I know the light comes from their soul.  This beautiful, precious life is so honest.  We should all strive to be that honest. 


The Life of Riley...


So here’s Ms. Riley.  An Angel


It’s my purpose in life, as a parent and as a photographer, to connect with that Angel. 

It takes conversation with the mother to fully interpret her desires and to deliver her image of her baby.  This is a mother’s legacy.  I know I want to capture that moment that transcends life.  It’s a gift I can give to a parent to gaze upon during a rough day.  This is a  moment that reminds you of why you wake up every morning and why you count your blessings. 


Life of Riley


I tend to shoot a lot of images.  You have to put in the time and the effort.  For those short on patience, this may not be for you.  Every image does not have to be the child smiling nor looking at the camera. 

I thoroughly enjoy spending my time cooing with a baby.  I know the moment we connect.  We have our own language….silent pictures. 


Life of Riley

Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.”  ~ Richard L. Evans


It’s all in the gear: tripod, remote control timer, Seikonic Light Meter, PocketWizard, Photogenic Lights & Canon EOS 5D.

The Life of Riley

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“The expression, “Living the life of Riley” suggests an ideal contented life, possibly living on someone else’s money, time or work. Rather than a negative freeloading or golddigging aspect, it instead implies that someone is kept or advantaged. The expression was popular in the 1880s, a time when James Whitcomb Riley‘s poems depicted the comforts of a prosperous home life,[1] but it could have an Irish origin: After the Reilly clan consolidated its hold on County Cavan, they minted their own money, accepted as legal tender even in England. These coins, called “O’Reillys” and “Reilly’s,” became synonymous with a monied person, and a gentleman freely spending was “living on his Reillys.” “


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