Anu booked this session one year in advance. There was so much build-up of excitement! I can't imagine how she must have felt month after month, watching me post different birthday shoots haha. But the day finally came, and I must say that it was well worth the wait!
I first met Anu when she hired me to photograph her daughter's birthday party a few years ago. Her family is the absolute cutest! When I asked her about her proudest achievement, she said, "My children. They give me purpose." I feel that so much. I don't know what I would be up to right now if it weren't for my boys. Every time I give birth, I aim to level up in life. Children truly are a blessing.
Anu saw a photo that I took during a workshop that I went to in NY. It was during Lindsay Adler's class that I learned Edge Lighting and working hands-on with color gels. We don't have the same equipment that Lindsay had, but we were still able to replicate the photo that caught Anu's eye. I can't believe this was my first time using all of this gear on a client!
I'm always a big fan of women who embrace their age. It's really just a number. Don't hide behind it!, but embrace it For her 40's, Anu looks forward to:
-Spending more quality with her loved ones
-Watching her kids grow and watching their personalities develop
My headshot was very similar to these next two shots, and I think Anu's version might be a little bit cuter. Come throouuughhh, fur coat!
Anu's advice to women who are in their 30's: "Invest in yourself. Quality over quantity. Travel and don’t rush love. You’ll know true unconditional love when you meet your children. Enjoy the ride." Amen, sister!
Happy 40th birthday, Anu! I hope your day was filled with all the love and awesomeness :)