Larianne's 31st Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT

January 13, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

What a difference a year makes. I just quickly reviewed last year's birthday shoot, and I had no idea then that I would be doing my birthday shoot this year in my own studio. Wow!

Larianne's 31st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Pink Barbie Doll theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Larianne's 31st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Pink has been my favorite color for a long time. So when I was browsing through ASOS and found this cute babydoll dress, I knew exactly what needed to be done--a Barbie Doll theme! The Barbie box is something I have wanted since last year, and I finally got my hands on it just in time for my shoot. Larianne's 31st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Pink Barbie Doll theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Larianne's 31st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

I added the glass effect in Photoshop. It took about 20 minutes per photo. I'm clearly not a Photoshop expert haha. But I look forward to doing this for clients who request it. I think the Barbie Box is the cutest thing ever! Larianne's 31st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Pink Barbie Doll theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Larianne's 31st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Last year's headshots featured my braces, so I was quite excited to update my headshots with my new smile.
Larianne's 31st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Pink Barbie Doll theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Larianne's 31st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Isabelle did an amazing job with my make up, as usual, and she helped me style my hair. Ameerah installed these passion twists the night before the shoot and I love them! Larianne's 31st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. White silver and gold theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Larianne's 31st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

So let's talk about the fact that I'm 31 years old now. Do I feel it? Yes, absolutely. Everything hurts haha. But I'm not sad about my age. I have come such a long way with my entrepreneurship, and I have learned so much about myself. All the headaches and therapy sessions and tears and investing have all been worth it. My goal is to make my future self and my children proud. It's a work in progress, but we're getting there! Larianne's 31st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. White silver and gold theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Larianne's 31st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Larianne's 31st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. White silver and gold theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Larianne's 31st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

I call this set "The Grown & Sexy." I definitely look my age here, and I don't hate it. Larianne's 31st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. White silver and gold theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Larianne's 31st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

At this point in the shoot, I was exhausted. We started make up at around 2:30, and we started shooting this set some time after 7. I struggled to get into these clothes, but I don't think you can tell. Can you?? I would like to think that I did a great job posing myself. So if you can tell, don't say anything.
Larianne's 31st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black on black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Larianne's 31st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

I'm 11 lbs heavier than I was during my last shoot. I can feel it, but I'm ok with it. I prefer the chubby cheeks. Is that alright? Because I have no plans to do anything about the weight. My body is wonderful and I am grateful to have it. Larianne's 31st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black on black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Larianne's 31st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

I always have to throw something cheeky in there. You know me. Larianne's 31st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black on black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Larianne's 31st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Happy birthday to me! I look forward to photographing some beautiful birthday clients this year.


Also, SURPRISE! I have launched an Education Program. Right now, the focus is on photographers, but we have big plans to create Courses & Lectures for entrepreneurs in different fields as well.

Check out the website here: www.tideandtrue.education

 

When I decided to discontinue my Spanish Teacher journey to pursue photography instead, I had a feeling that I would somehow be led back to teaching. It's just a part of me. Both of my parents were teachers, and I had been saying that I wanted to teach since I was 2. Now I'm 31, and look. I'm teaching!

I just think it's funny how things come full circle.

Anyway, I'm very excited to be able to offer this program because I have been mentoring photographers and other business owners for YEARS. Now, I will be able to put all of my brain into one program so that everyone can benefit. Those who were too afraid to approach me before for whatever reason can access all my knowledge in one place.

And when we start adding other Instructors and business owners who have stories to share, it's going to be massive. I'm so happy! Best birthday ever :)


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