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!
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.
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!
Last year's headshots featured my braces, so I was quite excited to update my headshots with my new smile.
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!
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!
I call this set "The Grown & Sexy." I definitely look my age here, and I don't hate it.
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.
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.
I always have to throw something cheeky in there. You know me. 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 :)