“happy birthday to me. happy birthday to me. happy birthday dear AALLLLEEEEXXXXXXX. happy birthday to me.”
YES! It is my birthday! The big two three :).
I can’t tell you how overjoyed I am today. It feels SO GOOD. I am so proud of myself and of everything I have achieved in my life so far. First and foremost I have the most beautiful and incredible people in my life who have gone out of their way to make me feel so special today and who are there for me every day. You know who you are, thank you, I love you! Secondly, I have had the absolute pleasure to be able to make a living doing something that I would do for free because I love it so much. Today I decided to give myself a break, and have banned myself from work, but I still find myself waking up early to do a special self portrait as a gift to myself for my birthday, I still find myself get lost in the editing process, I still find myself here blogging and sharing it with you all. THIS IS WHAT I LOVE TO DO. Images. Editing. Sharing. I’m living my life inspired each and every single day and I love it. The biggest thank you of all goes to myself. Thank you, thank you, thank you. The number of times you have felt to just give up on your dreams, but you persevered. I owe it all to the strength that you had in those moments.
I am SO EXCITED for the future, and I just have to document the happiness I feel right now, so that I can always look back fondly.
So I knew I had to do a self portrait to document today. I kind of went all out with the visualising process and drew it out on my new favourite iPad app, Paper, which I mentioned in my video blog last week. Please try not to laugh at my drawing skills ;)
As you can see, I thought the rape field would be low, beneath my knees. But I was totally wrong. So on arrival to the field I realised that the balloons weren’t going to work, so I had to scratch that and re-evaluate. Also, I wanted to have birthday cake smeared all over my mouth, but ended up not finding the perfect cake so also ditched that idea :) haha.
Anyways, my point is, it’s good to visualise even if nothing goes the way it’s planned haha! Do you guys visualise shoots like this? Or am I the only weird one?
PS One of you mentioned the other day that I love to shoot with my subject in the middle of the frame. Such a bad rule to break in photography, but I find there’s something powerful about it. Weird. It’s been really interesting to notice just how right she was though, I do that a lot.
Anyways, here is the self portrait I shot this morning for my birthday:
This may become tradition. Doing one self portrait for each birthday. Hmmmm… I think I like it.
Hope you all have a FABULOUS FRIDAY! Party hard ;)