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Happy Birthday To Me : A self portrait present to myself <3

“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 ;)


  • Daniel Tuck

    Happy birthday Alex!! Looking forward to another year of inspirational, beautiful photography from you :)

  • Rocio DOleo

    This is wonderful!
    Happy birthday Alex, keep inspiring us!
    I wish you the best because you deserve it! <3

  • Dallas

    Alex!!! You’re so beautiful and this photo is absolutely incredible!!!

    Have the best birthday ever :)

  • Roxana

    Loooved the photo, but the sketch? That’s amazing! :)) Haha, just Happy birthday to you, talented woman!

  • Emilia

    I love, love, love this picture!!! It’s gorgeous and you look fantastic! Have a very happy birthday! I hope this day becomes super special and you have a blast! Many blessings for and a huge hug, from Ecuador to you! (You are 23 years old? Goodness, you made feel so old today… I’ll be dragging my feet the whole day now, I’m 30 freaking years old… Old being the key word, I’m telling you, I should be younger than I am)

    Ps. I hope you get lots of presents!


    BEAUTIFUL – I absolutely love both images. Happy Birthday beautiful girl! xx

  • melissa

    aaahhh you’re so young! :P

    I love the idea of annual tradition, but I especially love the COLOURS! geeeeeeez

  • AKP Photography

    Happy birthday :D

    Im turing 23 also in about 2 months :P

    Best wishes for the rest of the day :D

  • Rachael McCall Clegg

    You look adorable, yellow is a great color on you! Happy Happy Birthday!!

  • Kathy

    So beautiful! Happy Birthday, darling! I hope yours is wonderful.

    Oh, and if you don’t have a post about how you do your self portraits, you need to get on that, stat!

  • Jamie

    beautiful, i love it! happy birthday and what a lovely way to celebrate! here’s to a year of opportunity and joy for you Alex.

  • Tina

    Just Gorgeous!

  • Sarah Waggoner

    hah. i totally draw cheesey drawings for photoshoots. i’ve made it a goal to buy a cheap sketchpad and keep it with me for times of inspiration. too bad i don’t have an ipad. ;) you are absolutely gorgeous alex! i love this photo! and i’m totally jealous of your dress! happy birthday pretty lady!

  • Shawna

    Happy Birthday! Beautiful birthday self-portrait. I <3 yellow!

  • Girish

    Happy birthday and wish you a great day ahead, Alex

  • charlotte

    love the self-portrait(and the drawing)!

  • Ken L

    Happy Birthday Alex – have a good day – make it a couple of days its the weekend – you deserve it.

  • Francine

    Happy birthday Alex! You’re such a sweetheart and it’s so nice to see how joyous you are in this especial day! That drawing is cute, isn’t it? I think so. And your final picture! Oh, so yellow! I’m delighted, it is so beautiful. :)

  • Rod

    Happy B-day Alex. You look beautiful. Yellow does you well and great shot.

  • Lucy Woodrow

    Happy Birthday Alex!! xx

  • Fernando

    *Laughs at drawing skills*
    *Is immediately shot*

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  • Alexis

    Happy belated birthday, Alex!

    God bless you girl! :)

    *Jeremiah 29:11*


  • Amma // Beyond Beyond

    Belated born day wishes :))))) Love the self portrait :)))

  • Adam Allen

    umm… holy wow! How did I miss this? Freaking gorgeous!

  • Ali

    So gorgeous, Alex. I’d die if I found a field like that near me. Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

  • Marie Santos

    Happy Birthday! I’d love to see the before shot.