A couple of months before my 40th birthday, I came up with the idea of documenting the occasion through a photo session. After all, the stages of our lives aren’t adequately portrayed in a single image of a person with a cake. A bit of an anomaly, I’m not uncomfortable in front of the camera, yet in all of the years of being a professional photographer, the only photos I have of myself were as part of family sessions (yes, I pay other pros to take our family photos) or trading a few headshots with a friend.
What I’ve come to learn in this business is that women are often critical about how they look in the present day, yet they look back at old photos and say “I was so pretty then. I wish I had realized it.”
I’m not immune to this. I have my little hang-ups, and overall I describe myself (in every area of life) as ‘superbly average.’ However, my work as a photographer, and particularly with women, helps me frame any negative thoughts in reality. That reality is... we are all fantastic, just the way we are, even if just superbly average. I wanted a series of photos of me, at this age and stage of my life, that I, and my family, could look back on someday. I wanted to look like me, the best version of me, and who I am. Plus, it sounded like fun.
So the day arrived for the session, and I somehow felt ill-prepared. I brought a few armloads of clothing, shoes and jewelry options with me to the studio. I quickly got into my element, though. We turned on music (we almost always have music on in the studio), started chatting, finalized our plan, and then started with makeup.
While Kim was doing her magic, Atlanta set about the studio setting everything up. She came in to check on us every once in awhile. Then it was time to shoot! It was honestly a lot of fun. We opened champagne, of course, because not only were we celebrating the occasion, we were having a great time doing it. Atlanta and Kim really made it easy on me.
That's all for today. I'll post the results of the session tomorrow, on my actual birthday.