Embracing 40

I’ve debated on posting anything about me turning 40 years old today, but at last, I felt it was good therapy to just let it out. Today, November 19th, is my 40th Birthday! So first off, I’ve got to say “Damn, when did I get so old?” Seriously. Ask me on a bad day, when the kids are pushing every button in the book and I will admit that yes, I feel old. But honestly, inside, I still feel young, although when I look in the mirror, the face looking back at me tells a different story. I’ve seen other photographers out there going a la naturale, no photoshop, no skin smoothing, wrinkle remover, nada. So what better date to reveal the truth, my 40th birthday. (ok, I’ll admit, I bumped exposure in Adobe Camera Raw). It’s hard to nail exposure when you are setting the self timer and then trying to pose, hoping your face is in frame. With a quick puff of face powder and a stroke of mascara, this is me:

I have my mother’s blue eyes, and my father’s face. One of my eyes does this little glitch thing where is closes more than the other – got that from my Granny Francis. 🙂 I’ve got the early onset of some great jowels on the side of my jaw. You know, where the sides of your jaw begin to sag like a basset hound? Ya, those. I usually push those in with photoshop in my other photos. I also have nothing but a few scragglely hairs for eyebrows – thanks Daddy for those! I’ve also got the beginnings of a great divide in my forehead, *lovely* little wrinkle right between the eyes.

But for all the things that I feel are lacking & not up to par with me, I have an abundane of things in my life that I am overly thankful for. A loving husband! I have always said that it’s not the good times that define your marriage, but how you got thru the bad times that truly are indicative of your strength & love. And Lord knows, in the last few years, there have been some crazy low times. Three wonderful children. I have been so blessed by them. I’m almost speechless… they’re my life, my soul, and my inspiration. My photography business. Looking back years ago, having my own photography business was nothing but an idea, a dream, something I always really wanted to do, but didn’t think I was good enough to do or had the guts to start. It’s now a reality. And along with that, I’ve got the best clients a girl could ask for. Thank you all for making 2010 a wonderful & memorable year for me!

sandy - November 20, 2010 - 7:25 pm

happy birthday to the best photomaid i know, rae!

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