A birthday photoshoot for me, and why you should book a personality session

June 06, 2019  •  246 Comments

A birthday photoshoot for me, and why you should book a personality session

Two women throwing confettiConfetti PoppersWhat better way to celebrate your 29ish birthday than an over-the-top photo shoot with your best friend?

Woman celebrating a birthdayForever 29ishMe holding a Forever 29 banner we ordered for our birthday photo shoot. My best friend Chelsea and I are practically the same person. We act alike, like the same things, we are both photographers and were even born on the same day.

Every year we spend our birthdays together, this year was no exception. We struggled to come up with an idea of what to do this year. Eventually we came up with the perfect plan — a "Forever 29" themed birthday photo shoot. Chelsea turned 29, and I turned 29(ish).

We hired the talented Chelsie Renae Photography who agreed to capture our shenanigans. 

We spent hours deciding what to wear, how to do our hair and makeup and picking the perfect props. There were cakes, champagne, streamers, banners, balloons, confetti, and LOTS of laughs.

We are over the top on a daily basis, to say we were extra on this day would be a very accurate understatement. 

Mother Nature blessed us with the perfect, overcast day for our shoot. Chelsie was a blast, humoring our shenanigans with the perfect amount of direction and letting us have fun. 

Why do I write all of this? Because I wish more people would do what we did that day.

It's common to hire a photographer for weddings, when you have a baby, when that baby is a senior in high school for the occasional family session. You want to remember these important moments of other people. But how often do you hire one for yourself?

Woman biting into a cakeMe taking a big bite of cakeThanks to Wegman's for the cake, it was delicious! Frosting covered faceMouth full of cakeNothing says birthday like a frosting-filled smile. Champagne bottle explosionChampagne bottle explosion Pro tip, you don't need to shake the champagne to get it to explode, but it sure did make it fun! I am guilty of this too. The only time I have hired a professional photographer was for my wedding. I always say I am going to do it, and don't get around to it and I regret it.

I wish more people saw the importance of having photos of yourself — not just of your loved ones. If not for you, then do it for future generations. Something beyond a selfie.

I stress this to people all of the time, this year I decided to practice what I preach. I don't feel terribly comfortable in front of the camera. I carry more than a few extra pounds, I'm starting to get a few grey hairs, and my smile lines are becoming more pronounced. 

None of that matters in the long run. 

I want future generations to be able to look back and think "wow, great-grandma really looked like she was a lot of fun!" The photos I had taken on my birthday illustrated this.

Like I said, my photo shoot was pretty extra and over-the-top. But let's be honest, so am I. That's who I am and I try to embrace it. Your shoot doesn't need to be like that. But it needs to capture the essence of you. 

Love to read? I would love to come up with a bookworm-theme session. 

Fashionista? Get your favorite outfits together and show them off!

Love to bake? Let me come to you and document your passion. 

I am so incredibly passionate about capturing the essence of who people really are and documenting it for future generations — not to mention for yourself. 

If you are interested in a personality shoot, give me a call and we can work out a plan!

Thank you again to Chelsie Renae Photography for her talents in capturing these photos for us.  <3

Pretending to be 29Pretending to be 29It's my birthday and I can be 29 if I want to.



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