commemorating thirty

how does someone who was pretty much mentally ready to turn 30, but still feels not adult enough to be 30, celebrate the event?

with a photo shoot, duh.

as we all know, a little less than a month ago, i turned 30. i pretty much had gotten over the whole “wahhh i’m not married, i don’t have kids, i’m single as a dollar bill, i hate my job(s), I’M NOT READY FOR THIS nonsense a while ago. However, i felt like I needed to do something frivolous and fun for myself to officially leave my twenties behind.

i searched all over the internet for a photographer who does session photography that wouldn’t cost me my first born. who knew that would be such a debacle? i must have looked at 100 photographer’s websites, facebook pages, and instagrams and the bottom line was unless you were getting married, newly engaged or becoming a parent, it was going to be very hard to find someone without emailing for pricing. i’m not against shooting off a quick email, i just didn’t want to waste anyone’s time.

just when I was about to give up, i  was talking to my cousin’s wife and she was telling me that she has a friend that does all of their family photo shoots. i asked if she thought her friend would be interested in doing something like this and made sure i wouldn’t look like a creep if i sent her a facebook message. once she assured me that i wouldn’t look like a creep (which was my bigger concern over if she would be willing to even do this.), off to facebook i went.

i had a definite vision for this shoot because my mind is a pinterest board. i knew i wanted to incorporate balloons, glitter, confetti, and the brooklyn promenade. i wanted it to be fun and flirty. actually, what i told stephanie was i wanted it to be very sex and the city minus carrie because, quite frankly, she was annoying and i am not a fan. thankfully, stephanie was totally on board.

i wanted to have fun props to work with because i think they make these things fun. i found big, chunky glitter and a confetti popper at target. my inner martha stewart came out and i put together a “thirty for beginners” book. well, book cover.


i went to target and found the binder, which was the perfect shade of pink. i headed over to the craft section and found the letters and hoped that they would fit. they did, thank martha.


i met stephanie on the promenade and we immediately got started. she brought some great props as well so i was even more excited. i warned her that i suffer from resting bitch face and my nose gets a little hook-like and my feet stick out so just warn me and ill fix myself. i love being in front of the camera as much as i love being behind it, but this was totally out of my comfort zone. i had no idea what to do with my arms, how to smile, or more importantly, how to smeyes. i feel like i fell into the groove pretty quickly. once i got my face down pat, and the balloons started to cooperate, i started to worry less and less what i looked like and more about having fun.

after a few shots, we decided to incorporate the balloons so that we didn’t have to worry about the wind. admittedly, they were a pain in the neck but, to me, so worth it. i love balloons, especially in photo shoots. they’re fun and add an element of whimsy.

i thought i’d use my blue light blocking glasses to make myself more studious because i need to know all i can about being in my thirties. it’s a whole new decade! even though that’s an empty binder and i don’t really wear glasses. it’s all about the aesthetic.

next we tried with the glitter. i have always wanted to do a glitter photo shoot. throwing it, blowing it, whatever. the first few attempts were ok, but stay tuned for some really good glitter action.

we moved off the promenade to the surrounding brownstones. the brownstones were what i truly loved about going to school in that area. they are beautiful in every season, they have charm and tons of history. then there’s me loitering, blowing glitter all over them. #norespect.

we happened to spot a taxi cab waiting for a pick up a little ways down the block. i loooove taxis so when stephanie asked if i wanted to use it, i was so game. the driver was so nice and let us take a few shots near and in the car. the cab was from new jersey and i told him i need to stay on this side of the state line.

we found another stoop to sprinkle a little 30 dust on. i don’t think you’re ready for this magic.

we took a few more shots, including using the confetti popper and then called it a day.

if we could do this every week, i would. i had so much fun and i LOVED the outcome.

I’M READY FOR YOU, THIRTY. (even though, i’ve been thirty for almost a month already.)

*if you live in Brooklyn, or close enough, and need a photographer, go to stephanie’s instagram and send her a message!

**i’m trying out the whole not worrying about capitalizing thing. i’m not sure how i feel about it yet. my grammarly sure hates it though.


new look!

I just have to say it- how pretty does my little space on the internet look?

I don’t mean to brag but…
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I’m really in love with it. If only I could package my life together so neatly. Anyway, the reason for the change was I made the jump to self-hosting. I haven’t decided if this is the best or worst decision I’ve ever made. There’s still some things to iron/figure out but for the most part, this is it.

The reason I decided to make the switch is when you self host everything you post is yours. I post alot of my own photography and want to keep it that way, MINE. Especially if I’m going to keep entering photo contests.

Speaking of photography contests, yesterday was August 10. According to the first letter I should have known the outcome by then. I didn’t hear anything but I’m going to stay positive and give it a few days because the mail has been a bit wonky lately.



I hope you like the new look. Tell me how pretty it is what you think in the comments!

Let’s discuss!


coolest phone case ever!

Remember how I said I ordered new phone cases and they were the coolest ever? Well, take a peek! I also ordered one with pink glitter and gold stars but that one hasn’t come in yet. I got them from a seller on Ebay. I have a Samsung Galaxy S5 but I know that they also have them for the iPhone.

When I was little I used to go nuts over those placemats filled with water and had either fish or trucks or whatever floating around in them. That’s what these sort of remind me of. Or, if you’ve ever been to the New York Aquarium, they have an indoor waterfall that gushes down every 45 seconds or so (I wish I could find a video that was not from a stranger’s vacation. It’s actually pretty cool.). This sort of reminds me of that except with glitter.

New phone case! #itsthelittlethings #thankgodforebay

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This is also a perfect opportunity to follow me on Instagram! While you’re doing that, come over and follow my Bloglovin’ and Twitter feeds as well! And hey, for shits and giggles, why don’t you like my Facebook page too!?

Do you remember those placemats or am I alone here?

Let’s discuss!

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