40! The Ultimate “F” Word.
40 Days. 40 Photos.
A Photo Series by: Emily Anne
February 25, 1981 at 5:18 AM. The day I entered into this world. It’s hard to imagine how quickly the past 40 years have gone. To say out loud that I am turning 40 this year is, well, actually – quite exciting! Sure it’s also a little wild-and-crazy, but let’s be honest – 40 is the new 20, right?!
I went back and forth with what to do in honor of me turning 40 years old. Many thoughts, ideas, visions and dreams came to mind. I wanted to gift something special to myself that would help me celebrate entering this new decade of my life.
I thought about hiring another photographer to capture photos of me – but the more I thought about it – the more I realized that they would be capturing photos of me through their lens and their eyes. I wanted to capture myself through my lens and my eyes.
So, that’s exactly what I did! I purchased a ring light, set-up a spot in my sunroom and spent days upon days, weeks upon weeks, capturing moments of myself.
It was quite the project.
Taking 40 photos of myself over 40 days was no easy feat. I had to think of different looks, facial expressions, thoughts, feelings and emotions that would embody me at this moment in my life. I wanted to seize the moments in time, so I could look back and remember the minutes, hours, days and weeks that I spent on this photo project; and how much it meant for me to capture my own spirit. No one loves me quite like I love myself. I can proudly say that, now. I LOVE ME! It’s taken me a long time to get here.
I hope everyone can openly and honestly say that they love themselves. There is no greater love than that of thyself!
As for me, I’m just beginning.
This is the season for Pisces. As the dreamiest sign in the zodiac, I have a plethora of compassion and graciousness and my ability to connect with the feelings and emotions of others is a blessing and a curse. I’ll continue to be confronted with new lessons, like years behind me, and I’ll find ways to navigate the world without sacrificing myself.
I have no clue what the future holds, but I know I have lots of ideas, visions, dreams and goals and I am ready for all the new opportunities’ headed my way!
Stay tuned…and remember:
“Life is not about who you once were. It’s about who you are now, and who you have the potential to be” -unknown
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