Birthday portraits are my favorite!

Why? because birthdays are my favorite days of the year.

You have twenty-four hours to celebrate you.... none else... YOU.

How magical is that?

Today is my birthday, and I am so grateful to celebrate one more year, even if that means more gray hair and a few wrinkles.

That's the price we pay for being alive and enjoying this Earth.

Today, like every day, I like to count my blessings to remind myself how fortunate I am.

And I have so many blessings:

  • Even though my family lives far, we are very close and love each other very much.
  • I finally traveled to Cuba; seeing my family after almost three years was the greatest feeling.
  • My sister has become an incredible woman, mother, daughter, and entrepreneur.
  • My mom is learning English and doing an incredible job with it!
  • Ilen Maria has grown so much, but I finally got to photograph her! YAY
  • I have great friends that have become my family away from home. I don't know what I would do without your support and love.
  • I am a portrait photographer, and I love being able to pour happiness into people's lives by giving them photos they love or helping them create a brand legacy.
  • I also started doing photo restorations and have brought vintage images that were almost beyond repair to life. The look on people's faces when I deliver those portraits they thought lost is priceless.
  • Coral Gables, the city beautiful, is my home now.
  • My wanderlust dreams are going to come true soon.

There is so much more I am thankful for, but these are on the top of my list.

I have lived and learned so much this year.

Thirty-eight was, indeed, a great age for me.

I can't wait to see what thirty-nine will bring.

Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

(Bruce Lee)

Birthday Portraits for my 39th Birthday

I am a portrait photographer, and I believe in the power of documenting life as it unfolds.

I got these fabulous photos done to celebrate my last year in the thirties, and I am OBSESSED!

My hair and makeup artist made me look like a queen, and we found a beautiful spot nearby. The light was almost gone, but we did our magic anyways.

Once again, being photographed made me feel like a goddess.

We all need this feeling.

This is 39, folks.

I AM water.

Hair, makeup, and photos by Collage HairStudio Miami

Edited by Odette Fernandez Lopez

And if you want to check my birthday photos from 2019, check these fun birthday portraits of myself