Crowned by nature's gold.

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    Oh hi hello there! Remember me? Ok, it's only been a week. I know. But it's felt like an eternity to me! And since Jenna and Anna have been pestering me ever so sweetly, I thought I'd take a little slice of my day to take and post a selfie.

    You know what I discovered? As much stress and frustration as goes along with daily selfies, there are equal parts release and joy too. Who knew? I've been forcing myself to take a break over the past week. And in the midst of my break, I've felt aimless and antsy and kind of lost. I know it seems silly, but I guess over the past year, the habit of taking a shot every day has helped me to focus my energy appropriately into everything else I do as well. I'm not saying there weren't days when I went crazy bonkers obsessive over getting my shot just right to the detriment of other things. Sure, there were days like that. But for the most part, brainstorming, prepping for, taking and processing my selfies was my time. And I kind of miss that.

    I even thought about starting a year two. I've been feeling that discombobulated. But after talking with Andy, I've decided that it really is too much for me right now. And likely what would end up happening is that I would peeter out somewhere about a third of the way through and either quit or start half-assing every shot. I don't want to do that. So instead, I'm going to be starting up a new project or two in the next few weeks. Projects that don't require me to take and post a shot every day. But they will give me the motivation that I clearly need to take pictures. And hopefully they'll help me to continue improving in my photography.

    In the meantime, you can look at my pretty forsythia crown that I made for this shot today. And I have my first maternity shoot on Saturday! So hopefully I'll be able to share a few of those shots as well.

    It feels good to post. It feels good to ramble on and on down here too. :)

    Hi Jenna! Hi Anna! Hi Cat!

    Talia Sara, Paguma / Darren, catklein, and 26 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. .brianday 60 months ago | reply

      I'm fairly new to your stream after running across so many tributes to you around Flickr. I missed the whole 365 experience, but my god your work is incredible. Witty, whimsical, and just plain cool. I want to do a tribute just to randomly stumbling upon awesome photographers... :)

    2. Meana Flowers [deleted] 60 months ago | reply

      I missed your pretty face, you look beautiful in yellow!

    3. *TLM* 60 months ago | reply

      Oh, I'm waiting for our forsythia is to be in bloom.. so pretty in yellow :)

    4. eweliyi 60 months ago | reply

      It is great to have you back girl! You look fantastic :)

    5. Kim Crowder 60 months ago | reply

      Amazing color!!

    6. AndYaDontStop 60 months ago | reply

      i can tell you that i know EXACTLY that feeling your talking about. it will pass. trust me. and then you'll think you're past it enough to start again. and you might.

      and if you do, i'll be here to see it :)

    7. paperingasmile 60 months ago | reply

      Hai Ali - you're so pretty! I lik your crown. Yellow is a gorgeous colour on you! This shot made me smile and made me feel warm...that's lovely! x

    8. fionnsgirl 60 months ago | reply

      I love these shots! They eye make up was the perfect final touch. Great job! Can't wait to see what you come up with next. :)

      Congratulations on finishing your 365!

    9. JustCallMe_♥Bethy♥_ 60 months ago | reply

      Hoy shit woman. I leave for a week and no one remembers me, you leave for a few days and have the masses waiting for your return. LOL. i can't say i am not a wee envious ;P

      YOU my dear are just stunning in yellow!

    10. alibubba 60 months ago | reply

      That's not true! I remember you and love you!! :)

    11. basiljonez (moving on) [deleted] 60 months ago | reply

      You rock the light!! Always
      Woo Hoo!! Sooooo glad you're going to continue posting :)

    12. JustCallMe_♥Bethy♥_ 60 months ago | reply

      lol, well i MISS the hell out of you!
      shut up. :P Who the hell are YOU??

    13. VKMUSTBEDESTROYED 60 months ago | reply

      I'm pretty much like Ghandi

    14. photosbysavs 60 months ago | reply

      beautiful, ali.
      great attention to detail (makeup, eyes, processing)
      ps. i almost bought that top today at old navy, but i couldn't decide if i'd like it on me. looks great on you!

    15. *M-C1* 60 months ago | reply

      What a perfectly golden image for springtime.

      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    16. JaminBenFreed 59 months ago | reply

      Beautiful!! I really like the colors in this

      and your stream is great!

    17. RhiannonDaire 59 months ago | reply

      YOWZA! Gorgeous and the yellow is awesome!!

    18. obo-bobolina 59 months ago | reply

      that crown is ace. and this is such a pretty shot. great colour and such lovely light. x

    19. Yané 59 months ago | reply

      all of these are fabulous you are always so inspiring ::))

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