A few days before my 46th birthday, assuming the best, that I would indeed wake up a few days later and be 46, I decided to take a few photos to commemorate the occasion. I had done a celebratory combination birthday/Valentine’s Day shoot the year before, but my intent with these photos was to create a record of what I looked like when I officially began my Late Forties; no makeup, nothing much done with my hair, to be posted unretouched, just me as I would look on any ordinary day that I happened to be wearing a sheer robe and standing on a tiger-striped set.

It was the first of The Birthday Galleries, a tradition I’ve come to enjoy and look forward to every year. It was also my first attempt at a leopard-print cake.

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