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The happiest of days.

Sometimes, when you least expect you, you hear the innermost thoughts of someone special. It’s weird how it happens. It’s weird when it happens. But, well, it feels dang good when it happens. Recently, at dinner with our friend Alex, it happened. Alex and Steven were discussing Steven’s upcoming birthday. It wasn’t just any old birthday, it was a big one. It was the I’m-no-longer-in-my-twenties birthday. The big three zero. I smiled and batted my eyelashes as he spoke, as I always do. I know I’m turning thirty, he said, but I feel young. She makes me feel young. Her excitement for life and her ability to live for the moment. I love it. I appreciate it. So really, I don’t feel like I’m getting older at all. After my heart melted, I filed that conversation away in the “reasons why I love him” folder, the one with all the hearts drawn on the cover. And now I’m sharing it with you.

I wanted to take a moment and put this out there, to him, to my love, to my Steven – YOU make ME feel young. YOU make me feel happy. YOU make me feel alive. I don’t know if you’ll ever understand how thankful I am for you. I know you work hard for us, you always have, and I am forever grateful. Thank you for being the backbone to me. Thank you for loving every stubborn bone in my body. Thank you for always supporting me, coaching me, loving and kissing me. Thank you for being the foundation to our little life. Without you, I would be sitting on some random bench, with my head in the clouds, never putting my feet down long enough to build roots. With you, I know I have roots. And today, I thank you and I celebrate you. Happy, happy 30th birthday my love. Enjoy your day!

In honor of his special day, I wanted to remember him at this moment in time. What he’s like right now. His hair, his clothes, his smile. If I could capture his smell and share it with you I would. Well, maybe not because I’m selfish with his scent and I like to breathe him in all by myself. But I will share a few quick frames we caught yesterday before the sun set. And because he’s my husband, it’s my blog and everything is better with a slideshow, here’s some more fun.

This is my favorite shot of him now. I’m biased but really, this is my favorite way to see him.

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  • Jasmine*March 26, 2010 - 6:29 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Steven!! We love you guys!! 🙂

  • LeoraMarch 26, 2010 - 7:50 am

    This post brought tears to my eyes- it was so real and heartwarming.

  • KishaMarch 26, 2010 - 7:56 am

    this is so sweet! & can i say that these are some of my favourite pictures of yours – seriously. there’s just something about them – they are really really great. you can tell you really were into this shoot (not that you aren’t into ALL of your shoots….)

  • alicia fierroMarch 26, 2010 - 7:57 am

    knowing how you felt as you took photos of the person you love most makes these especially beautiful to me.

  • Lacy DagerathMarch 26, 2010 - 7:59 am

    Ala!! I LOVE these!! I think ONE of my many favs is the one of him laying on his back with the records above his head that you shot from overhead..but REALLY they are all FANTASTIC!! Happy Birthday Steven!! 🙂

  • s h e r r yMarch 26, 2010 - 8:08 am

    Happy Birthday! 🙂 I love the ones with the records 🙂

  • Mary DunlapMarch 26, 2010 - 8:12 am

    I love this session. Great idea and the music theme is so much fun! The 4th photo is my fav!

  • AlejandroMarch 26, 2010 - 8:18 am

    I’m glad I got to witness when your heart was melting! You guys are totally rad, and I hope Anna and I can hang out with you two whenever we’re in LA. All the best to Steven on the big 3-0.

  • DiandraMarch 26, 2010 - 8:26 am

    I would NEVER guess he is 30! These are great pictures Ala! 🙂

  • Yadira LaguerreMarch 26, 2010 - 8:37 am

    Awe! I always love your work but these are truly inspired and super fabulous. My fave! Happy Birthday, Steven!

  • OleideeMarch 26, 2010 - 8:47 am

    Ahhhhh…..what a marvelous,incredible,creative way to package “a gift of love” on his 30th birthday — one of a kind amazing gift from the heart!!! Absolutely love it…love it…your style, your images, your Steven, and You! Happy Birthday,Steve! Enjoy your dirty, thirty, tacky, tshirt party tonight.

  • Gladys jemMarch 26, 2010 - 9:35 am

    Aw. Beautiful post! Happy Birthday Steven! Hope you guys enjoy the day together! Eat lots of cupcakes 🙂

  • Marissa RodriguezMarch 26, 2010 - 10:14 am

    I LOVE that he said that you keep him young! *sigh* This is such a beautiful post! You did such a great job on the photos!

  • Lindsay RamirezMarch 26, 2010 - 10:31 am

    I love those photos! Great job!

  • Catie RonquilloMarch 26, 2010 - 11:08 am

    Happy Birthday Steven! I WILL meet you both in person someday 🙂 Beautiful words for a beautiful day!

  • KimBMarch 26, 2010 - 11:54 am

    Great pictures as always! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  • christinaMarch 26, 2010 - 12:32 pm

    beautiful words for your love! how fun are these photos, totally gave us a glimpse at his fun personality. hope you both have a great time celebrating his birthday weekend!

  • AmyPunky PhotographyMarch 28, 2010 - 1:20 pm

    This is so sweet!!!! Happy birthday, Steven!!!

  • AraceliMarch 29, 2010 - 9:24 am

    Hi Bday Steven! 30 is a great age to be 🙂 You have the coolest shoes!!

  • KathrinaMarch 29, 2010 - 12:27 pm

    This might be my favorite session of yours to date. I heart you both…even if I don’t know you 😉

  • Renee BellMarch 29, 2010 - 2:44 pm

    oohhh he is a spunk!!!!
    gorgeous pics 🙂

  • Katelyn JamesMarch 29, 2010 - 3:32 pm

    Hellooooo fellow Jstar bride! I must say that I adored your wedding and now I’m in love with your photos! 🙂 Your website is FABULOUS!

  • Fiona KMarch 29, 2010 - 3:55 pm

    These are so cool. What a great memory of a special birthday… my fav is 3rd from the top.

  • FeliciaApril 6, 2010 - 9:29 am

    I just adore this new blog, and of course, the old one or should I say oldie but goodie, right? :D. I love your photos, they move me and I can’t help but think one day, I will call upon you to capture one of my special moments!! For sure!
    Thank you so much for sharing your photos as well as some of your intimate moments.
    Great job!!

    p.s. I put my on-line work portfolio just cause, feel free to browse or not either way thanks for your time!

  • MaryApril 9, 2010 - 8:46 am did I miss this??? I am obsessed with these images! So amazing! I hope you had an amazing bday Steven!

  • AdelaApril 11, 2010 - 10:35 am

    Great pictures!! Where were these taken?

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