46 Self portraits on the occasion of my 46th birthday

by justin on January 10, 2014

in Family, friends

Two years ago, when I turned 44 years old, my friend Brett Howell gave me a great idea. Spend the day making self portraits as a way to celebrate my birthday.  So, that year, when I turned 44, I took 44 self portraits. Last year I turned 45 and did 45 self portraits. This year, well, you know the drill. So here they are: 46 self portraits on the occasion of my 46th birthday.


Good morning



Like tiger cubs, those kids


There’s not a sweater or socks in any of those boxes. I didn’t know that then, but I do now.



I’ll probably step on about half of those in the next week or so

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Our neighbor and friend, Liz, was walking by. I asked her to be in the picture.



On my way to the office.


Amy surprised me and invited friends to the office.


Michal Czarnecki- Alden and Ashley Aikele – Mindy Gledhill (front row) – Sydney Macfarlane – Brady Parks – Courtney Kendrick – Leah Wright (front row) – Amy (front row) – Brian Kershesnik – Julie Mackay – Brooke and Rich Hoopes

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Mindy Gledhill


Courtney Kendrick


Brian Kershisnik

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Double exposure. Still just counts as one picture, though.



She’s worn out. Planning parties, plus, being 8 months pregnant is hard work.


On our way to dinner.



Checking out the menu at our favorite restaurant – Communal.


After Cub Scout Pack Meeting.


Baskin Robbins


Reading Minnie and Moo to the boys.

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John Waire January 10, 2014 at 6:51 am

…enjoyed this the 1st time you did it…and still do. Happy Birthday Justin! It looks like it was a fun day. Wishing you and the family well.

Geoff Steurer January 10, 2014 at 9:48 am

I love these photos! You are blessed in your 46 years with lovely friends and, more importantly, a beautiful family. Thank you for sharing your gift with all of us. Happy Birthday!

Alison January 10, 2014 at 9:53 am

I love this! And the fact you went to a pack meeting on your birthday! I think the shower one is my favorite. Ha! Glad you were born!

Steve Olpin January 10, 2014 at 9:55 am

that is a real sweet series,
I love it.
happy birthday again.
and thanks for the birthday cup cake it was extremely tasty.
talk soon,
Steve O.

heather nan January 10, 2014 at 10:15 am

Oh Justin! Happy Belated Birthday friend. You always bring a perfect touch of humor. I love that about you. I love seeing Amy pregnant, what a beautiful woman. Thank you again for this fun series.

Loni January 10, 2014 at 10:20 am

You are very creative; I couldn’t think of 45 different portraits no matter how hard I tried.

rychelle January 10, 2014 at 10:44 am

such an excellent idea, which led to excellent captures.

happy birthday, justin!

amanda January 10, 2014 at 11:07 am

i LOVE that you do this. so awesome.

Camille January 10, 2014 at 11:23 am

I think I get more excited for your birthday than maybe you do! I love how creative you get in just one day. Can’t wait for 47, (but you probably can)

rachel January 10, 2014 at 11:35 am

this is my favorite thing that happens ALL year. hbd, jh!

Nish January 10, 2014 at 11:40 am

LOVE this, Justin!

Melonie January 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm

I have a crush on Brian K., just sayin’.
Happy Birthday!!!!

Melissa January 10, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Justin–so creative and fun. I love it! Thank you for sharing yourself. And Happy Birthday!

elizabeth January 10, 2014 at 2:18 pm

these are so good – I can’t pick a favorite.
happiest of birthdays to you and I look forward to next year’s installment.

Kathy January 10, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Love this idea :)

Jennifer Platt January 10, 2014 at 2:46 pm

You’re so cool. I love this. Remind me sometime to tell you about my photo study- asking the question: “What is a typical day in your life?” and giving participants a digital camera to document it. Happy belated cool guy

ColorMeKatie January 10, 2014 at 3:33 pm

I love this so much!! Happy Birthday Justin!

justin January 10, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Thanks, Heather. And I hope you’re doing good. I miss you, friend. It’s been too long.

justin January 10, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Thanks, Steve. I’m so glad you stopped by. I’m thinking of that as a birthday present.

justin January 10, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Thanks so much, Katie!
I would love to see your approach to this. I’m sure it would be spectacular.

Happy New Year, friend.

justin January 10, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Melonie, I know where you’re coming from. I think you’re not alone, there.

Molly McButta January 10, 2014 at 11:43 pm

We love you and your fam! Great photos [no surprise but always surprising]. Happy B-day! It’s been too long since we last got together – need to plan something soon.

Lisa January 11, 2014 at 6:25 am

I love these photos, and I agree with Loni, I could never have come up with this many interesting and creative self portraits. They tell a great story. With we could have been there to celebrate with you.

Amber January 11, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Well done old friend. What a beautiful life you have made for yourself. Happy Birthday!

Trilby January 11, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Such fun and quite brilliant! Looks like your birthday was a blast as it should be. Love all of these but especially: #2,5,26,27,29,36,43

Aiketa January 12, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Happy belated Birthday!!! This is such a great idea… I might do that next November for my birthday… I still have some time to think about it! :) I loved all your photos!
And you got the Humans of New York book! :) Great gift!

Karen from Chookooloonks January 12, 2014 at 7:15 pm

I live for when you do this every year.

Happy birthday, friend.


Dana February 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm

I loved this!! I’ll be 47 next month and that sounds like soooo many self portraits =)) I’m delighted I found your site! Cheers to your 46th!

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