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November 13, 2015

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Today is a day I have long been looking forward to – my 30th Birthday!!! I was never someone who didn’t enjoy birthdays or found them unsettling. I LOVE celebrating my birthday and I really don’t mind getting older. (The key is you have to remind yourself that you’re not OLD – just Older!) Being alive another year is a blessing and I’m so happy this day is here. I’ve been here for THIRTY years already. How is that possible?? I feel like I was just eleven singing in our church choir… and wasn’t I JUST thirteen going to my first school dance?? Didn’t I JUST graduate high school?? I can NOT believe that 30 years has already passed me by!

SO much of these past 30 years has shaped me to be the person I am today. I’ve suffered tremendous hardships and loss in my family. I lost my father two months before I turned 19. I was left back in seventh grade… thinking too much of my families struggles that I couldn’t even comprehend school at that moment. I almost lost my mother not once, but twice. But I’ve also GAINED so much in these past 30 years. I’ve achieved goals and dreams I never even knew I had. I’ve traveled and discovered so many amazing new places, leaving the fondest memories attached to those places. I’ve found love and a wonderful man that tells me every day that he loves me. I’ve owned 4 cats and 2 dogs! I have the BEST relationship with my family members. I have friends that I love dearly….

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What will the next 30 hold? There are some things I hope to work towards. Getting healthier and losing weight. Keeping my friendships strong and being a BETTER friend. Being the best wife I can be! Having children. Owning a home. THRIVING in this business and making it bigger than I ever dreamed it could be. See MORE of the world and travel to Europe. Do GOOD and give back. I’ve got BIG dreams for my next 30 years! This is everything I’m feeling today! Half of me is insanely nostalgic and just wants to watch home videos of tiny little Tina singing and dancing on camera. Half of me is setting up my dreams and goals for the future. I am SO excited for what the future is about to bring (BRING IT, FUTURE!) but I’m also really excited to see what TODAY brings! What will my 30th birthday be like?? I know one thing it will bring… a GIVEAWAY! What better way to celebrate than by hosting a giveaway!! πŸ™‚ We aren’t just celebrating my birthday today. We’re also celebrating FINALLY hitting 1,000 LIKES on Facebook! I don’t know why but this has been a goal I’ve wanted to hit since the very beginning of this business and we FINALLY accomplished it!! WHOO!! So what are we giving away?? How does a $50 Kate Spade Gift Card sound!? WHOO!!

Tina'sBIRTHDAY-8 Not only that but there will be a few more surprises along with it πŸ™‚ And for all the men out there – be sure to enter too!! This is a great thing to put towards some future Birthday/Christmas gifts or just win for your lucky lady πŸ™‚ Because anyone that knows me knows I just LOVE me some Kate Spade so let’s share the love! To enter the giveaway, it could not be simpler. Simply COMMENT on this blog post to enter the giveaway! That’s it! Comment below telling me ANYTHING – happy birthday, your favorite memory with me, what YOU hope to accomplish in your future! ANYTHING! But be sure to comment below and you’re automatically entered!! We will pick a winner next Wednesday, the 18th! You have until Tuesday the 17th at Midnight to leave a comment! πŸ™‚Tina'sBIRTHDAY-2

So what are my plans for my 30th?? Um… I have no idea! I asked Jose to plan the whole thing! I gave him a few ideas of things I’d like to do – a broadway show, night out in the city, a party with everyone I love, spa day – so who knows what it’ll be but I’m just happy to be celebrating!! πŸ™‚ And then we are shooting our very last wedding of 2015 on Saturday!! WOW!! That went really fast. If you want to see what I’m up to this weekend – be sure to follow me on Instagram! I’ll be sure to post a ton all weekend long!

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Remember – you have until next Tuesday at midnight to comment on this blog post!! πŸ™‚ Be sure to comment below!!

  1. Lori says:

    This is fantastic! Happy 30th!

  2. Melissa says:

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy your day.

  3. Alexandra says:

    Happy birthday to a most talented woman! I hope this new decade brings all of your big dreams to life! Treat yourself to some Kate Spade!! πŸ™‚ xoxo

  4. Rachel says:

    Happy Birthday! Frank and I hope you have an absolutely fabulous day!!!

  5. kristin g says:

    How exciting! Happy birthday!!

  6. Jacqueline says:

    Happy 30th Birthday Tina! You’ve already accomplished so much. May all your dreams come true this year!

  7. Amy Mara says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    Tina, you are super inspirational!! I didn’t have the best night’s sleep, and my morning is off to a rough start. But, I am SO HAPPY that I read your blog post because it literally has set a fire under my butt to TACKLE THE DAY!! I love that you’re setting goals for your future and being nostalgic all at once – definitely an amazing balance to find!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and motivations!!
    I hope you enjoy your day! I am sure JosΓ© will make this a memorable day for you, no matter where you two end up! Good luck with your last wedding this weekend, and I hope the four of us can pick a date night soon!!!
    Xo, Amy

  8. Jackie Hinz says:

    Happy Birthday Tina! You shot our wedding last year but I still follow you and read your blogs. They are so full of life and love and are always fun to read! I hope your 30th is the best year yet!!! Xoxo- Jackie Hinz

  9. Ashley Gerckens says:

    Happy 30th! Hope you have an awesome day! ☺️

  10. I’ve had the same relationship with birthdays as you! I love them! Celebrate, treat yourself, ENJOY IT! 30 is fabulous! πŸ™‚

  11. Happy 30th Birthday Gorgeous! I hope you have the best day!

  12. Kaitlin M says:

    Happy birthday!!

  13. Cassie says:

    Happy Happy Birthday Tina! I hope your day is filled with love, fun, presents and most importantly lots of champagne! Love you!

  14. Gayle Colucci says:

    Happy Birthday Tina!! Our wishes for a wonderful year ahead and a lifetime of beautiful memories! We are so looking forward to you photographing Cristin and Ryan’s wedding in August!!

  15. Danielle Astarita says:

    I hope you enjoyed your birthday!! All the best to a very talented and special lady!! Xoxo

  16. Happy Happy Birthday! Your photography is beautiful πŸ™‚ Hope the next 30 are amazingggg!!! xo

  17. Jenn Ring says:

    Happy Birthday! Hope
    you had a great day celebrating! Can’t wait for you to shoot our wedding in April πŸ™‚

  18. Erin O'Donnell says:

    I hope you had the best birthday celebrations for your 30th! As every girl knows, your birthday lasts the whole month so take the next 2 weeks to keep celebrating being fabulous and 30 πŸ™‚

    ps you definitely don’t look a day over 25

  19. Alyssa Reilly says:

    Happy Birthday Tina!! I am so glad we met two years ago! I recommend you to everyone looking for photographers! Hope you enjoy your day!!

  20. Nicole Payette says:

    Hope you had a fantastic birthday!!! All the best for your 30th year! Glad we will get to celebrate part of it in July oh and August and September ☺️β™₯️TEPbride

  21. Joe Lombardo says:

    Hope you enjoyed your 30th birthday! Looking forward to working with you again in July!

  22. Debbie says:

    Hope you have a bangin’ 30th birthday!!!!!

  23. Cristin says:

    Love this! Happy birthday!! We can’t wait for you to shoot our wedding next summer!

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