I started shooting boudoir in 2006

Where the hell has time gone? No idea.

On a personal note:
This year I turn 40. And I don’t feel like I am almost 40. I can still pass for, 34 I think, so I am not complaining, but I am really surprised that this is what 40 looks like to me. I still shop for my black t-shirts at forever 21. I still sound like I am 12. My favourite things have skulls or batman on them. I remember my parents at 40 and thinking, wow that is old.

Now, well yes, few (hundreds) more gray hairs, glasses, the (fl)abs and the botox in the near future. But my lifestyle is pretty much the same. So I have decided I need to make some changes. I want to turn 40 fit. And for someone that only runs to catch the bus and cycles to work only when the weather is between 15-35C with no wind, in a city where that only lasts 4 months, it is going to be a challenge.
Exercise is not my thing. If it is your thing I am jealous.

So I am writing this post to make myself accountable. I have a pin up photoshoot planned for June 1 ( http://www.marlenjames.com/cherry ) and I will take the last appointment of the day. I want to have an actual waist by then. Here I go.

me, circa 2007
me, January 1, 2016

On a professional note:
Ten years,  holy wicked old batman! I continue doing this because I love it. I love the makeup, the outfits, the shoes (!). I love meeting women from all different walks of life, different bodies, different cultures and ages.

I had to bring in help – and I am so glad I did. Linda and Melissa are great. I trust them with my boobs so should you :). 
Melissa, Marlen, Linda “we are all nerds” who wear black

Anyway, I am really looking forward to this 2016. I plan to write more, draw more and keep on shootin’. And yes, I might have to exercise. pffft.

Here are some images I have loved from this past year.