Friends. Photography. Adventure.

Stepping out

When I contributed to Exhibit A’s first Anonymous Sinful Sunday back in June I did so with a knot of nerves in my belly and an assumption it would be a one off. I loved it immediately! I couldn’t have predicted how good it would feel to be on the receiving end of the Sinful Sunday community’s warmth, kindness and encouraging words. I ended up contributing six pictures in total.

It was only in October when I had my sketch done that I started talking to some of my friends about it a little. Sitting in that way had been such a remarkable experience that I wanted to share some of my reflections. The conversations that followed were thought-provoking. I have just turned 40 so a fair few of my closest friends are also hovering around that landmark age. Life is beginning to show around our eyes. Babies have been had. Accidents and illness endured. Weight has been gained, lost, gained again. Conversations with male friends revealed similar responses to the aging process as my female friends expressed. That self-confidence is so often drawn from confidence in our bodies is not an emotional issue owned by women.

An idea began to wind its way into my thoughts.

Then at New Year I asked the friends I was in Berlin with to take my January photo. Surprise, laughter, excitement, the camaraderie and adrenalin of collective endeavour. At one point they all decided to have a ‘tits in Tiergarten’ shot, before deciding it was too cold. But it’s warm in Amsterdam in May, isn’t it ladies?

The idea was taking root.

Then last week I asked two of my best friends – soul sister types! – if they’d get up at stupid o’clock in the morning to take a picture that can only really be taken at sunrise. Before I knew it, one was googling locations from parks in Yorkshire to beaches on the south coast and shouting out ideas, while the other was showing me (great!) tit shots that her partner receives every morning (she’s dedicated!).

OK, let’s run with this idea then shall we?

So here we are. Exposing 40: Friends. Photography. Adventure. I don’t know where we will go with this, how long it will last, or how many of us will get involved, but I have realised it’s so much more fun sharing this with my friends, and if they gain half of what I have from participating then it will be a project worth sharing.

Many of the photos I submitted to Exhibit A’s post focused on bits of myself I don’t like. Your comments have helped me think differently about those parts of my body. Thank you! But I thought I’d start my project with a different sentiment, so here I am stepping out and presenting my legs. I love my legs! I especially love them when my feet are in my silver sparkly 40th birthday heels. Let the party begin!
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46 Comments

  1. HappyComeLucky

    Your legs are beautiful. Great to see you and I am so glad you are stepping into Sinful Sunday.

    • Exposing40

      Thank you! And thank you again for choosing my picture for your round up again. And now I’ve created my own profile I’m looking forward to being to comment on everyone else’s pictures more freely.

      • HappyComeLucky

        Your picture was brilliant. I loved being able to choose it.

  2. Charlie

    You have amazing legs.
    I’m so glad you have decided to start contributing on your own blog.
    I also first started taking part in Sinful Sunday via Exhibit A’s anonymous post. Now I contribute most weeks and it has really helped me with my body confidence issues. I look forward to seeing more posts of yours.

    • Exposing40

      Thanks Charlie! I follow your pictures and you’ve taken some fab ones. I especially liked the fairy lights at Christmas and the window one. Now I have my own profile I will be commenting a lot more!

  3. Vida Bailey (@vidabailey2)

    This is beautiful, and the idea of you and your friends celebrating together is so moving. And important. What a great idea.

    • Exposing40

      Thank you! And thank you for the lovely comments you have previously made on my Anonymous posts – they were much appreciated!

  4. lovelustlondon

    Wow, jaw-dropping! Those are some stellar legs leading to something tantalisingly out of view. ‘Exposing 40: Friends. Photography. Adventure’ sounds like a great idea too…‘tits in Tiergarten’? Fantastic.
    O

    • Exposing40

      “Jaw-dropping”. I can live with that! Thank you very much!!

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  5. KaziG

    Welcome to Sinful Sunday!
    I think this is a lovely way to start 🙂
    ~Kazi xxx

  6. mmalflic

    What a fantastic idea for a project! and of course a beautiful picture!

    • Exposing40

      Thank you very much!

  7. Modesty Ablaze

    Gorgeous!!! . . . legs and shoes!!! And so glad you have found the confidence to join all the perfect people here . . . because, after all, we are ALL perfect in some way!!!
    Xxx – K

    • Exposing40

      I do love those shoes! Sometimes I just put them on and look at my feet!! And yes, we are all perfect in some way – Sinful Sunday has helped me see that! Xx

  8. Marie Rebelle

    I love this. Such a cool idea to share this with friends and then to come share it with us. Lovely picture of your beautiful legs and sexy shoes 🙂
    Rebel xox

    • Exposing40

      Thank you very much! I’ve already had a friend message me this morning about joining in so I think it will be fun. I may have to see how many of my pictures I can crowbar the shoes into, just so I have more opportunities to photograph them!! 🙂 x

      • Marie Rebelle

        Oh yes, please do! I love seeing beautiful shoes in photos 🙂
        Rebel xox

  9. bigbuttbbw

    You have very classy legs! The shoes are gorgeous too, I can imagine them with a 1950s cut shimmer dress (beaded of course), 1950s hair and makeup, topped off with a little quarter length jacket, big buttons, contrasting faux fur collar. Seriously the mutz nutz! Thank you for sharing xxx

    • Exposing40

      Hahahaha. Classy is not a word that could generally be applied to me – I am clumsy and talk far too much! – so this comment made me smile a lot! Thank you. X

  10. silverdomuk

    Great project and oh my, you have great legs. 🙂

    • Exposing40

      Thank you very much!!

  11. Stella

    Lovely picture and such a wonderful project. It took me a while before I ever posted to Sinful Sunday but I was hooked from the very first time. It is a great community to be included in. Support and friendship like I never would have expected. Welcome.
    Stella
    Xxx

    • Exposing40

      Thank you for a lovely message and welcome! Xx

  12. Molly

    I LOVE this whole idea! I am so happy that through Exhibit A’s anonymous Sinful Sunday a wonderful, fun creative idea has blossomed that will hopefully see other people enjoying the freedom to explore and share their bodies.
    Oh and you image is so damn sexy, I love the shoes and little tease right that the top of the image
    Mollyxxx
    Ps… On another note, please be careful on WordPress.com, they do not support adult content, especially images, and if they find you they will shut you down without any warning. Make sure you back up your content regularly and store your backup somewhere safe. If you want any help or advice on moving away from WP then feel free to get in touch

    • Exposing40

      Thanks Molly, and thank you for the tip re WordPress! Xx

      • Molly

        You are welcome. Many people pottle along just fine on WP but I also know of people who have been caught hence always backing up your database otherwise you risk losing the lot.
        Mollyxxx

  13. Kilted Wookie (@Kilted_Wookie)

    Lovely legs. I could spend so much time between those. Thank you for sharing.
    KW

    • Exposing40

      Haha. Glad you like them!! 🙂

  14. 39goingon40

    Can’t wait to see your next shot. I’m sure the rest of you is just as good as those legs! But what really captivated me was your perfect skin! Those legs need to see more of the world (and the world needs to see more of those legs)!

    • Exposing40

      That is such a lovely comment, thank you! I can take or leave my middle bit but in the spirit of the project it will appear here at some point!!

  15. Sweetendirty

    Very sexy legs! Love the shoes, too. 😉

    • Exposing40

      Thank you very much! And yes, the shoes are pretty special! 🙂

  16. Curvaceous Dee

    Welcome welcome! What a fantastic idea – and I’m so glad you’ve decided to blog yourself 🙂
    xx Dee

    • Exposing40

      Thank you for the lovely welcome. And thank you for all your great pix. You get some amazing cheeky shots in great locations and now I’m starting to think of more outdoor ideas I’ll definitely be using your work as inspiration/role modelling. Xx

  17. beck03

    You have great legs and I love those shoes.

  18. Her

    Wow, those are some awesome gams. And those shoes, yowza.

    • Exposing40

      Thank you! And I’ve started the week learning a new word – gams! Brilliant.

  19. exhibitunadorned

    Bravo! Both for striking out on your own, and for doing so with such a great first photo.

    • Exposing40

      Thank you very much, and thanks to you obviously for helping me on my way. Have already had a flurry of ideas from the few friends I’ve shared this with so far so I’m excited to see where we go with it.

  20. understandingflutterby

    If I were a bloke, I’d definitely be a leg man…yours are enviably gorgeous 🙂
    xx

    • Exposing40

      Thank you very much! Said legs are currently propped up in leggings and fluffy socks, resting ahead of a half marathon on Sunday so they’re not looking as good as this time last week when I way taking the picture!!! 😉 xx

  21. mariasibylla

    I’m so excited by your project! I love the idea of you and your friends doing this together and can’t wait to see your next photos. (You make me wonder if I should get my real-life friends involved in Sinful Sunday.. )
    And this photo of your legs is just stunning. You really have an eye for composition and yes, incredible legs and shoes!

    • Exposing40

      Thank you so much for this lovely comment! I am so excited about getting my friends involved and really lovely things have started happening already. I have only told a handful so far and I did wonder whether they might think me a little mad but it seems to have set a little creative genie out of the bottle! Xx

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