I live life with a happy-go-lucky attitude. I am so blessed that i landed an awesome husband that is my best match! My 3 kids are happy and in great places in their lives and are kind to others... yay! I struggled with so much stress in my life - awful! You know...the old corporate grind.
I took control of my life and lost 100 lbs. and that is when Annie Marie wanted to capture this breakthrough in my life.
ON WHY SHE WANTED TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED AT THIS STAGE:
50's is the new 40's. I don't feel as old as I pictured my mom at this age although she was fabulous! I want to stay energetic and young for my kids and grandkids. These images will be amazing to look back on in 20 years!
ON BEING OVER 50:
I would say that every decade has it's gifts and challenges!
20's was too much fun - did lot's of dumb things.
30's I got a little smarter, still a little carefree but started to have stress and responsibilities with job and kids.
40's there was so much time worrying about what people thought of me... a waste.
50's I feel that I can be authentically real and I really don't care at all what people think of me. Because I know that I am loved by my family and that is what is important to me. I want to make memories and do what I want to do.
ON HOW SHE FELT DURING HER SHOOT:
Honestly, I just got through a personal trial. So I did not feel justified to celebrate myself the way Annie encouraged me to. I was as close to playing dress up as I could imagine! I thought to myself when I saw the photos... "This is really me!" I was smiling like I used to and it made me happy.
You already know most of my story and why this project is so dear to my heart. I figured how can I possibly do a project like this and expect women to get in front of a camera if I hadn't done the same myself.
What I thought was going to be full of fear and self bashing... ended up exactly the opposite. The experience of getting dressed up and feeling like a movie star in front of the camera while my hair was blowing in the wind was empowering. And what was more empowering was the feeling I had when I saw the images. I was like... "is that ME?" In disbelief that I would ever see myself as pretty. Especially in the age where youth seems to be fading.
But I found that the strength comes from within and It is how we are able to see ourselves... nothing to do with our appearance.
So I invite you to allow me to capture the most beautiful photo of you. Because I know it is in you too!!