Happy New Year! Nothing makes me happier than to serve people with a luxurious experience and create portraits that bring joy to them and those who love them. As I prepare to welcome participants in The Over 50 Revolution 2024, I’m pleased to introduce Deb, the last participant in the 2023 project Extraordinary: The over 50 Revolution. I loved getting to know her. We discovered that we are from the same hometown, and we had great fun reminiscing.
Deb had been searching for photos of her mother and grandmothers, who were her role models. She found very few. “Women are usually taking the family photos or caring for others, so we don’t have [portraits] of our women ancestors,” she said.
She hopes that the media and society will “look more positively toward aging women after seeing such beautiful portraits.”
When she thinks about herself at 50, Deb said, “it seems young.” She has become more self-assured and independent, and not to worry so much about criticism.
Deb’s role models were her mother and my grandmother. “My grandmother was an amazing woman who lived to be 97, and who never lost her thirst for knowledge. She was an avid reader until the day she died. She and her sister lived in a small town in Vermont in their 80s and 90s. Every week they walked to their local library and ordered books through inter-library loan — as many as they were allowed to borrow. They went home with armloads of books to read for the week. You could ask [my sister] a question about any subject, and she had the answer.”
Deb’s husband, Norm, joined her at the end of her portrait session, because it had been a very long time since they had portraits together.
Now, Deb prioritizes her physical and mental wellbeing. The advice Deb would give to women who are younger than her is: “Don’t look at getting older as a burden, look at it as becoming wiser, stronger, kinder. Embrace the things you have done. Continue to learn and take care of yourself physically and mentally as you grow older.”
Next, I’ll be working on a book of all the 2023 participants. In the spring, we’ll have an exhibit and celebration. I can’t wait to see all of these extraordinary women together, and to toast to another amazing year of being over 50.
Book Your Portrait Experience for The Over 50 Revolution 2024!
It’s time for you to exist in beautiful portraits, for yourself and for everyone who loves you. If you are a woman over the age of fifty, “The Over 50 Revolution” is for you. The bonus is that you can help change the perception of women over 50 in our society by sharing your images and your words. I hope you’ll join me in this luxurious and empowering experience. You can learn more HERE.