Portrait & Headshot Photographer • Plymouth, New Hampshire

Unforgettable: the Over 50 Revolution, Part I – Nancy

Nancy, age 71

Unforgettable: the Over 50 Revolution is a new campaign to celebrate the beauty and lives of women over 50. I am photographing fabulous women in their 50s, 60s, 70s and up for a unique, empowering portrait experience. The campaign will culminate with a celebration and exhibition of all 2022 participants.

For years, I’ve listened to women over the age of 50 tell me that they are no longer “photogenic.” Because of their age, they no longer feel worthy to exist in a beautiful portrait. As a woman in her mid-fifties, this issue speaks to me. We have been conditioned by the media and society to feel that we are no longer worthy of being seen.  This campaign is to push back against that and to show women over 50 that they should exist in beautiful portraits, for them and for everyone who loves them.

Hair and makeup styling by Donna Cotnoir
Hair and makeup styling by Donna Cotnoir

Why did you want to participate in the Unforgettable: the Over 50 Revolution?  “I thought it was a wonderful idea to feature older women who are so seldom the focus of attention. And it just sounded fun!”

Portrait of Nancy, seated, wearing an olive green satin gown, smiling

What are your thoughts about women over 50? ” It’s a time of change for most women, with families grown, shifting dynamics at work, looking toward retirement. Many feel a new sense of freedom, but also some apprehension. So I think our experiences tend to give us more empathy.”

Portrait of Nancy, age 71, laughing, wearing an olive green satin gown

How have you changed since you turned 50?  “Mostly I’m less concerned with what people think of me.” 

Portrait of Nancy wearing a red dress in front of a tan backdrop

Growing up, did you have any women role models?  “Yes, my mom! She grew up a city girl but adapted to being a farmer’s wife who cared for her family, including her grandchildren, with patience, love and kindness. But she also found time for the things she loved to do.”

Portraits of Nancy wearing a black sparkly dress with wind in her hair

What advice would you give to women who are younger than you?  “Pursue your dreams.  It’s okay to do things for yourself.  And don’t take any bullshit from anyone!”

Casual portrait of Nancy wearing an orange top and glasses

What effect would you like to have on the world?  “I’d be happy if in some way I’ve had a positive effect on the environment, our wilderness areas and wildlife.”

Casual portrait of Nancy, wearing a denim shirt and glasses

“What an amazing experience! [I] had so much fun doing this and absolutely love the photos. Thank you so much, Maundy.” – Nancy

Portrait of Nancy wearing a black lace cocktail dress, with wind in her hair

Now booking November and December

If you are a woman over 50, this is for you. It’s for everyone who loves you, and for other women of all ages, to show them that they are worthy, too. I hope you’ll join me in this revolutionary experience. You can find out more HERE.