Portrait & Headshot Photographer • Plymouth, New Hampshire

Unforgettable: the Over 50 Revolution, Part XVI – Kree

Behind the scenes at Kree's Unforgettable: the Over 50 Revolution portrait experience at Maundy Mitchell Photography.  Hair & makeup styling by Donna Cotnoir; Maundy hanging a hand-painted backdrop.
Hair & makeup styling by Donna Cotnoir / Maundy building one of the sets for Kree’s portraits

Why did you want to participate in Unforgettable: the Over 50 Revolution? 

“I wanted to be part of something that highlights the power, confidence, and wisdom that comes from being a woman who has arrived at a certain age. When I was young – hard bodied, beautiful and full of mischief – I didn’t know my own power.  Sure, I knew I could wield sexuality to get some things, but I really only felt powerful in that realm.  Now, in my fifties, as my physical body has become a roadmap of decades of living this life, growing, and bearing children, time in the sun, lots of laughter, good food, butter, cheese and whiskey, my power rests in my mind, my intuition, and my heart.  Those same decades of navigating relationships, recognizing human connection, introspection, loss, the value of compassion and forgiveness, heartache and joy, has me here, enjoying the privilege of growing older.  We become unshakeable when we harness the collective, intuitive, compassionate knowledge about what it means to sit in our power.  I wanted to be part of a project that celebrates that.” 

Portrait of Kree for Unforgettable: the Over 50 Revolution. She is sitting in a leather chair, with vintage rug and lamp

What are your thoughts about women over 50?  

“Women over 50 have seen some things.  We have navigated coming into our own, through many complex relationships.  We have honed our intuition, learning to trust what we know to be true. We have fought off unwanted advances, stood our ground, taken care of the children, mastered some recipes, and created homes.  We have forged our places, proven our knowledge, run naked through the forest, and screamed from the mountain tops.  We have harnessed our desires and become fearless about asking for our needs to be met.  We are strong, we are smart, we are wise, and we are unafraid.”

Portrait of Kree for Unforgettable: the Over 50 Revolution.  She is sitting in a leather chair, holding a glass of whiskey

How have you changed since you turned 50? 

“There is an ease that has come as I’ve entered my 50’s.  I am no longer concerned if everyone likes me. I am no longer concerned about being seen as ‘nice.’ I am comfortable being honest, I am fearlessly authentic, and I have a radar for bullshit and pretending that allows me to be selective about who I draw close.  We can still party together, but I’m not telling you my secrets.  Only a select few have access to that realm.”

A "dirty frame" portrait of Kree, sitting on a vintage rug

Growing up, did you have any women role models? 

“My mother is my most significant role model for what it means to be a woman.  She is both strong and graceful.  She has not had an easy life.  In fact, she’s had more than her fair share of tragedy and heartbreak.  But, she still finds joy and beauty in simple things and she has shown me, through her tenacity, that women are, in fact, the builders of safety and security in this world.  The tattoo on my right forearm is in her honor and it says, simply, ‘Actually, I can.'”

Portrait of Kree, sitting backward in a chair, with shadows of trees behind her

What advice would you give to women who are younger than you?

“If you know nothing else, know this – you are worthy.  You are worth a fight, you are worth going after, you are worth the work, you are worth understanding.  Do not spend a minute in doubt and shame. Wash your face, put on your boots, and get back to it.”

Portrait of Kree wearing a black leather jacket and boots

What effect would you like to have on the world?

“I feel like my most significant contribution in this life has been the two children I had the privilege to mother.  They are my greatest source of hope and optimism, and I know that they are both here to make the world better, brighter, and kinder. Now, I just want to do my work, complete my lessons, intersect with others doing their work, and hopefully come back around next time on a new realm with different assignments.” 

Portrait of Kree leaning forward, wearing a black leather jacket

“This experience was next-level and I can’t aticulate fully how impactful it was for me. Transformative, really.” – Kree

Join the Waiting List for a 2023 Booking!

If you are a woman over 50, “the Over 50 Revolution” 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.

Unforgettable: the Over 50 Revolution was so popular that I will begin a new campaign for women over 50 in 2023. You can find out more HERE.