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Today is my 59th birthday. And I am not afraid to say it out loud. There is no shame in it. There is no sorrow in it. There is just the joy of achievements and accomplishments.

I feel myself better today than probably 30 years ago.

I don't feel insecure anymore. I don't feel bad about my height ( 5"1) Oh well, sometimes I feel, but not today. There are things in my life which are more important than my height and my weight . I feel healthy and energized. I feel important. I feel useful to my family and friends.

I would like to have more fun, but if not, that's still ok. I can find fun in anything I do.

I would like to have more travel adventures, but if not , that's also ok. I can find adventure anywhere I go ( in good meaning of it, of course).

I tried to photograph myself . Wear long gown. Put my makeup on and just simply brush my hair . Oh well, the experiment wasn't so good, so I asked my daughter just click the shutter button for me.

I am satisfied with my images, with my lines and wrinkles, my belly and my changed body.

Aging is a natural process that we all go through, and it is important to embrace and celebrate it. Women over 50 are particularly beautiful and have a lot to offer the world. As we age, our skin may show signs of wrinkles and age spots, but these are not flaws, they are simply a reminder of the life we have lived and the experiences we have had. Our bodies may not be as firm and toned as they once were, but they have carried us through life and given birth to the next generation. One of the most beautiful things about aging is the wisdom and experience that comes with it. Women over 50 have lived through many experiences and have learned valuable lessons. They have a unique perspective on life and can offer valuable advice and guidance to those around them. Another beautiful aspect of aging is the sense of freedom and liberation that comes with it. As women over 50, we no longer feel the pressure to conform to societal expectations of beauty and youth. We can embrace our true selves and live life on our own terms. In conclusion, aging is a beautiful process that should be celebrated and embraced. So, let's celebrate the beauty and grace of women over 50 and let them know that they are still valued, respected, and loved.

If you are still debating whether or not have your photo session, I'll tell you this - JUST DO IT! ( I am not pretending to sound like NIKE)

You are important!

You are beautiful!

You worth it!

Book your session with me

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Please welcome the next participant of 40 Over 40 campaign in New Hampshire Joyce, 48.

She is an extraordinary woman, my friend and my colleague from a previous job, the leader in her present work and also wife, mom and beautiful woman.

I knew her since I started my first job in USA in 2013 and I was always amazed by her strong leadership skills and at the same time, her friendly and benevolent demeanor towards people in her team.

The first time she contacted me about her photoshoot, I scheduled the consultation for her, where we usually discuss makeup and outfit looks, introducing her to the product range and pricing.

It took a while to create some amazing looks to match the Old Hollywood style with the silky fabrics, classic black and white outfits, jewelry and other accessories.

And of course, you can not avoid using the main colors of the Hollywood style - red lipstick and red nails!

And of course, I cannot even express, how happy I am working with such an amazing makeup and Hair artist Gina Samantha Sandlin, who knows how to make magic and make our clients look and feel beautiful!

So that day was finally here and we all gathered together at my home studio.

Gina is doing Joyce's hair and makeup:

And here are the Old Hollywood images!

We also created the look which I call Red On Red, where I am photographing my client in a red outfit on the red background. The same applies to the White On White

We also created a classic style as Fine Art portraits with brown background which I adore and this is my signature type of portraits

And the last look was so simple - I just added the purple tulle to Joyce's white silky top and wrapped her shoulders and arms with it. It created such a dreamy and vintage look to her portraits!

The editing of all images took 7 days and she ordered a beautiful Luxury looking Fine Art photo album which I filled with her favorite colored images and added the B&W version of them . On top of everything I usually add a gift with purchase to any of my packages and she will receive the matted Fine Art print of her favorite image which is coming soon from the Lab.

Joyce posted on Instagram : " She made the experience wonderful and fun❤️. She made me more confident and made me realize beauty is inside and out.❤️❤️. @byginasamantha Thank you again for making me beautiful"

Every time when I read your feedback, my heart is melting and I know that I am not doing my job in vain and you will cherish your portraits for the rest of your life and they become an heirloom legacy for the generations to come. Boy, I love my job!!!


If you are in your 40's, 50's, 60's and even greater this project is for you!

Celebrate yourself. Show the world the beauty of aging. Tell your story. See yourself from different perspective. Leave the legacy for the generations to come.

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With the advancing technology being in our pockets at all times we are able to share images quickly with friends, family and the world. Our lives are not meant to be seen for 30 seconds on a social media timeline. It seems that the tradition of having portraits made has fallen off. It used to be a regular occurrence to have your portraits made as a way to document your family. Here is a list of reasons that make a great excuse to have a portrait session, in no particular order. There are the high school senior portraits, family portraits, and weddings. Let’s see what we can come! Feel free to add your reasons to the list in the comments.

  1. Celebrating a life achievement with a stylized portrait session. Nothing like getting dressed up to boost the confidence a little. Graduation, job promotion, or just to celebrate you. Document your life’s journey.

2. New business venture. Update the face of your business and sell your services by having people immediately connect with you through your portrait.

3. Lifestyle change. Whether it is weight loss or getting healthy and fit. Why not show your future-self that you did this and can do it again.

4. Relive a dream. Ever have a crazy dream that you can’t get out of your head? Why not work with a portrait photographer to see that vision to reality.

5. Getting out of your comfort zone. A lot of people don’t like having their photo taken. With the right photographer, it can be transformative. We can only grow by getting out of our comfort zone.

6. Wear that wedding dress again. The wedding prep took months, maybe years, and then the wedding day came and went and now your wedding dress may be in a closet somewhere. Put it on and relive that day. Make it an anniversary tradition to reconnect with your partner and have proof of your love with prints.

7. For your family. Are you the mother that is not in any of the photos because you are the one taking them? What will your children have to look for when they get older?

8. Share the experience with your partner, family, or closest friend. Those will be the images you will have for lifetimes.

What could be holding you back from having your portrait made?



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