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50+ Women Photo Shoot

  • July 26, 2018
  • By 50 Shades
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50+ Women Photo Shoot

Are you a mature-aged woman that no longer likes to look in the mirror, catch sight of herself in a window or despises having her photo taken? I think many of we women over a certain age hate seeing our ourselves with the visible signs of ageing, such as wrinkles, blemishes, dull hair, and a few extra kilos surrounding our middle sections. Let’s just say that we no longer believe that we are beautiful or attractive. Well I’m here to tell you “be beautiful because you’re worth it”! I’m living proof that anyone can be made attractive with the right amount of makeup applied, hair styled, the right clothing and the right photo poses in a 50+ women photo shoot.

50+ Women Photo Shoot

Before and After my Makeover

My makeover journey began earlier this year when I was contacted by a local Photographer, Mandy Lee Photography, via my Facebook page regarding the use of my website name in a proposed mature age woman photography campaign. Mandy’s words were: “I want to showcase the 50+ woman and how beautiful she really is. My photography is targeted to this age demographic as a way for them to boost their confidence and also give them beautiful photos of themselves that they love and are proud to show off”.

So after Mandy and I chatted for a while about my website she said: “I have a home studio on the Gold Coast and I would love to photograph you. My portraits are magazine style which includes professional hair and makeup and feeling like you stepped off the cover of a magazine”. So after careful deliberation I thought “why not”!

50+ Women Photo Shoot

My new professional profile pic

We made a consultation date where you visit the studio with the clothing that you may like to wear during your photo shoot and to go through the full details of the session. Mandy also has an extensive wardrobe of beautiful dresses and gowns that you may wear for the photo shoot. We agreed on a date and time for the actual photography session.

On the day I arrived at 9.00am and immediately had my hair and makeup done by an experienced hairdresser and makeup artist. Then it was time to dress up and hit the studio for the photo shoot. Mandy had me in various poses that felt a little awkward and foreign initially, but once I got the hang of it I was able to lift my head, jut my chin forward, drop my shoulders and “not smile too broadly”.

50+ Women Photo Shoot

After almost 3 hours, there was a nice cup of tea, chocolate covered strawberries and sweets awaiting me. We made an appointment to view the photos once she’d edited and selected the best ones, that was around 10 days later.

Mandy’s photo shoot fee is $250, which I think is extremely reasonable since it includes hair and makeup, selection of dresses from her studio wardrobe, wardrobe styling and a fully guided photo shoot. If you decide to order photos from the shoot then they are extra.

However Mandy is offering a special promo for my lovely readers. Session fee of $160 and $100 credit towards portraits.

Now if my photos don’t convince you then here are some more incredible before and after photos:

50+ Women Photo Shoot

Chris looking incredible in her before and after

50+ Women Photo Shoot

Cecelia is sizzling in her before and after

50+ Women Photo Shoot

Lesley hamming it up during her photo shoot

I was thrilled with the results. My family and friends are amazed at the photos and I’m so happy to show people something I’m proud of. Thank you Mandy for such a great day and doing so much for my self esteem – Lesley

And here are 3 generations of beautiful women!

50+ Women Photo Shoot

Chris, Emma and Addison after their makeovers

So, my own thoughts on my 50+ women photo shoot. Mandy immediately made me feel at ease and comfortable in my own body. She transformed me from a mature aged, dowdy woman, who rarely wears makeup, into someone I barely recognised. It did wonderful things for my self esteem and I would highly recommend the experience to other ladies. I am extremely proud of my photos.

How do you feel about being photographed as you get older? Do you find it confronting?

This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset.

The Lovin’ Life Team includes:

Lyndall from SEIZE THE DAY PROJECT
Deb from DEBBISHDOTCOM
Min from WRITE OF THE MIDDLE.
Leanne from DEEP FRIED FRUIT
Jo from JOANNE TRACEY
and of course me, Kathy from 50 SHADES OF AGE


 

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By 50 Shades, July 26, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

30 Comments
  • Lydia C. Lee
    July 26, 2018

    These are great!!

  • Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    July 26, 2018

    You look gorgeous Kathy and aren’t makeovers a lift for the spirits! I had a glamour shot done for my 40th birthday but would love a makeover and an updated photo that looks good. Congratulations on your new look and also for your journey to get there. You are Sizzling! :)

    • Kathy
      July 26, 2018

      Thank you Sue. It just goes to prove that anyone can look beautiful with the right application. I felt a million dollars! #TeamLovinLife

  • Natalie
    July 26, 2018

    Beautiful makeover and photos. Good choice, Kathy!

    • Kathy
      July 26, 2018

      Thanks Natalie. I was a little hesitant to have it done initially, but was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. #TeamLovinLife

  • Jodie
    July 26, 2018

    This is exactly what we all need!! We are beautiful, yet the mirror isn’t always our best friend!!!But once you see yourself in this way, you realize it!!
    I hope you bought a bunch of those photos—they are fabulous!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Kathy
      July 26, 2018

      It is exactly what we all need! I agree 100%. I did purchase two beautiful photos as a keepsake. #TeamLovinLife

  • Life Images by Jill
    July 26, 2018

    All I can say is WOW these photos are amazing! You look gorgeous Kathy. And all for only $250. I wish someone here was doing this! What a boost to confidence it must be to see yourself looking like this. Wonderful! ps – and I love the dress you are wearing in the first shot.

    • Kathy
      July 26, 2018

      It’s amazing what can be done to transform from an ugly duckling into a swan!! Mandy did an incredible job of styling me and making me look amazing. #TeamLovinLife

  • Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    July 26, 2018

    Those are stunning photo’s of you Kathy, as are the photos of the other women! Beautiful! :-) #TeamLovinLife

    • Kathy
      July 26, 2018

      Aren’t all the makeovers absolutely incredible? I was so happy to share the photos of the other beautiful ladies too. They looked amazing. #TeamLovinLife

  • Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au
    July 26, 2018

    You look even more beautiful with all that hair and makeup etc Kathy. It’s lovely when someone knows how to bring out our best features. I always feel so awkward when I have my photo taken and would love to do something like this – it’s a shame Mandy is so far away – if she ever comes to WA I’ll be on her list for sure!

    • Kathy
      July 26, 2018

      Yes it may be a little too far to come from WA to have a makeover. I’m sure there are photographers that do this type of thing in WA however. Thank you for the lovely compliments. #TeamLovinLife

  • Jan Wild
    July 26, 2018

    You look amazing, I am so pleased that you had this experience and now I know to put my chin out a little more, so thank you :-) This is something I would love to do and it looks like you chose exactly the right person to do this with.

    • Kathy
      July 26, 2018

      Jan you would love this experience. I can imagine you being in your element with all the gorgeous dresses and gowns she had in her studio. It was like playing dressups! I can certainly put you in touch with Mandy. She has a great promo offer available for my readers. #TeamLovinLife

  • Jo
    July 26, 2018

    Wow wow Wow! You look stunning and what an amazing thing to do. You look a million dollars, but you always do, however this is pure movie star! Definitely a photographer to keep in mind for any fashion shoots you do!

    • Kathy
      July 27, 2018

      It was a bit of a transformation Jo! I enjoyed the challenge of having someone style me, dress me and do my hair and makeup to make me look glamourous. I would highly recommend the experience. #TeamLovinLife

  • Carolyn
    July 26, 2018

    Fabulous photos, Kathy. Like you, I’m not a fan of having my photo taken but on a recent holiday with my husband we booked a travel photo shoot.
    It’s amazing how a professional can snap you at all the right angles and make you feel confident. The resulting photos are ones we will cherish forever..

    • Kathy
      July 27, 2018

      I’ve never heard of a travel photo shoot, only when we were staying in a resort in Bali there was a photographer there wanting to take couples photos and we politely refused! Yes the professional photographers certainly know their stuff. #TeamLovinLife

  • Pinky Poinker
    July 26, 2018

    What stunning photos… before and after. I don’t care about having my photo taken but I try not to look at them ;)

    • Kathy
      July 27, 2018

      Thanks Michelle. I think since I’ve had this result I won’t mind looking at these photos! #TeamLovinLife

  • Anne
    July 27, 2018

    Looking smoking hot!

    • Kathy
      July 27, 2018

      Ha ha! Thank you Anne. As a menopausal woman I can attest to be “smoking hot”! #TeamLovinLife

  • Deborah
    July 28, 2018

    You look fabulous. I think it’s important to get a photographer who allows you to feel comfortable and be yourself….. just the best possible version of yourself! x

    • Kathy
      July 30, 2018

      Thanks Deb. Mandy did make me feel very comfortable even though I was way out of my comfort zone!

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    July 30, 2018

    This is so cool! You look absolutely stunning. xo

    • Kathy
      July 30, 2018

      Thank you Leanne. One can only think this is the best I’m ever going to look from now on!

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