50 and Fabulous

Last November I embarked on a project called 50 And Fabulous. I put out a 'model call' for a few ladies who were 50+ who wanted to experience a contemporary glamour shoot. Four ladies signed up, and it was such a joy to have them in from of my camera.

“There is no old age.

There is, as there always was, just you.”

- Carol Grace -

The idea for the project came from an impromptu portrait session with my mom. This year she turned 70. She still runs 4kms just about every morning, she’s still working, she’s got a purple streak in her hair. Most people guess she’s at least 15 years younger than she is. And it got me thinking - there are so many women out there just like my mom.

When I asked the ladies when last they had been photographed, the answers varied from

“Oh, only at family occasions like weddings”


“Never, I’m always the one behind the camera”.

I know it’s not easy to be photographed, especially when you weren’t part of the 'selfie'

generation. But, I always tell the moms (and dads) who want to book sessions for just their kids: “when your children look for portraits of you one day, what are they going to find?”.

So, I wanted to offer a portrait experience to the woman who had put her family ahead of herself. And now that her birds had flown the nest, she deserved to have something just for her.

I wanted to offer a portrait experience to women who had been through a divorce, or lost a loved one, and needed some encouragement.

I wanted to offer a portrait experience to the businesswoman who wanted to swop the suit for a ballgown.

I wanted to offer a portrait experience not just to families, but to women who felt that 50, 60, 70 plus was the new 20.

Above all, I wanted the ladies to have fun and celebrate themselves!

“Growing old is mandatory,

but growing up is optional”

- Walt Disney -

Thank you Heather, Merl, Lindi and Debi for trusting me with your portraits. And thank you to Nikkita Naidu from Nikki’s Beautique for the beautiful hair and make-up styling.

Are you 50 and Fabulous? Would you love to have your own custom portrait session, or share the experience with a friend? Contact us for more information.

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