Lori is our latest Fabulous Beyond 40 participant and I love that she’s changing the ageing narrative one voice at a time, starting with her own. She knows that age is just a number and that women are fierce forces to be reckoned with. She rocked her 40 Over 40 boudoir session being completely herself. Fierce, strong, gorgeous, fabulous and so much more!
Thank you Lori for starting the conversation and let’s keep it going!
Lori is Fabulous Beyond 40!
What Made You Want to Celebrate Being Fabulous By Doing A Boudoir Photography Photo Session?
As I move through midlife and perimenopause, I realize that there is SO much to celebrate, contrary to popular belief. The narrative in the media around ageing (especially for women) has got to change. And it will only happen if we have different conversations.
This phase of life is a huge transition with responsibilities, relationships, hormones and health and while it can be overwhelming at times, we can choose to move through it with grace and ease. Grace meaning living life on my terms and ease meaning finding some fierce boundaries around what I say Yes and No to.
I am so happy, I said YES to this experience.
What Did You Enjoy Most About This Vancouver Boudoir Experience? How Did It Make You Feel About Yourself?
I loved doing this experience, just for me. I felt like I was honouring myself and where I'm at in my life right now. If felt so playful and fun (and a little bit naughty). Michele made me feel so comfortable and free to be and do exactly what I wanted to do.
What Have You Learned to Appreciate More as You Have Aged?
I appreciate the connection I have with my body more than I ever have. I'm listening to what my soul wants more than ever and living through that.
How Has Your Relationship With Yourself and Your Body Changed Over Time?
I have a level of acceptance and appreciation for my body now that I didn't have when I was younger. Getting older is such a gift that not everyone gets to experience and I'm so grateful for that!
If You Could Go Back in Time and Meet Your 18 Year Old Self, What Would You Say to Her?
You are so wise and strong. Trust that you know what you need to feel good and healthy. Be gentle with yourself. You are enough.
What is Your Motto or Favourite Quote?
Simplify and go deeper to what remains.
Having Now Participated in This Intimate Photo Shoot, What Advice Can You Offer Other Women Of All Ages Around Ageing and the Ageing Narrative?
Question the narrative. There is so much beauty and wisdom that comes with growing older. It's deeper and more fulfilling than you can imagine. It can be the most freeing and liberating time of your life.
Any Last Words For The Women Reading This?
By 2025, there will be 1.1 billion women in menopause on this planet. You are definitely not alone and part of a very powerful force emerging.
Yowza! Thank you for sharing Lori. That is really incredible and inspiring too. And you’re right: we as women are a force!
To learn all about the Fabulous Beyond 40 Experience, click here for all of the details! I look forward to connecting with you for a complimentary consultation.
Read about the other fabulous women over 40 who we've featured on the blog.
Photos shared with permission.
Michele Mateus is a Boudoir, Intimate Portrait & Nude Fine Art Photographer located in Coquitlam, BC. Serving Coquitlam, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley, BC. Studio, Outdoor and On-location Boudoir Photography.
Hair & Makeup By Jenny Valla.
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