Ms. Cheryl

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO CELEBRATE BEING FAB OVER 40?

I have one 8 x 12 enlarged photo taken of me at age 22, a handful of maybe 6 snapshots of myself dancing in musicals before age 30 and a couple of posed stills at age 50. Otherwise nada!!! Considering that I have danced all my life, there is no visual documentation or evidence of this dance in existence.. until now. I so enjoy the collection we created last August.

Now I “see myself while being seen”. I look at the photos and I remember that moment, the feelings and the joy of moving. I know I am a dancer but with these photos, there’s proof. I see myself as a dancer.

WHAT DID YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT THIS EXPERIENCE?

As a dance educator I am always engaged in facilitating the dance experience for others and though I may join in the dance to demonstrate

or encourage others, this experience with Michele allowed me to be photographed while moving for myself. Even though it took a long time

to do this I felt that finally I honoured my dancing self.

HOW HAS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR BODY CHANGED

OVER TIME?

I know my body better than I ever did before. I know what I can ask my body to do. I know what makes me dizzy or sore. I know this body is physically strong and flexible. I love my body, lumps, bumps and idiosyncracies!

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED TO APPRECIATE MORE AS YOU

HAVE AGED?

Let me tell you here and now, that at seventy… I know what I know.

It’s hard for me to even acknowledge the painful blushing shyness, the hesitancy, the uncertainty that I danced myself out of til now. But that’s gone… I like who I am, I know who I am.

Let’s Make
Magic Together!

I Look Forward To Having
You In My Vancouver Boudoir
And Portrait Studio!

Michele Mateus is an award winning Vancouver Boudoir and Women’s Portrait Photographer. Serving Coquitlam, Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Langley, Abbotsford, Squamish, Burnaby, Surrey, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, New Westminster and the Great Vancouver area.

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