Rena McDonald

Age 47

I love the lack of self judgement that has come with being a woman over the age of 40. When you are young, you are always trying to figure out how to please other people and second guess what they think. Now that I am nearing 50, it is all about MY choices and concerns. It is an incredibly liberating feeling.

My life is truly extraordinary. I run my own successful business. I have a wonderful marriage and two amazing children. Every day I get to decide what is going to happen and how I show up. I have worked very hard for many years and finally am able to really focus on what I love doing. You know you’re in a great place when the challenges become fun to resolve.

I really think that the next ten years will be a dramatic transition in my life. I am excited to release my first solo book project. It has been several years in the making and its completion is an important goal I have set for myself. Additionally, I am rebranding my business and really looking to grow. I’m excited about what that will look like and what that will mean for me.

I had such an amazing time during my photo session. I felt special and beautiful during the entire experience, and I truly believed that showed through, right to the final proofs. I have always had glasses and was afraid of what these pictures would look like without them. I was pleasantly surprised and had come to the realization that I had been hiding behind them for years. Despite my age, I do believe these are the best pictures I have ever taken as an adult. I realize age is a number not a defining factor of beauty.