Nothing is more empowering to a woman than learning to embrace even the parts of ourselves that we considered flawed.

This beautiful woman is Lynne! She was another participant in our 30 women over 30 portrait series. Lynne has been married for 20 years and is the mother to two daughters (18 and 15) and she is a stay-at-home mom or more appropriately titled: Domestic Engineer. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her family and friends, explore new places and listen to live music. She also loves to relax by enjoying a glass of wine on her porch (we are both front-porch-enthusiasts!) and reading a juicy mystery novel. After years of taking care of everyone in her family Lynne absolutely deserves to have some beautiful, classy photos taken to celebrate herself!

Lynne told us that she really is happy with her body for the most part but, she has a hard time committing to staying in shape and feels she loses motivation quickly. Lynne says she naturally has an athletic build and could be in REALLY great shape if she committed to doing so and that is partly her motivation for participating in this shoot. When discussing insecurities she also admits that she had for a long time been very self-conscious about her forehead. She recently decided to embrace it and now she proudly wears all of her hair pulled back, away from her face, which she would NEVER have done before. Lynne says this makes her feel wonderful (There is a lesson for everyone in that!) Nothing is more empowering to a woman than learning to embrace even the parts of ourselves that we considered flawed.

If she had the chance to tell the teenage version of herself some advice about self image she would say: "‘Stand tall, because you are! Don't hunch over, or bend at the knee in photos, be proud of your stature, your long legs, your high forehead!’ Lynne also says that at almost age 47 she is finally taking her own advice (Never too late!). To cite Lynne’s favorite inspirational quote "Be yourself..everyone else is taken."

Professional HMUA: Christen Gundersen, Makeup by CG