When I turned 30 a friend bought me a photo shoot as a gift. The photos were stunning and I’ve always kept one on my wall as inspiration for how I would like to look when I had finally finished my childbearing days.
When I was 30 I felt pretty good about the way I looked, I had just got engaged, was going to the gym regularly, eating healthily and was happy. More recently however I have come to the conclusion that I have always been too self critical and never really accepted how amazing I looked.
This year I turned 40. As clichéd as it is, I see this as a turning point. I don’t want to have anymore children so I now have the opportunity to get my body back in shape, to build a career and to become me again. I have just returned from a photo shoot for my 40th birthday. In the past 10 years I’ve had 3 kids and 2 miscarriages, I’ve got more wrinkles and spend a lot less time on looking good. I rarely get a haircut and lots of my clothes are past their sell by date. However, I have finally stopped beating myself up for not being as slim as I was in my 20’s. For the first time in a very long time I feel good about the way I look. I think for a 40 year old with 3 kids, the youngest of whom is only 9 months , I look pretty damn good.
I kept the cat suit from the first photo shoot – I never really believed I would ever be able to wear it again, but today I proved myself wrong. Ok, I’m not quite as slim as 10 years ago and I did need a bit of help from some Bridget Jones pants but I did it and I think I look pretty good .
So here are some of the photos from my 30th
And the one’s I had taken today proving we can still look fabulous at 40
For anyone who wants a special gift for a special birthday I can highly recommend New ID Studios for a makeover photo shoot. The shoot includes a hair wash, cut and style, makeup and the photoshoot. A lovely day out and a great way to boost your self esteem.
10 thoughts on “Turning 40 – Aging Well? Comparing Photoshoots 10 years on.”
Wow Rachel you look incredible! So glad you had the guts to do this – there’s not many 40 year old that can pull off a catsuit! (In fact there’s not many people full stop that can). totally goreous – Happy 40th!!
Ten years on and three kids, you still look 30. Awesome photos Rach.
Thanks Guys and to Al for commenting on my blog – not many friends do x
Thank-you very much. Yes New ID Studios were great, can’t wait till my girls are older and we can do mother and daughters photoshoots.
I love The Works on my birthday….massage, hair, makeup – proof that I’m still young!
Really inspiring post – well done you
I think you actually look more amazing at 40! Absolutely love the dress you are wearing – you look great 🙂
I was going to say I think you look better at 40 as well! I’m on the cusp of turning 30 and I wish I looked as good at 27 as you do now! I feel quite depressed now! lol Btw… I found your blog from Kate on thin ice’s “Getting your groove back” linky.
Thank you so much for all the lovely comments, and for reminding me that I’m not passed it. It means a lot that people take the time to comment x
You look so amazing in your pictures, I had the same idea and took my twin sister for a makeover for our 40th as well and we both loved it.
New ID made us feel like new woman, we both got a much needed confidence boost and it think it got both of us thinking a bit more about trying to look good instead of thinking OK well we are older now and we can just let ourselves go.
I think it is important for all women to take time out for themselves, we get dragged into a world were we are so busy working and taking care of the house, kids and husbands we often forget out important it is to put something back into us.
I think New ID is a great way of getting the boost you need to get back on track.
Tara and I are now going to get into the gym and get into shape, we are going to have a year of good healthy diet, lots of exercise and then go back again and have some pictures that I know we are going to look even better in.
Thank you for sharing your experience and your amazing pictures.