September 5, 2023

Cheri's 40 over 40 Story

I love my eyes and full lips!

I damaged my body with the years of being overweight. As I see myself in pictures, I have never been happy… I hope to change that!

I have come a very long way in my 50 years… I was overweight for over half of that. I am in a place where I have some confidence to actually pose for a photo instead of hiding in the back. I am looking forward to being front and center!

I have lost over 100 pounds! It’s time to celebrate me!

Show other women who have struggled in some aspect of their life that they are in control! Take charge and own it!

Feeling like a pin up model from the 40’s/50’s! I feel like I should have lived in a different lifetime. The silver screen sirens have been my joy for as long as I can remember! Elizabeth Taylor, Katherine Hepburn, Betty Davis, Judy Garland,  and So many others simply take my breath away!

Remind those who are close that you love them, they may not be there tomorrow!


Value all those who are around you! Take criticism to heart! Know that no matter what… you are worthy of love and more importantly, respect!

My mother! She was a teen mom in the 70’s, married and pregnant in high school. I watched her struggle my whole life to build a life for us. A family, a home. She worked several jobs to make ends meet. She often says that I raised her… little does she know that without her, I would be lost! She is my everything! 

Under eye serum! It reduces puffyness and dark circles!

I don’t know that I have ever felt lot beautiful….

4 years ago when I decided to take control of my life and lose the weight!

Funny, Smart, and Loud!

Cheri was a joy to photograph and I enjoyed getting to know the beautiful woman she is inside, as well.  This beautiful woman and her bestie traveled from McHenry, IL to participate in the 40 over 40 campaign!  Grab your bestie or your mother/daughter and celebrate womanhood, aging gracefully and yourselves!  There are spaces available still in the second round of the 40 over 40 campaign so inquire today!!

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About the Author Amy Paris Jackson

Amy is a professional portrait photographer in NW Indiana. She specializes in glamour and boudoir photography because she takes great joy in empowering women of all ages and sizes to look and feel beautiful. She also loves watching her clients’ self-confidence, self-accept, and self-love re-emerge during their photoshoots as they see how truly beautiful they are.

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