September 12, 2023

Shannon's 40 over 40 Story

My eyes.

I want to be able to relax and let myself shine through. I sometimes have trouble doing that in front of the camera.

I think too many women over 40 try to hide their bodies thinking they are "getting old." We need to learn to love our bodies and realize we are ALL beautiful!

The initial reason was for business....then I learned about the boudoir and thought of my 10 year anniversary.

Again, the confidence to embrace my age and realize it's not all over for me yet! 🙂  And to meet other women that feel the same way.

I am excited to see how I can "transform" myself and become more comfortable in my body. I talk a good talk right now but sometimes it's hard to embrace it.

I used to lament over past events in my life but now I realize that I wouldn't be who I am today if not for those events.


I would like to tell myself to just relax and not sweat the small stuff. Trust in God and everything falls into place just how it's supposed to.

Can I say myself lol? I didn't have a support system growing up and I had to figure out a lot of things on my own. My life could have turned out so much differently if I hadn't made the right choices for myself, by myself.

I think less is more! Don't put on a "mask" of makeup to hide your self-perceived flaws.

On my wedding day (the second one). I had grown up so much and finally knew who I was.

When I was a single mom and managing to survive with two kids on my own. It was so, so hard sometimes but I did it!

Dependable, hard-working, supportive

Shannon originally joined the 40 over 40 to obtain headshots for her new career as a realtor, but quickly decided to take advantage of the moment and step out of her comfort zone to celebrate herself with boudoir photos too!  Her 10th anniversary was coming up and it was the perfect gift for her beloved hubby!  However, even though it was a gift for her husband, I think she received the best gift!  I will never forget her comment, "I didn't think I was sexy, but now I see what my husband sees in me!"

You can see your sexy side too

About the Author Amy Paris Jackson

Amy Paris Jackson, the award-winning portrait photographer behind Amy Paris Photography, specializes in boudoir, beauty and branding in NW Indiana. Her mission is to empower women to fall in love with themselves—whether for the first time or all over again. With Amy, you don’t need to worry about posing; she expertly guides you through each session to ensure you look your absolute best. Seeing your beautiful portraits will boost your confidence and self-esteem, showing yo

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