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Are you a woman in your 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and beyond?

This is for you!

 

In 2022 I was on a mission to photograph 40 women in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and beyond, in a transformational and empowering experience that is all about them.  Women of all ages and all wonderful shapes and sizes are uniquely beautiful and deserve to be acknowledged, seen, and celebrated.

As a woman in my forties, I can firsthand relate to women worrying about their age, their looks or simply not feeling worthy enough to celebrate their age and their body. And this inspired me to partake in the global 40-over-40 movement and to celebrate and empower other women to embrace self-love and their beauty. You and me, we are enough!

It has been an amazing experience getting to know and photograph the 40 participants. As the 2022 Project is now completed, I cannot wait to start all over again and bring confidence, joy and pride to 40 women in 2023. Please scroll down and completed the form if you are interested in partaking. Not sure if this is for you? Join us on November 18th at the Exhibition and Celebration Party and meet the fabulous women who indulged in this fun and radiating experience.

Join me in this exciting and worthy experience that will transform the way you see yourself and give you the confidence to love your body and be comfortable in your own skin.

 

2022 40 over 40 Project Participants

Exhibition and Celebration Party

It has been an amazing experience getting to know and photograph the 40 wonderful participants. Women ages 42 to 84 shined, laughed, cried, and simply let themselves be gorgeous, real, fun, and sensual beings. They let go of all self-doubts and of all reasons why they did not see themselves as worthy and beautiful. And we created magic.

Join us on Friday, November 18 at 6:00 pm for an evening dedicated to honoring these 40 fabulous, gorgeous and extraordinary “everyday” women!

The event ticket includes:

• The portrait exhibit of the 40 women

• Warm appetizers

• Two drinks (cash bar also available)

Location: The Schlafly Tap Room – Club Room

2100 Locust Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

For more information please contact Danijela at info@dyrafaeliphotography.com or 314-626-0919.

celebrating the strength, wisdom and beauty of women 40+

 

 

Why should you do it?

To Celebrate your life and your story

Every woman’s journey is different and should be cherished

To learn to love and honor your beauty

Love your every line, every curve, and every scar. They are all part of your essence

To feel confident and empowered

Do something special and empowering for just yourself

To Stand Up for body positivity

 Every woman is beautiful, regardless your age, shape, or size

To Inspire others

It’s time to start a conversation about the beauty of aging, and change the way the world and media define it

To Embrace Self-Love

“Believing in our hearts that who we are is enough is the key to more satisfying and balanced life.” – Ellen Sue Stern

 

 

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Learn to embrace your own unique beauty, celebrate your unique gifts with confidence. Your imperfections are actually a gift.

— Kerry Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn to embrace your own unique beauty, celebrate your unique gifts with confidence. Your imperfections are actually a gift.

— Kerry Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why over 40? And Why Me?

As a photographer, I was often met with a shy resistance by my female clients over the age of 40 about having their individual portrait taken in addition to the portraits of them with their pet, their family, or their significant other.

The insecurities would surface and with it the conversations about aging and the feeling of not being enough anymore. These are common worries most women share. I heard them all and I promised every woman I photographed that I will take the most beautiful portraits they had ever seen of themselves in a fun, stress-free session.

And then, at the portraits presentation, I could see and feel their excitement and often tears of joy for having indulged in this amazing portrait experience. An experience that made them more confident about themselves and that revealed how beautiful they already are.

Ladies, we, women over 40 deserve to love ourselves. We Are Enough.

– Danijela, your portrait photographer

what is included in your

40 over 40

Portrait experience

what is included in your

40 over 40

Portrait experience

An Unforgettable and  Empowering Experience

 

 

What is the cost?

I’m offering the 40 over 40 special project package for just $250. (A total retail value of $400)

WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE?

A PRE-SESSION CONSULTATION

to learn about you and your story, and to plan your dream photoshoot, wardrobe & styling

ACCESS TO OUR STUDIO WARDROBE

you are welcome to wear some unique pieces from our studio wardrobe during your shoot if you desire

WARDROBE FITTING APPOINTMENT

We want you to feel confident with your wardrobe choices – between our wardrobe and anything you bring –  and look forward to a stress-free portrait experience. Studio wardrobe is available in various sizes.

HAIR & MAKEUP

Our stylist will get your hair & makeup done for the photoshoot. A custom-tailored hair & makeup look as per your vision & inspiration

PHOTOSHOOT

 A fully guided photoshoot at our St. Louis’ Studio Loft. A two-three hour, fun experience to help you feel confident, radiant, and beautiful.

PORTRAIT REVEAL

A follow-up, exciting experience where you will be able to view all your images. The presentation includes 30+ portraits to choose from

ONE PORTRAIT OF YOUR CHOICE

You will receive one portrait of your choice in 10×8 print presented in an elegant 11×14 white mat, ready to frame as well as the digital file of the same image. Or, if you wish to get more than one image, we shall give you a $250 credit towards our collections

 

 

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testimonials

Angel, 52

“Danijela delivered on her promise to make me feel empowered, sexy, and confident. Her pampering through the sessions allowed me to be comfortable in my own skin and the star of my own show. Danijela’s photographs truly captured the essence of my confidence and vulnerability. It was an uplifting experience that I recommend to every woman.

Angel

Denise, 67

I cannot say enough about Pets and People Portrait Studios. Everything from the studio venue which is amazing to the absolute care I received from both Dani and Yagil. Dani is so wonderful during your pre-session wardrobe selection, helping you pick out just the right attire to suit your personality and perhaps even going out of your comfort zone. She spends the time to get just the right emotion from you revealing your true self and personality. But more than that she is able to capture your true emotion and even able to unveil parts of you that maybe you did not even know were there. She is so patient and kind and works very hard to make sure every shot is perfect for you. I highly recommend Pets & People Studios for a special one-of-a-kind experience.

Denise

Jules, 55

“Working with Dani was one of the most delightful experiences I can recall.  It began with a phone call not long after I responded to something I saw on social media.  I knew right away that Dani’s project was special and I wanted to be a part of it.  40 women over the age of 40, telling their story through photographs with Dani on the other side of the camera is empowering, enlightening, inspiring and motivating.

Meeting Dani to pick out the wardrobe and get to know one another a bit before the actual shoot was delightful.  Dani is warm and inviting and I felt comfortable and welcomed into her home just like we had been old friends.  On the day of the photo shoot, I felt like Cinderella!  From the lovely woman that did my make-up perfectly, to the array of tasty treats Dani had prepared and my bottomless cup of coffee… she thought of everything to make me my best.  I do love to smile, so it was even easier with Dani giving me some encouragement and tips on how to look and feel like my most perfect self.  Hours flew by and I enjoyed every moment… part 1

Jules, 55

“We met again to view the photos and narrow them down to the ones I loved and wanted to give to my husband and girls, plus the one for the final project.  It was very difficult to choose because Dani truly captured my true essence and I was blown away at how many of the shots I truly loved.  I love photos of myself.  That is rarely the case, but these were exquisite.  What a gift!

I will always cherish the time I got to spend getting to know Dani.  I sincerely consider her a friend and can not wait to hopefully meet the other woman that walked the beautiful path that Dani so lovingly created. “

Jules – part 2

Nicole, 49

My experience with 40 over 40 was amazing! As I am at 49 and holding for a few more months from the big 5-0, I wanted to commemorate, embrace & celebrate my age. Dani truly did a wonderful job helping with that! She put a lot of time & dedication into working with me with a consultation on clothing and background options. It was truly wonderful to have my hair & makeup done for the shoot too; knowing someone was taking care of that, took off a lot of pressure the day of. Women of all ages, shapes & sizes want to feel like a superstar/model sometimes & Dani made that happen. We are our own worst critics but with so many truly amazing photos to choose from, it was so easy to see my own beauty. As someone who normally dislikes photos, I was mesmerized by them & had trouble deciding on my favorites. Ladies – Take the picture (not behind the camera), flaunt your insecurities, flaunt your individual beauty & show the world how wonderful you are.

Nicole

testimonials

Angel, 52

“Danijela delivered on her promise to make me feel empowered, sexy, and confident. Her pampering through the sessions allowed me to be comfortable in my own skin and the star of my own show. Danijela’s photographs truly captured the essence of my confidence and vulnerability. It was an uplifting experience that I recommend to every woman.”

Angel

Denise, 67

I cannot say enough about Pets and People Portrait Studios. Everything from the studio venue which is amazing to the absolute care I received from both Dani and Yagil. Dani is so wonderful during your pre-session wardrobe selection, helping you pick out just the right attire to suit your personality and perhaps even going out of your comfort zone. She spends the time to get just the right emotion from you revealing your true self and personality. But more than that she is able to capture your true emotion and even able to unveil parts of you that maybe you did not even know were there. She is so patient and kind and works very hard to make sure every shot is perfect for you. I highly recommend Pets & People Studios for a special one-of-a-kind experience.

Denise

Jules, 55

“Working with Dani was one of the most delightful experiences I can recall.  It began with a phone call not long after I responded to something I saw on social media.  I knew right away that Dani’s project was special and I wanted to be a part of it.  40 women over the age of 40, telling their story through photographs with Dani on the other side of the camera is empowering, enlightening, inspiring and motivating.

Meeting Dani to pick out the wardrobe and get to know one another a bit before the actual shoot was delightful.  Dani is warm and inviting and I felt comfortable and welcomed into her home just like we had been old friends.  On the day of the photo shoot, I felt like Cinderella!  From the lovely woman that did my make-up perfectly, to the array of tasty treats Dani had prepared and my bottomless cup of coffee… she thought of everything to make me my best.   part 1

Jules, 55

“I do love to smile, so it was even easier with Dani giving me some encouragement and tips on how to look and feel like my most perfect self.  Hours flew by and I enjoyed every moment. We met again to view the photos and narrow them down to the ones I loved and wanted to give to my husband and girls, plus the one for the final project.  It was very difficult to choose because Dani truly captured my true essence and I was blown away at how many of the shots I truly loved.  I love photos of myself.  That is rarely the case, but these were exquisite.  What a gift!

I will always cherish the time I got to spend getting to know Dani.  I sincerely consider her a friend and can not wait to hopefully meet the other woman that walked the beautiful path that Dani so lovingly created. “

Jules – part 2

Nicole, 49

My experience with 40 over 40 was amazing! As I am at 49 and holding for a few more months from the big 5-0, I wanted to commemorate, embrace & celebrate my age. Dani truly did a wonderful job helping with that! She put a lot of time & dedication into working with me with a consultation on clothing and background options. It was truly wonderful to have my hair & makeup done for the shoot too; knowing someone was taking care of that, took off a lot of pressure the day of. Women of all ages, shapes & sizes want to feel like a superstar/model sometimes & Dani made that happen. We are our own worst critics but with so many truly amazing photos to choose from, it was so easy to see my own beauty. As someone who normally dislikes photos, I was mesmerized by them & had trouble deciding on my favorites. Ladies – Take the picture (not behind the camera), flaunt your insecurities, flaunt your individual beauty & show the world how wonderful you are.

Nicole

how CAN YOU apply?

Start by filling out the below application form and we shall contact you with more details about the project. Please note that 40 OVER 40 portrait sessions are not like our regular portrait sessions. They go beyond, to include as well inspiring stories that speak women’s feelings before and after the session about their journey towards self-love and empowerment.

Agree to all of the following:

  • Before & After photo to be used on our website, social media, print materials, and other marketing platforms
  • Interview questions to be answered before and after your photoshoot. This may include a video testimonial
  • Sessions will include a magazine-style photoshoot experience, with wardrobe and makeup fitting the occasion

There are only 40 spots available. 

 

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Does Any of The Below Sound Familiar?

If so, the 40 OVER 40 – A WOMAN EMPOWERED photoshoot is for you!

Throughout the years I have heard – and sometimes felt – the below insecurities women face. Insecurities – turned to excuses – that create a barrier for so many women to even think of existing in portraits for themselves or those who love them. If any of the below is your personal barrier, I’m happy to share that we will overcome them all!

  • “I NEED TO LOSE 20 POUNDS” – There are so many outfits and poses for curvier women that will make them look feminine, sexy, and beautiful. A woman is not measured in pounds, rather in her expression and confidence shining in her portrait
  • “I’M NOT PHOTOGENIC” – Honestly, there is no such thing as being photogenic. It is a photographer’s job to capture the essence of who you are and make your personality shine. You are in good hands.
  • “WHO NEEDS PICTURES OF ME? I DON’T” – Women LOVE hiding behind the camera. Thousands of photographs of their families, pets, and friends. But, they seem not to be able to justify that they deserve to live in photographs, too. For their loved ones and most importantly for themselves.
  • “THIS IS ONLY FOR WOMEN WHO LOOK LIKE THEY BELONG IN A MAGAZINE” – Oh, do we have a surprise waiting for you! After you are done with makeup and hairstyling on your session and come in front of the camera dressed in your dream outfit, YOU will feel like you are part of a magazine-style photoshoot. And it feels fabulous!

The  – 40 Over 40 A Woman Empowered –  Portrait Session Timeline

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First, we would love to talk. We offer 30 min complimentary consultations where we explain in detail about our sessions and services. To schedule your consultation, please fill in the below 40 over 40 inquiry form. Once we choose a session date, we’ll embark, together, on a journey of building this fabulous experience tailored to you.

2

A week or two before your session, we’ll schedule a fitting session. Your session will include 4-5 wardrobe changes, and you want to make sure how everything looks and fits.  We have dresses for you to choose from, and we encourage you to consider bringing some unique clothing that makes you – you. From contemporary to classic, from gowns to lingerie, you should be excited about every piece of clothing we’ll build into your magazine-style photoshoot. We’ll guide you and share recommendations. You will not be alone in this fun undertaking!

3

On the day of the session, you just have to show up and we’ll take it from there. Our make-up and hair artist will take care of pampering you while you sip on your glass of bubbly and enjoy some strawberries. We are excited to have a fun afternoon together. A magazine-style photoshoot awaits you. Our clients are all fabulous and individual women and every session will be tailored to fit you specifically. From traditional to contemporary, from beautiful dresses to intimate white sheets sessions, it’s all about you.

4

About 7-14 days after the session, we’ll have your premiere, in person or over zoom. This is where you’ll be able to see your stunning portraits and choose your favorite image included with your session as well as any additional images you might like to purchase. We’ll guide you through all the options and will ensure you are happy and in love with anything you choose.

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join these 40+ and fabulous women