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Afke - WOUW Performance Coaching // Gallery // Image 0
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Afke - WOUW Performance Coaching
Afke came in for a shoot at my studio in Driebergen to create updated business portraits for her website and to send to press and media for promotions. She works in a mainly masculine world and wanted to create something strong and simultaneously feminine. She is a sport psychologist, sport scientist and former physiotherapist. She works with (elite) athletes, coaches and other high performers. She loves her job because she can directly contribute to athletes' performance enhancement by improving their self-knowledge and helping them to develop skills such as focus, confidence, and resilience. It fulfils her to witness athletes grow, overcome challenges, and achieve their goals. She works with athletes from various sports and at different levels, from amateur to professional; but also with teams, coaches and other performers like musicians which provides a diverse and dynamic work environment. The field of sport psychology is constantly evolving, which also offers her opportunities for ongoing learning and professional development. She's based with her private practice in Utrecht. Her company ‘WOUW Performance Coaching’ is based on the campus of the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) in Zeist. She also works with the National U19 football team, which is mainly abroad for international championships. Visit her website for more info: https://www.afkevandewouw.nl
Astrid, 48 // Gallery // Image 4
Women, Fabulous Over 40
Astrid, 48
ASTRID, 48 Astrid came into my studio in Driebergen for a photoshoot on the Fabulous Over 40 Campaign. She had a shoot done when she was 23 with a hat and wanted to recreate similar images as a comparison in time. We had lots of fun playing around! If your friends/family had to describe you in 3-4 words, what would they say? Creative, compassionate, busy bee What would you say is your best emotional quality? Empathetic What is your occupation and how do you like to spend your free time? I'm an IT implementation consultant Free time: writing, DIY, caring for animals, dancing, spending time in nature, etc. etc. What is your favourite poem, quote or saying? "Don't do to others what you don't want others to do to you." I believe the world would be a happier place if everyone tried to live by this motto. What advice would you give your 20-year old self looking back? When people treat you badly, it says nothing about you, but a lot about them. Also, don't spend your life worrying about what other people think (I'm still working on that one). What are your thoughts on aging? I still feel like a 25-year-old, sometimes it's weird that my mirror doesn't reflect that. Do you still have a dream or big goal that you would love to accomplish? I'm still not sure what I want to be when I grow up!
Freddie and her kids  // Gallery // Image 8
Motherhood, With family
Freddie and her kids
MOTHERHOOD SESSION Last year, I had the privilege of capturing Freddie on her own as part of my '40 over 40' campaign. This year she brought her three lovely children - Laurien, Karlijn, and Douwe - to my studio in Driebergen. We had a wonderful time with Costina Lumezeanu pampering the girls with hairstyling and makeup, and we explored two unique looks - one with a fresh, light vibe, and the other with a classic, timeless charm. Freddie is such a positive, proactive and energetic woman and it's clear that her children adore her. I love capturing women on their own and also with the people that they love. That's why I've put together a special 'mother and daughter' experience, and while photoshoots are more of a 'girly' thing, boys are more than welcome to join in too.Want to learn more? https://www.julesmorgan.com/campaigns/mother-daughter It's an experience that's close to my heart, and I can't wait to share it with you.
Wendy, 54 // Gallery // Image 12
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Wendy, 54
If your friends/family had to describe you in 3-4 words, what would they say? Sweet, direct, honest, strong, independent, sensitive and vulnerable. One of my friends said she could write a trilogy :-)))) What would you say is your best emotional quality? Hard worker, sensitive, practical What are you most proud of? When I turned 50, I got divorced, lost my job and got depressed. I am not the kind of person that asks for help easily but got the courage to seek professional help. I got rid of my low self-esteem, my debts, my  doubts and toxic people.I am proud of that, looking back and to say that I did it.....all by myself! What is your favourite poem, quote or saying? I have a couple.... “Better an oops, than a what if.” “Watch, learn and try.” “Take a deep breath, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again” What advice would you give your 20-year old self looking back? Don't let anyone tell you, you're not good enough. Don't go out of your way to make everyone around you feel better, you will lose yourself and you will feel invisible. You matter too! I wish I had learned that decades ago..... What are your thoughts on ageing? Getting older doesn't really bother me, you can't stop it anyway....my hope is I grow old, happy and healthy. Is there anything else that you'd love to share as part of your story? I lost my mum last year, I know she would be só proud of me now for having the guts to participate in this challenge and having my picture taken. I wish I had done it sooner so she got to see them.
Ilse, 53 // Gallery // Image 16
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Ilse, 53
The 40-over-40 Women's Portrait Campaign Ilse is a warm, strong and caring woman who is a consultant and coach. Over the last while, she has undergone huge changes in her life - ending a long-term relationship, moving from her established home and becoming a master of NLP. She's also started writing a book. If your friends/family had to describe you in 3-4 words, what would they say? Loving, caring, warm person with a lot of humor. What would you say is your best emotional quality? I always see potential in people What is your occupation and how to you like to spend your free time? I work as an consultant and coach. In my free time I love reading, cooking, going to the gym (yoga), traveling and spent time with famlly and friends. What are you most proud of? My two children. I went through quite rough times the last few years: ended a longterm relationship. Found myself a new home. And became Master in NLP. And finally started writing a book. What is your favourite poem, quote or saying? Life is always happening for me not to me (Tony Robbins) What advice would you give your 20-year old self looking back? Have faith in yourself. being just who you are is perfect enough. When you entered your 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's or beyond, what did you find were the most significant or poignant changes? In my 50's I became a Master in NLP, I ended a longterm relationship, found myself a new home. And my children went to college. My father passed away when I was in my 40's. Do you have a story about yourself that you would like to share? The best present for my 50th birthday was an ice bath workshop, given by Wim Hoff. What are your thoughts on aging? In Dutch there is a saying that everybody wants to get old, but nobody wants to be old. However being seasoned has the advantage of knowing better what I want in life and what I don't want. And to realize that you're always one decision away from a totally different life. Do you still have a dream or big goal that you would love to accomplish? My goal is to write a book about women in their fifties.
ANAT, 42 // Gallery // Image 1
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ANAT, 42
Anat is a beautiful woman who has overcome breast cancer and made the choice not to have reconstructive surgery. She did this shoot as awareness for herself and for others that you can still be beautiful with one breast and that there is perfection in 'imperfection'. With the challenges she has been through, she wants to be of service and uplift others. If your friends/family had to describe you in a few words, what would they say? Someone to take with you when you know you will be stuck on a lonely island.  My loved ones know me as kind, intelligent, creative, responsible, caring, and a problem solver. What would you say is your best emotional quality? I'd say that my strongest emotional quality is empathy. I have a high ability to understand and connect with what others are feeling. I've always believed in being there for people, showing that I care, and taking responsibility in meaningful ways. I think my intelligence and creativity also play a role here, helping me see things from various angles and find unique ways to support and assist others. What is your occupation and how do you like to spend your free time? I was an academic scientist for nearly 20 years, investing most of my time and effort in research. However, at the age of 42, I made a significant shift in my career path to pursue what I see for myself: a more fulfilling journey. I now find myself drawn to working closely with people, seeking to inspire and uplift them. My current focus involves sharpening my skills as a facilitator, aiming to guide and teach others how to cultivate a collaborative and enjoyable work environment. I firmly believe that a harmonious workplace can foster creativity and productivity. Concurrently, I've found another passion that drives me - empowering women who have undergone mastectomy to embrace and love their bodies as they are: resilient and powerful. The last mission is close to my heart as I advocate for women to see themselves as not just survivors but as victorious heroes. Through my efforts, I aim to redefine societal perceptions and demonstrate that strength and empowerment are above physical appearances. It's about embracing our uniqueness and feeling both powerful and confident with our bodies, even if we have only one boob. Because, after all, we are more than capable of triumphing over adversity and redefining our own narratives. What are you most proud of?  What I'm most proud of is the person I've evolved into. While there have been numerous high points in my life, it's difficult to single out just one, as each achievement has shaped the individual I am today. One thing that stands out is my commitment to not taking the easy path. I've consistently looked for challenges to push myself and propel me forward. Whether it was serving in a commando unit in the army, doing a Ph.D. in a prestigious institute, relocating (alone) to the Netherlands, fighting breast cancer, or starting two businesses at the age of 42, each experience has contributed to my growth. Embracing these challenges has taught me resilience, adaptability, and the value of perseverance. By continuously striving to overcome hurdles and attain new heights, I've cultivated a sense of accomplishment and an unwavering belief in my own capabilities. This, above all, is what fills me with pride and gratification. What is your favourite poem, quote or saying Before each challenge, I tell myself:  1. Many people did it before me, and many people will do it after me. I am not an exception, and there is no reason I couldn't overcome this challenge either.  2. There is no point in worrying about things you cannot control. What advice would you give your 20-year old self looking back? To my 20-year-old self, I would advise: Don't be afraid to take the plunge and don't hesitate too much. You possess a set of unique virtues and character traits that you might not be fully aware of right now. Trust that as time passes, these qualities will come together to shape your path. At a later stage in life, you'll discover the true alignment of your passions and abilities, leading you to a sense of fulfillment and purpose in this world. Remember, each challenge you face and every decision you make contribute to your growth. The journey might not always be clear, but every experience is a stepping stone. Embrace uncertainty as an opportunity for growth, and trust in your inner strength. You have the capability to overcome obstacles and achieve more than you can imagine. Stay open to change, be receptive to new experiences, and don't shy away from taking calculated risks. The journey ahead will test you, but it will also unveil your hidden potential. So, step forward with confidence and a belief in your own unique journey. Your virtues will shine through, and eventually, all the pieces will come together, revealing the remarkable person you're meant to be. When you entered your 40's, what did you find were the most significant or poignant changes?  As I entered my 40s, (after already fighting cancer), something clicked inside me – a realization that this might be the last call to truly meet my destiny and redirect the course of my life toward its true purpose.  Although I like exploring and embracing new experiences, it felt like the right time to gather all these different journey experiences and merge them into a coherent story with a clear purpose. I could feel that there might not be another shot at aligning with my true calling. What are your thoughts on aging? If you cannot beat it - join it.  It doesn't mean that you need to give up and become old...  Do whatever you can to slow down the process of aging, and not only as in physical appearance. In a way, our physical appearance is connected to our mental state. Involve yourself in many social interactions, be busy, enjoy life, try new things and new activities, and collect good experiences and memories - as many as you can. You will, in a way, stay young. Do you still have a dream or big goal that you would love to accomplish? Only now, at the age of 42, I am starting to work on my real dream: to positively impact the lives of many!
Monique // Gallery // Image 5
Women, Fabulous Over 40
Monique
MONIQUE Monique is a confident, caring and determined woman who marches to her own beat. Everyone has different reasons for doing a photoshoot - for many people it's to do something beautiful and empowering for themselves, to celebrate a specific milestone or to step out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves. For Monique, her reason to do a photoshoot was an act of self-love as an example to her 19 year old daughter. And also to get some updated images to use for business. In her words: "Talk about doing something out of my comfort zone! I was incredibly apprehensive and anxious going into it, but when I walked out of your house, Jules, I felt like I was walking on a cloud! And now that I have these beautiful pictures of myself, I feel empowered and I feel that I have achieved what I wanted to achieve, which was to show my daughter that after adversity it is possible to love yourself again." WOW! Would you like to have an empowering experience and take steps to loving yourself a bit more? Pop me a mail and let's book a date!
Patricia // Gallery // Image 9
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Patricia
Patricia is a revalidatiearts who also has her own coaching business. She is a positive, energetic and joyful woman who is motivated by sustainability. Her favourite quote is 'Pura Vida'... which is all living a good life through cherishing simple pleasures. I I think that is so beautiful.. and something we can all do more of - rather than chasing 'more', to be aware and grateful of all the simple and beautiful pleasures we have already. Patricia came to my studio in Driebergen and was hesitant to have her make-up done as she doesn't wear much make-up but Costina Lumezeanu is a master of enhancing women's beauty in a natural way. We created mostly personal branding portraits for Patricia but then also decided to play around with something fun and feminine - a wedding outfit that Patricia hadn't worn in 20 years and still fit!
Marion, 48 // Gallery // Image 13
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Marion, 48
The Fabulous Over 40 Campaign Marion is a warm and spontaneous woman who started her real estate business 4 years ago. The past two and a half years have been tough for her, especially with the unexpected death of her soulmate, her mother. Despite her challenges, Marion believes that every bad event in life gives us the strength we need to make the next beautiful event possible. I love her favourite quote by Betty Friedan on aging: 'Aging is not "lost youth" but a new stage of opportunity and strength' Her future dreams include getting her pilot's license - amazing! This is what she said about her photoshoot: "It was an incredible experience and I got to know myself in a different way. I always say that I am a beautiful person inside and not on the outside. But the photoshoot showed me that I can also be beautiful on the outside."
Ming, 73 // Gallery // Image 17
Women
Ming, 73
The 40 over 40 Women's Portrait Campaign Ming is calm and patient and has the most radiant and sparkly eyes. She came in for a shoot with her daughter, Tzoe and her grandchildren joined in for some shots at the end - you can see how they just adore her. If your friends/family had to describe you in 3-4 words, what would they say? Friendly, caring, patient & loyal What would you say is your best emotional quality? Patience What is your occupation and how to you like to spend your free time? I used to be a stay at home mom, when my kids were still little, now I have grandchildren. My hobbies, include diamond painting, listening to music and my volunteer work What are you most proud of? Still being able to do everything myself, I want to. What is your favourite poem, quote or saying? Doe maar normaal, dan ben je al gek genoeg. (We didn’t know how to translate this in English) What advice would you give your 20-year old self looking back? Your opinion matters and is of value. Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion. You are stronger than you think. What are your thoughts on aging? With age come insights
Gwen // Gallery // Image 2
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Gwen
Gwen came in as part of the Fabulous Over 40 Portrait Experience. We created some business and personal images to capture her beautiful tattoo. If your friends/family had to describe you in 3-4 words, what would they say? Perfectionist, intense, adventurer, determined. What would you say is your best emotional quality? Curious, focused, self-motivated What is your occupation and how to you like to spend your free time? I am a fractional marketing director but these days I spend a lot of time learning. In 2023, I took up violin, tango, horse riding, and programming. And recently I set up a volunteer-run support group for trauma survivors. What are you most proud of? I was abused when I was a child, for several years. It took me 30 years to speak up, seek help, and finally talk to someone about it. It was hard to overcome but that is not my narrative. I had to write my own story. So I worked hard, at my job, at myself to be where I am and who I am today. What is your favourite poem, quote or saying? Live Hard, Burn Bright. What advice would you give your 20-year old self? Don't be held back, speak up, and seek help if you need to. What are your thoughts on aging? It's important to work on oneself physically (health and fitness), and mentally. I do not want to wither and die, I want to age gracefully. Do you still have a dream or big goal that you would love to accomplish? I have recently set up a volunteer-run support group for trauma survivors. Through this, we hope to be able to offer support, and guidance and help them find strength to rebuild themselves. A lot of times, it's just helpful to know that someone is listening. If you are reading this, you are a survivor. You made it this far. We see you and we are listening, talk to us. Reach out to us to talk or to support others. We are Women in Need of Guidance and Strength (WINGS), find us on Instagram @wings.strength.
Claire, 45 // Gallery // Image 6
Women, Fabulous Over 40, Headshots
Claire, 45
Claire did a photoshoot as a part of her promise to herself to do more things that are just for herself and to push herself out of her comfort zone. She is a positive, fun and energetic woman and I had so much fun with her in studio in Driebergen dancing to a playlist that her daughter had made for the shoot. I love her thoughts on ageing: "Ageing is the gift that keeps giving. It is the wisdom to know that no one actually knows what they are doing, we are all making it up as we go. It is the confidence to be more you and say no to things, or people, that no longer serve you. It is the self-assurance to no longer worry about what others think. And it is the invitation to wear what makes you happy and dance to shop music even if everyone is looking and especially when shopping with your teenage daughter " If your friends/family had to describe you in 3-4 words, what would they say? Electric, forceful, caring, fun What would you say is your best emotional quality? Practical, self aware, inquisitive and naturally empathetic. I am a glass half full person who likes to have fun. What is your occupation and how to you like to spend your free time? At the end of 2023 I stepped away from a C-suite role to recharge my batteries and spend more time with my daughters. After an amazing 9 month break I am super excited to explore what my next adventure could be which has kicked off with launching my own operational consultancy company, OpsAngel, here in The Netherlands. My free time is family time. Dog walks, hanging out, exploring new places, attempting to learn Dutch and Friday night which for my family is always home-made pizza night with a bit of a boogie in the kitchen. What are you most proud of? Our home is a kaleidoscope of colour, music, laughter and love that gives me so much joy and pride. I am proud of the personal journey I have been on since becoming a mum which has seen me step out of my comfort zone time and time again and led me to the top of my profession  I am proud of my beautiful family and the extraordinary human beings that are my children - the strong, confident women they are becoming and the way in which they navigate the world with such positivity , inquisitiveness and energy. And I am proud of the courage my husband and I have had to build a life, and a home, on our own terms. It could have been so easy to follow the crowd and do the things that others expected of us but instead we have trodden our own path which has taken us on many amazing adventures, led us to live in different countries, and brought into our lives people who have added so much depth and colour to all aspects of our lives. What is your favourite poem, quote or saying? "What we know matters, but who we are matters more" Brene Brown Experiences over the things. Always. What advice would you give your 20-year old self looking back? You are enough! Worry less about what others think, trust more in yourself, be open to every opportunity, be selfish sometimes, and build two muscles every day; self love and health. When you entered your 40's, what did you find were the most significant or poignant changes? As I have gone into my 40s I have been humbled by the power of my body to tell me what it needs, and I am equally grateful that I have had the self awareness to be able to listen and act. I have learnt that physical and mental health is the foundation of everything and making it a priority has a positive knock-on effect on work, family and relationships.
Hannatu, 44 // Gallery // Image 10
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Hannatu, 44
The Fabulous Over 40 Women's Portrait Campaign If your friends/family had to describe you in 3-4 words, what would they say? Smart, practical joker, caring What would you say is your best emotional quality? I listen and try not to speak too quickly. What is your occupation and how do you spend your free time? I work as an Accountant and enjoy singing, reading, and watching sci-fi movies or series. As the mother of a toddler at the moment, I have very little free (me) time and when I am not working or taking care of my family, I take long walks though I am rarely alone for that. I also spend time working on my podcast (editing, writing up interview questions etc). What are you most proud of? I have lived in four different countries- including my country of birth, but I am most proud of having made it through four IVF cycles and several embryo transfers. What is your favourite poem, quote or saying? 1. You only live once.  2. No man is an island. What advice would you give your 20-year old self looking back? Live in the moment, every moment. When you entered your 40's, what did you find were the most significant or poignant changes? Entering my 40s, I find the emotional changes something to celebrate. I am more resilient and at the same time more sympathetic towards others. Do you have a story about yourself that you would like to share? When I was in my 20s, I moved on a whim to a city in England where I did not know anyone. Wandering around the city with my ‘fresh-off-the-boat’ luggage and barely any money in my pocket, I met a stranger in a shop who offered me their couch to sleep on and I took the offer ( 😳 not recommended!). The next day or so, I was walking down the street looking for available house-shares and saw a note on a red door advertising an empty room. The note seemed friendly ( it was signed with hearts). I left my name and number, the host called me back and I moved in that day. She ended up being like an adopted mother and I lived in the house for five years until I moved back to Nigeria. What are your thoughts on aging? Aging has a bad reputation which I think is undeserved. It is a blessing to go through different physical and emotional stages in your life, to see growth and change. Do you still have a dream or big goal that you would love to accomplish? There is still so much I would like to learn, especially about how technology can make our lives better. I would also like to learn to garden because I am a plant killer at the moment. Exploring the world by traveling more is also on my list of things to do. Is there anything else that you'd love to share as part of your story? Something I have learned from my husband is to be of service to those around me. Love is an action word and the more you give of it in the way you treat others, the more of it you feel. It would be a shame to go through life without it.
Debbie, 42 // Gallery // Image 14
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Debbie, 42
The 40-over-40 Women's Portrait Campaign I mey Debbie many years ago back in 2008 when I photographed a maternity session in Cape Town. I've been priviledged to capture her family over the years and have loved watching her girls grow. This time she came from London to be a part of the 40-over40 campaign and I was so excited to capture her in this way as she is such a gorgeous, strong and fabulous woman. Her daughters, Lerato and Nia joined in for some shots but this shoot was mainly about her. If your friends/family had to describe you in 3-4 words, what would they say? Gracious Stubborn Brave What would you say is your best emotional quality? I am driven by a sense of purpose and fairness, that often involves having difficult conversations with people. I am able to do this with a strong sense of empathy for the human being across the way from me and delivering messages in a calm and clear way. What is your occupation and how to you like to spend your free time? I am a Partnerships Director in a global inclusion consultancy and a Non-Eceutive Director of a legal services provider. I like to spend my free time with my family, hanging out and relaxing together. We enjoy eating out, watching movies, shopping and travelling together. I also really enjoy time out in nature - one of my favourite pastimes is walking our dog Biscuit in the woods. I am not myself if I am not exercising, so this is a regular fixture in my daily routine, especially on my Peloton bike! What are you most proud of? I am proud of: - the life that my husband and I have built in a foreign country we now call home without any family and support structures, and to do so raising our children together - the young tweens my daughters are growing up to be - they push me to be a better person everyday - the way that I have learnt from my many mistakes to be a better person in the world and to show up for people where I can - my professional achievements, after an extensive career break - proof that you can get back on track and that mature professionals don't need to be wasted talent - the risks I've taken in my life, sometimes not really knowing where life is going to lead me, but trusting that the universe has my back What is your favourite poem, quote or saying? "When somebody shows you who they are, believe them the first time" Maya Angelou What advice would you give your 20-year old self looking back? Say yes to everything that is going to grow you, even when it seems like it's going to be a struggle! Throw yourself into life with the mindset that there is more good in the world than bad, and that when the bad happens, it's to grow you - be open to it all. When you entered your 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's or beyond, what did you find were the most significant or poignant changes? Health - it's the most important thing, looking after myself and putting my health first has never been more important and listening to my body is everything to me. Family - you don't get to choose them, but they are the grounding force in my life - they come first always. Relationships - nurture the ones that give you energy, eliminate the ones that don't. Work - you spend 80% of your time working - make sure you're happy and doing work that matters - always back yourself, otherwise, no-one else will. What are your thoughts on aging? Aging is a beautiful gift - I am learning so much being older, getting wiser and feeling more confident about who I am and how I look and show up in the world. Do you still have a dream or big goal that you would love to accomplish? What are the skills or things that you'd still love to learn? I would like to be a more present wife and mother! I have career aspirations that I would like to achieve and grow into a more senior role. I would like to learn a new language. I would like to get back to learning the piano. I would like to get fitter and stronger.
Tzoe, 40 // Gallery // Image 18
Women
Tzoe, 40
The 40-over-40 Women's Portrait Campaign Tzoe is warm, down-to-earth and organised. She does coaching for companies through playing with lego - how cool is that for a job? She came in as part of the 40-over-40 campaign firstly with her mom and then her children joined in for a few shots at the end of our session. If your friends/family had to describe you in 3-4 words, what would they say? Caring, open-minded, Genuine & generous, Rational. What is your occupation and how to you like to spend your free time? I am a freelance IT consultant and a workshop facilitator, I specialize in in-person workshops through play/games. In my free time, I love building LEGO models, playing board games (with my family) and going out for a bite What are you most proud of? In 2022, I am most proud of 3 things. 1. My mother. She never chooses anything for herself; she finally did and is coming to grow into this even more beautiful person. 2. My children, Chu Fei & Chu Kai. I am seeing that they are finding themselves a bit more every day and know that they are turning into wonderful people. 3. Starting my own business. After working for a company for so long, I have finally taken steps to start my own company with my business partner /work husband, Marcellino Larijn. What is your favourite poem, quote or saying? You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. ~ Dr. Seuss~ What advice would you give your 20-year old self looking back? Listen to your gut feeling, don't ignore it. You are good enough, don't let anyone tell you something else. What are your thoughts on ageing? Ageing is just another word for living ~ Cindy Joseph
Barbara (feat. Josephine) // Gallery // Image 3
Motherhood, Women
Barbara (feat. Josephine)
I adored this shoot so much! Barbara participated in the Fabulous Over 40 Portrait Experience. She came into my studio in Driebergen with her beautiful daughter, Josephine and we created some personal images for Barbara as well as some mother-daughter images celebrating their beautiful connection.
Natasja // Gallery // Image 7
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Natasja
Natasja, 45 FABULOUS OVER 40 If your friends/family had to describe you in 3-4 words, what would they say? Honest, loyal, fierce, passionate What would you say is your best emotional quality? Compassionate What is your occupation and how do you like to spend your free time? I've been a Data Protection Officer for a local government in the South of.the Netherlands for 5 years now. My job as a DPO is to ensure GDPR compliance by our government. In my spare time I love to ride motorcycle -  it clears my head and makes me stay grounded and connected to myself. What are you most proud of? I am the most proud of my son, my mirror and my reason for living...we have survived and overcome a lot a lot together and still are... but during these storms of life we face them fiercely together. And learn from each other...this two way stream..this connection is the one I am most proud of. What is your favourite poem, quote or saying? “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tzu What advice would you give your 20-year old self looking back? Trust yourself, know yourself, be yourself and say no when needed so you can take care of yourself! When you entered your 40's, what did you find were the most significant or poignant changes? Recognition of the fact that my life was unbalanced, because I was trying to be everything and everyone at my best...a mother, a daughter, a friend, a girlfriend, a DPO, a housewife etc. It was impossible to sustain that any longer and my body made that clear to me. It made me literally stop... stop and overthink this...now at 46 I now know what and how to stay balanced. See my advice to myself at 20🤪 Do you have a story about yourself that you would like to share? In my life I had many encounters or experiences with (extreme) fears....but also just as many with love. One should always listen to fear..is it warning me or is it retaining me...know to feel the difference...and always to be led and directed by love.. never lose faith and be honest to and by yourself all times! What are your thoughts on ageing? The moment we start to exist, we in fact start to die. This fact, and the many dear family and friends I have lost, make the process of ageing sometimes cold, lonely and hard. But it also has a flipside to it... because the aging process also has an enriching, motivating and thriving side to it..... the experiences and moments of love, happiness and joy... those moments that make you want to become a better version of your dying self … Do you still have a dream or big goal that you would love to accomplish? My goal is to age respectfully and with integrity and to reach those who need to hear and feel the needed change in most fields of society....more connectivity instead of individualism and more compassion instead of knowing and prescribing what is needed!
CHANTAL, 53 // Gallery // Image 11
Women, Fabulous Over 40, Headshots
CHANTAL, 53
The Fabulous Over 40 Women's Portrait Campaign If your friends/family had to describe you in 3-4 words, what would they say? Loyal Sweet Caring Bit weird - crazy What would you say is your best emotional quality? Energetic and passionate What is your occupation and how do you like to spend your free time? For work, I am the culture & people manager @ Bergman Clinics. In my free time, I like to be outside (walk, golf, hockey, padel),read books, borrelen and enjoy time with my friends or family What are you most proud of? Being a mum that is loved by her children for who she is - Being a mum is my most rewarding job in life. Also making a career alongside that. What is your favourite poem, quote or saying? Just do it.. Collect moments not things. What advice would you give your 20-year old self looking back? Enjoy more! When you entered your 50's, what did you find were the most significant or poignant changes? Time gets shorter so use it well. Make Better choices. Appreciation. Do you have a story about yourself that you would like to share? I’m half Italian but not a great cook. I love to drink and eat though! What are your thoughts on aging? I am happy to get older. But you want to get older but not to be older. So keep calm - forever young. Keep the spirit. Do you still have a dream or big goal that you would love to accomplish? What are the skills or things that you'd still love to learn? I would like to learn to playan instrument and be better at golf.
Regina, 51 // Gallery // Image 15
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Regina, 51
Regina, 51 If your friends/family had to describe you in 3-4 words, what would they say? sweet/ loving, caring, creative, chaotic What would you say is your best emotional quality? I always say to myself and others: 'Tomorrow is a new chance to do better', so maybe 'hopeful' is my quality I guess, or stay positive? What is your occupation and how to you like to spend your free time? I work at a textile workshop with people who have acquired brain damage, we work with substanable goods and sell them in a webshop and take personal orders. I also teach art at schools to stimulate creativity with textile and learn skills, and I'm a NLP coach, I work for a NLP Institute. What are you most proud of? Helping my kids through primary school; keep on believing in them/ us and stay persistant. It was a true nightmare! When a child is not average, teachers have their opinion, are not willing to see your child in total and do not listen to parents, that's a recipe for disaster... My oldest is higly gifted; made jigsaw of 100 pieces and could read & write when he was 4 by himself, not because we pushed him. My youngest truely hated school when she was 7 years old, screamed and cried every morning, she was diagnosed severe dyslectic when she was 11 so can you imagine every day at school you are confronted with somehing you can not and everyone else can... It's a kind of abuse, because even math is with words now, so if you can not get the calculation right out of the story you do not succeed at this school subject either. Luckily she is very creative and that became her main focus in school. What is your favourite poem, quote or saying? You always have a choice... This is one of NLP basic principles and you can apply it to everything. What advice would you give your 20-year old self looking back? Be thankful for all that's there, do not focus on all you're missing or that's not perfect. Things always can get worse, so be happy what's there, what you've got and what you look like! When you entered your 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's or beyond, what did you find were the most significant or poignant changes? Only 2 weeks after my 30th birthday I got in a car accident and that for a long time ruined my life as I knew it. It was a big challenge to be patient to recover and take it one step forward, two steps back. I had to put my dreams and my desire to have children on hold. My 40's were mainly about surving day by day stuggles and only round the age of 50 I found more inner peace and got rid of lots of old pain and believes that didn't serve me. So life really get's better and better. Do you have a story about yourself that you would like to share? The story above? Or if you like another one... Summer 2019 at the swimmingpool in Crete, I read my favorite magazine 'Flow' and get inspired by an article on the terrible effects of the clothing industries. How they ruin nature and people in the process of making them, cost a lot of CO2 by transporting them and get dumped so soon and easily in Africa and South America. This has to change... What if I can find a nice way to tell this to teenagers, our future generation, by learning them to see more value in clothing and teach them the skills to change and make their own unique clothes, bags etc. And how wonderful would it be to get older people and people with different backgrounds involved, because they still have the craftmanship skills, wich our children do not learn in school anymore and it brings some meaning into their life as well, because giving and sharing makes you feel alive. I mailed some people and started to share my idea the months after and june 2020 I started teaching projects at schools and in august we started the workshop at a fixed location, for 2 days a week with 5 women. I'm working to get more people and publicity so we can grow. It gives so much positive energy to experience my idea really has come to life. What are your thoughts on aging? You either die or grow old, I prefer to live and grow, so I'll take the wrinkles and sagging skin for granted. Do you still have a dream or big goal that you would love to accomplish? I'd love to own a house at the beach, or spend more time at there, because the beach and sea give me an instant feeling of freedom, joy and peace. I dream of a bigger reach of my ideals about substanability in combination with creativity, so we re-use what's allready there, instead of endless buying new and my ideals of how we should interact with one and another, I mean truely listen, react with empathy and more tolerance, look at the bigger picture instead of only me, me, me. I'd like to improve and evolve my coaching skills; if you do not grow, devellop, you stand still and you go backwards. There are a lot of things I like to learn; I'd like to get more organised, draw and paint better portraits, play guitar and the piano, speak spanish because I love how it sounds.
Niki, 60 // Gallery // Image 19
Women, Fabulous Over 40
Niki, 60
The 40 -over- 40 Women's Campaign Niki is a such a warm and open woman that you immediately feel like you've known her for years. She has her own company, Oleander Travel BV where she arranges bespoke and un-touristy tours for her clients in Cyprus, Greece and Jordan. (If you're feeling the need for some sunshine, contact her!) She turned 60 last year and had never had a professional photoshoot done before and her 60th birthday was a great milestone for a portrait experience. She wanted some professional and beautiful portraits as well as some images with her 2 daughters. If your friends/family had to describe you in 3-4 words, what would they say? Enthusiastic, generous, warm, open What is your occupation and how to you like to spend your free time? I am a Tour Operator organising holidays to Cyprus and Greece specialised in fly drives, active holidays and holidays made to measure. What are you most proud of? This is a big question....we all have challenges and new experiences and traumas in our lives. Life is beautiful but sometimes demanding. I am simply proud of the way I have handled and faced all kinds of circumstances in my life. Sometimes I say I wish I knew in my 20s as much as I know now, but this is wrong....I am who I am now because of all the experiences I had during all these years. I am really very proud for making a new home in a new country, for starting my business after being a "trailing happy housewife" for almost 10 years, for bringing up two miracles - my daughters - in the world, for overcoming financial problems and for surviving breast cancer. Pick and choose....every experience in my life has been just as important and determining in my life. I am proud for all of them. What is your favourite poem, quote or saying? My favourite quote is "Be Positive, Stay Positive. There is always light at the end of the tunnel" What advice would you give your 20-year old self looking back? Stay true to yourself, listen to yourself and your gut feeling. When you entered your 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's or beyond, what did you find were the most significant or poignant changes? I have just become 60 and I am really enjoying it. What I experience with this big milestone in my life is (even if I don't always show it) is an inner peace and wisdom. This is for me the biggest change I felt entering my 6th decade. Do you have a story about yourself that you would like to share? For many years we have been unwillingly childless. After 6 IVFs and after loosing my IVF twins at 25 weeks because of a doctors mistake and after a 1,5 year of moaning I had decided that this is it. There is no room for kids in our lives. I had said to my partner that this is our "cross". We would take one more dog and travel with his work the whole world around. My brothers had already children and those would become our children as well. We had spent a beautiful summer attending the wedding of very dear friends in Norway and then we continued our holiday in Cyprus. Skinny dipping, getting drunk, going on a jeep safari, doing silly things, things that you only do during your summer holiday. After 5-6 weeks I started feeling sick....bum....unexpectedly pregnant....9 months later our first was born, two and a half years later our second one came to complete our happiness. Both of our girls are a miracle and a true gift given to us from God! What are your thoughts on ageing? Let it come, this ageing thing. Many people are concerned about it. I say be happy being allowed to age. It is a blessing and carry it with proudness and acceptance. Make sure you live as healthy as much as you can and let the rest come to your path. Some things you cannot control in your life. Enjoy what you are and who you are at this stage of your life. And stop making additions and subtractions to see how many years you have lived and how many more you have to live. Simply live your life. Do you still have a dream or big goal that you would love to accomplish? I would like to bring Oleander Travel to the next level. Since 2005/2006 I am offering specialised authentic an active holidays direct to individuals, B2C we call it . Since last year I started working more intensively designing travel products (holidays) for other colleagues, called B2B, especially for groups. This turn in my work has given me an extra boost and energy . Working with and for other colleagues gives me new challenges and energy. "To the next 10 years" I say ;) How did you feel about doing this photoshoot? Being me I went to Jules on the day of the shoot full of guilty feeling that "Oh I am so vain" to do this photoshoot only for myself. WRONG! It was like going to a life coach. The photoshoot revealed my three sides...me as professional, open and ready to design a nice holiday for my clients, me the proud mother, (I did a few photoshoots with my beautiful daughters) and me Niki, the fun loving gipsy in her soul crazy Niki. I just loved it. The gipsy Niki pictures I will place somewhere I can see them every day to remind me of the fun Niki and help me go though my day. I definitely recommend Jules and taking such an opportunity.