I enjoyed reading about Cindy Joseph, makeup artist turned model and her success after 50. She was discovered as a model after she let her hair go gray and I think she’s just beautiful!
Just as beautiful is her attitude. She really believes she was discovered because of her confidence and attitude and these only came with age. I remember when I thought the world ended after 40. Now I see so many accomplished women just beginning their new lives and careers at 40 and even 50. It so inspires me and makes me believe that even though I’ve loved my life so far, the best may be yet to come.
Maybe this is why the 40+ is becoming one of my favorite demographics. So much confidence, so much fun with these women!
When I put the call out there for someone to be my “guinea pig” for trying out an athlete portrait shoot, I was so happy Joann graciously volunteered, but a little nervous that I would do justice to her incredibly sculpted body.
As I am often in the company of beautiful women who are serious about their fitness, I want to try to help them celebrate the fruits of their labor. Even though, I realize that no matter what we do, our body may never look like this. After all, Joann is a certified exercise instructor and the co-owner of Grass Roots Fitness, which is celebrating it’s 5th anniversary in the business of helping women achieve fitness, strength and health. She may look fierce but she is firmly directed in helping all shapes and sizes of women feel better through fitness and healthy eating.
Those of you who have taken her outdoor boot camp classes or cardio fusion and strengthclasses know her as a gentle but firm drill sargent when it comes to directing exercises. And she has convinced me more than once to meet at 6:00 am at the Lincoln Memorial to run the steps and do burpees in front of the reflecting pool. So she must have some magic in her!
I tried to shoot as fast as I could while Joann held these incredible poses. Although I may have been tempted to direct her to hold the pose…just a little bit longer...(payback perhaps?)
I was also happy to capture Joann’s signature “leap of joy” near the end of the shoot.
And here are some in black-and-white. I like how the helps focus on the those incredible muscles.
Thanks again Joann, and for anyone is interested in learning more her company…it’s