Portraiture / 15 Nov 2023
Hayley’s 40 over 40 Campaign

Ah, Hayley is just amazing. And I couldn’t be happier to have her as apart of the 40 over 40 campaign. She is a ball of amazing and refreshing energy. Energy that just rubs off on you! What an incredible lady! It was such a privilege to photograph her and spend the day with her. But you will get a glimpse into her character in her responses below 🙂 :

What drew you to this 40 over 40 campaign?

Initially when I met with Tamryn I was looking for some updated personal branding images, I no longer identified with the outdated pictures I saw of myself. The thought of getting in front of the camera terrified me, after 40, let’s face it, I couldn’t keep comparing myself with that with that 20-something year old self-image anymore. When I went on to read about the incredible journey’s these women had been on, I was inspired. Tamryn had not only portrayed them beautifully, but the way she captured their strength and authenticity really spoke to me.  I recognized that this was the experienced I never knew I needed!

Do you have a story / experience you want to share?

This photoshoot became more than just a brief for a profile headshot, I wanted a visual manifestation of the personal development and growth I had experienced this last year.  “I want to step into my power” I had told Tamryn at the consultation, when she asked me exactly what that looked like for me, I had to do some soul searching while planning for the shoot.  Like a lot of working moms, I am constantly trying to find that perfect work/life balance, there is very rarely time left over in the day for me to recharge or fill my bucket. I value my interpersonal relationships and uplifting other people, I invest a lot of energy in my interactions. But this approach wasn’t refilling my proverbial “bucket”, it just meant I was going without.

Since turning 40 I have taken the time for the self-care and the personal investment I needed, in turn empowering me to be the best version of myself to better serve others in my life. This experience with Tamryn gave me the nudge I needed to invest the time, energy and resources I needed to “look” my best myself, aligning with the internal growth I was experiencing.

What are you post proud of yourself for?

I have a tendency to be very harsh and critical of myself, self-doubt plagues me from time to time and has been holding me back from reaching my full potential. Throughout this journey I took the time to do some self-reflection, acknowledge my achievements and how far I have come in this last year.  This has given me the confidence and clarity to start planning all the exciting goals and aspirations I have for the decade to come.

What are some goals or things you still want to do?

Now that I have stepped into my power, I feel unencumbered and inspired to take the next step in my personal development and career growth.  I love working with people and making magic happen in business where I can get everybody on the same page, there is in an energy and authenticity that is now been refined in my output which strengthens my value add.  I might not have the next step planned out yet, which I was panicking at 41 I should know by know by now. But more importantly, I have taken the first step and have the “how” worked out.

What has gotten easier for you since turning 40?

Self-love, self-care and acknowledging my achievements.

“Never do the envy, jealousy and insecure stuff. Be the hustler, well-wisher, the go-getter.”

Ever imagined what it must be like to walk in and see a whole wall of photos of you? 

Have a look at what it was like for Hayley!

If you are over 40 years old and you don’t wake up every morning knowing your value and just how incredible you are, then this is for you! 

I dare you to give yourself the chance to see how incredible you really are!

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