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  • Nicolette Jackson-Pownall

Rocking 50: A Birthday Photoshoot Experience


Marcy had a milestone birthday this year, and wanted to do something special for herself.

She decided a modern glamour photoshoot would grant her the space to shine and be in the spotlight for once. She felt this was exactly the type of experience that could help her learn how to put herself first.


Though inspired by black and white photos of 40s era Hollywood, after our initial consultation, I had this sense that there was also a vibrant, sort of mod-chic aspect to her that we could bring out and play around with.


“I had some ideas and concepts, but after meeting with Nicolette, she provided a wider perspective that took those ideas to another level and at times took me out of my element, which was great!”


During her wardrobe review, we settled on outfits that ranged from a black, low-cut sleeveless dress with pearls and gloves, to a couple of very sassy, colorful pieces that showcased her personality, skin tones and how she envisioned styling her hair.


I structured the session in two parts and left a few minutes at the end to incorporate some portraits of Marcy with her lovely daughter, who accompanied her to the session.


She says, “the photoshoot was exciting. I was not nervous at all. I was made to feel comfortable during the entire process. Once the music and make-up were on, I was in my zone and ready to go. The only hard part was learning how to pose but Nicolette gave me a few pointers on how to stand and turn my face, then there was no need to say more, I ran with it. Also, it was nice to have my daughter there to watch.”

Over two hours we photographed her in four different outfits, including a white boyfriend shirt, which we paired with elegant fishnet stockings on a simple black background in front of a large bay window, to create some popping contrasts and highlights.


All of her looks worked beautifully but one in particular just absolutely hit the mark, which was an orange and black, slightly tighter fitting dress. It curved to her body in all the right places, while giving her enough room to move and use her legs and hips in more natural stances. It translated really well on-camera and accentuated all her best features. You can tell she just felt like herself in it.


But frankly, Marcy’s personality is what really shone through during her shoot. She is fun, playful, warmed up easily to the camera and found her groove quickly. Despite of all that, she says, “I never liked taking pictures, my entire life. But after this experience, I can’t wait to smile and know that it's not just the outer part of me that is glowing, it's coming from the inside.”


In addition to receiving a collection of stunning portraits, she says this experience has made her feel more confident and how to let go and be herself. No matter where she is or what's in front of her.


"All eyes on me? There is nothing wrong with that if I carry myself with grace, inside and out."


Marcy's final thoughts on her shoot: "Women may discover a side of themselves they did not know they had until they see it in their photos."





To learn more about our modern beauty photoshoot experiences for women, or our ongoing Rock Your Age special offer, please get in touch with me at nicolette@NJPphotography.com or schedule a consultation here. I look forward to making your photo dreams a reality.



A photoshoot with me is a transformative experience that gives you permission to shine in all your wonderful and beautiful uniqueness.


You'll leave your session feeling exhilarated and emboldened to tell your story, your way. Your photos will connect you with your target audience. Your photos will connect you to yourself.


With the use of my certified life coaching techniques and a fine tuned emotional IQ, I will help you feel at ease and lit up with genuine self-confidence. I invite you to book a session with me. I guarantee, you'll love the results. It might even change the way you see yourself.




Portrait photographer serving the LGBTQIA and greater community in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, Southbay, Ventura and Orange County. Offering formal portraiture, modern glamour photography, personal branding, corporate headshot photography, candid children's photography, family photography, business & acting headshots, as well as events and editorial coverage. Located near Larchmont Village, Hancock Park and Paramount Studios.

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