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Friday, February 28, 2020
By Lisa H Carter
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Lynn Ross

#4 in our 50/50 Project

When Lynn came in for her consultation before her session, I was so touched by her story! One of the harder parts of being over 50 is we often find ourselves in the roll of a caregiver for our aging parents. She is blessed to still have her mom who is 90 years old. We often get so busy trying to juggle our jobs, our homes, and doing the best we can for our parents in their time of needs. Lynn really needed a day to be pampered and made to feel special and to see just how beautiful she is!!! 

WE IMMEDIATELY CONNECTED.....Lynn is a beautiful spirit!! 


   Lynn moved to Danville in 1983 and worked as an event coordinator for Stradford Conference Center. She is currently employed by Woodall Chevrolet where she's worked for the past 12 years. She has been married, but is a single lady at this time in her life. She has one son and two grandchildren, an 18 year old granddaughter and 16 year old grandson. 

   We had a really awesome day together creating her images! She brought me lots of fun outfits and let us style her just a little differently than her day to day look. She was a little unsure about the curls, but WOW!!!! Just look how amazing she looks!    



Me: Whats the best part of being over 50?

Lynn:  The best part of being a woman over 50 was finding myself.. my strengths and my blessings. I learned to never just settle for less than I deserve and you can't depend on someone else to make you happy...your life and piece of mind comes from within yourself.


Me: What advice would you give your 20 year old self?

Lynn: "Listen to your head instead of your heart! Plan for your retirement, and find a job that has retirement plan. Spend more time enjoying your son instead of working more hours to support him."

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
By Lisa H Carter
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#3 in our  50 over 50 Project

 Sherri Moon


Let me tell you a little about our 3rd lady in our project!

Sherri came on the day before her 60th birthday and she had plans to celebrate that evening! We were delighted to help her feel extra special with her makeover and photoshoot before her birthday celebration with her family!

She has been married to her high school sweetheart Eddie Moon for 42 years! They own a farm and have over 300 head of cattle and Eddie is Vice President of Bennett's Machanical in Altavista.  They have four daughters, Heather, Teressa, Brittany and Christina. 

If you want to see her light up, just ask her about her grandkids!!! She has 8 grandchildren, 4 girls and 4 boys ranging in age from 10 months to 19 years old. She is know to her grandkids as " Nona" and she's happy that she is in a place that allows to help with babysitting for her kids while they are working. 

She attends Edgehill Baptist Church and has been a lifetime member there. 

Sherri's smile is contagious and you can feel her love of family just being in her presence! Sometimes its FAMILY that's our biggest and most blessed accomplishments we have in life!!! 




Friday, February 14, 2020
By Lisa H Carter
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Donna Hudson

#2 in our PROJECT


Anyone that has the pleasure of knowing Donna knows just what a fun, lively, sweet lady she is. She was so much fun in her session and we shared many laughs and stories!

While Ashley was doing her makeup and hair, she said " This is so fun, I feel pretty and can't even see myself !"  We all LAUGHED OUT LOUD!!! This is what its all about!!

Donna loves to oil paint, read, and travel. She retired as Chief Deputy Treasurer of Pittsylvania County in 2016. She is so funny, she said " People hated tax collectors even in the biblical times" LOL!!!!! She also worked at Dan River Mills and Goodyear. 

She has been married for 51 years and whats even more remarkable is they were both only 16 years old when they got married! They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. She shared this experience with her daughter Heather and granddaughter Holly....they came to help her make her selections. Holly helped her pick out her outfits and stopped in for the beginning of her session. It was so sweet having her here to support her grandmother. 


Me: What's the best part of being over 50? 

Donna: The wisdom and experience life has given us to handle situations. 

Me: What advise would you have your 20 year old self? 

Donna: Don't hide in anybodies shadow! Make your own decisions and never let anyone make you doubt your self worth. 




Monday, February 10, 2020
By Lisa H Carter
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Let me introduce you to our first lady in our 50 over 50 project! 

Debra Dockery 


If you enjoy attending Festival in the Park or our Harvest Jubilee, chances are you may have seen Debra working these events. She loves music and she loves people so this is something that brings her joy! She has volunteered for over 15 years! She loves the concerts at the Carrington Pavillion in Danville, Va. and often is a greeter at the gate! Did I say she loves DANCING.....can't leave that part out for sure!!! If there is a dance floor, you bet she will be on the floor showing all her moves.

Debra is also a savvy business women! She owns two businesses in our area. She purchased COMPUTER BOOKEEPING & TAX SERVICE in 2000 after working there since 1994. They serve over 1200 clients that are more like family! She also owns and operates CURVES at 2380 Riverside Drive. She was a member and when the owner was going to move out of the area and put the business up for sale, she decided this was for her. YOU BELIEVE IN IT, THAT'S ENOUGH.....she really loves helping women find a way to improve their health.

She also attends Dan River Church and runs the Cafe' where she's serving coffee and juice on Sunday morning and gets to say good morning to everyone before the service. 

Debra has been on a journey to better health and has recently lost 30 pounds. Why not celebrate this!!! 

Debra is a wife, married 30 years to Doc , and a mother to one son, Jeremy. 



Me: "Whats the best part of being a woman over 50?"

Debra: "You know yourself, and don't care what other's think! " 


Me: " What advise would you give your 20 year old self?"

Debra: " Don't hold back going for your Dreams!! 60 is closer than you think! " 

Monday, February 05, 2018
By Lisa H Carter
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Last fall while I was busy with my Senior Portrait sessions this crazy coincidence happened and I just had to share this story!  I got a text message from a client while she was in Tennessee.....She saw this really interesting vintage dress in an antique shop. She texted the photo and price tag to me. I thought ....."hmmmmmm what could I use that for?" I didn't text her back right away but kept thinking if I would really ever use it or was it worth that investment.  Then knowing that my friend Rose Shields was also working hard to get the big fundraiser yard sale ready for the DPWA I texted her reminding her if anyone donated any formal dresses, or prom dresses to keep me in mind. I have been working on building a wardrobe for my Allure sessions and always trying to keep an eye out for a good deal on dresses to add to that collection. Well she sent me back a message........Could you use this???  and it was the EXACT SAME DRESS!!!!!! I said to myself NO WAY!!!! So, I ask her how much for the dress, it seemed obvious someone was sending me a message that I needed to have this DRESS!!! She said how about $8? I said absolutely and picked it up at the sale. 

Fast forward a few weeks and one of my Senior clients was looking to do something really unique and when she came to the studio and saw the dress she fell in LOVE! 

Sometimes things just come to us for a reason that we may not understand fully at the moment but somehow always works out perfectly!!!!