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Photography by Melissa Gidney



Age: 50

Occupation: Entrepreneur

Describe yourself in under 100 words.

Engaged, fun and adventuresome.

If you had to describe your RAW shoot in one word what would it be?


What surprised you most about the experience?

It may not have been a surprise, but I was awed by how well-organized everything was. A well-oiled machine – fueled with care, kindness, and purpose.

Beauty can be defined in so many ways. What is your definition of ‘beautiful’?

Smiling from within.

When do you feel most beautiful?

When I am in nature, and my physical body, spirit and mind are all on the same page.

What part of aging scares you the most?

Hmmm..nothing about aging scares me, but the idea of physical limitations at some point is not thrilling.

What part of aging is the most exciting?


What kind of relationship did/does your mother have with herself in regards to beauty, confidence, and self-love? Has this had any effect on you?

This gives me something to ponder.

Have you ever felt pressure from men to look a certain way?

Nope. Thank-you, men in my life.

On average how much do you spend each month on cosmetic items such as make-up, hair cuts/colouring, waxing, clothing, nails, tanning, creams etc. ?

Gosh, not enough to worry me – but more than I would like (which would be zero).

Have you ever struggled with confidence, body image, or insecurities in your life?

Sure, during different parts of my life.  But nothing overwhelming that stopped me from doing things.JudyBrooksB

Let’s talk Photoshop.  What are your thoughts on this cultural phenomenon? Yay or nay? Or is there a place for it sometimes?

Photoshop confuses me when it’s used for what are supposed to be real-life people. I think it is amazing when used to depict fantasy, or create a story in a photo that is obviously not real. But, photoshopping a cover of a model, or actor, on a magazine?  Confusing!

How do we ensure that the next generation of girls grows up with confidence and a strong sense of self when they receive so many messages telling them that they are not enough?

Conversations – with moms, dads, aunts, uncles, friends. With both our boys and girls. Asking questions and getting curious. Teaching them to think about what is real and what is not.  Informing them and teaching them to inform themselves.JudyBrooksRAWtalk


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