Photographing and lighting the older woman requires great care. The light must remain flat and even. The last thing we want to do is to accentuate lines and wrinkles when they’re looking to feel beautiful. Diffused light is best. The camera knows no age.
Lighting is always a challenge. The human face can take on so many different looks depending on the lighting the photographer chooses. Certainly, to show women of a certain age at their best, skin texture is a concern. The lighting should be quite flat, so that the contrast is minimal. This will give the impression of a smoother over-all look. Makeup should not be overplayed, but somewhat subtle. And of course a catch light in the eyes is essential to brighten the entire look.This woman, who on paper could be doddering and forgetful, is vibrant, full of humor and talents, has friendships with people of all ages and is always looking forward to the next challenge. The camera was able to capture all those things in these 4 images. Oh by the way, she just turned 85!
As for clothing, many women of a certain age don’t like the look of their arms and an easy fix is a lovely piece of tulle, velvet, satin or silk draped gracefully over the arms. Also, it’s important to consider the neckline which can be low but not show too much cleavage as the skin may not be smooth. It’s best to have a lacy edge and enough room for a pretty necklace.