24, 28, 30-Plus

Photograph: Sara, a favorite photographic subject.

When I’m not writing for the Sally Beauty blog, you’ll find me out and about photographing people.

I’ve photographed thousands of people over the years. Here’s something I’ve noticed:

A woman is prettiest at the ages of 24 and 28 and during all of her 30s.

The 40s aren’t bad, either.

After that, my research is incomplete. But I don’t buy into the shopworn canard that men age distinctively and women just get old. Anyone who has been to a class reunion knows firsthand that women age better than men. For millions of women, the beauty never fades.

Let’s hear your thoughts on aging and beauty — click on the comments and start typing!

  • Hillary

    July 11th, 2012

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    Relatively still young here (27 yrs old).
    In my humble opinion, when women get to their mid-late 20s, the prospect of molding her looks into society’s perfect image is a ridiculous and childish notion (and, sadly, most women I know still don’t accept this until mid-late 20s or later). Complacency with your natural body shape, skin, and hair is what I find the most beautiful in women. Of course changing things up cosmetically is, and will forever be, the fun part of being a woman (some day men will have as many cosmetic, accessory, fashion freedoms as women. Perhaps if we focus less on them aging ‘distinctively’).
    As a photographer, my favorite subjects have zero to do with age but willingness to be free in front of the camera. My favorite subject just turned 50 last month and I’d prefer her to the pristine teenage supermodel any day.

  • William

    July 11th, 2012

    Reply

    Hi, Hillary:

    Thanks for your comment, and I agree with you 100 percent. I am fortunate that women I’ve known for decades still show up in front of my camera when I ask.

    But I’m frustrated that too many women avoid the camera when they reach their 40s and 50s. (You know who you are!)

    Yes, the face has a few lines, and maybe the belly isn’t as flat, but age does NOT cancel beauty, and they still look gorgeous. I wish subjects in their 40s and 50s were easier to find!

    William

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