Delila Olson, 58

“My perceptions have absolutely changed over time, as I discover the societal conditioning at the root of my self-criticism and body shame. I’m still working on it, but I will say that the 50 over 50 photo shoot experience was profoundly positive for my body image, and my overall sense of seeing myself. I am profoundly grateful for this experience. I discovered a deeper love and appreciation for my middle-age, curvy, bumpy, imperfect form; and came away with deep gratitude for this body that carries me through the world. ”

“During the last year and a half, living through this time of the virus, my pace has slowed and spiritual pursuits have taken even greater precedence in my life. This helps me remember that I am a part of all that is, not separate from it.”

Delila is a lifelong Montessori educator, a passionate writer and storyteller, and a slightly witchy woman who finds joy in the rituals and sacraments of nature. A Montessori educator, Delila has dedicated her life to serving others. She finds a deep sense of purpose from her work in holistic education as well as the relationships she has formed throughout her life.

Her son, Elliot, and her grandmother, Lila, have been her best and most important teachers. She is most proud of having a hand in raising a kind, empathetic, and socially responsible human. She values relationships and experiences above all else. 

Delila has found that this current place is one of her favorite ages she’s experienced, citing that she no longer cares about what others think about her and focuses on self love. She finds joy in good food, good wine, travel, and the company she gets to share these experiences with. Delila is the happiest she has ever been. 

Delila’s advice to her younger self: “Remember who you are.”
Delila now: “In most ways, I feel more confident now than I ever have in the past… Not because I look or feel my best, but because of the wisdom I’ve amassed and the self-acceptance I’m learning.”

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I’M  RACHEL.

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Photographer Rachel Hadiashar is based out of a bright and airy studio space in Sherwood, Oregon, where she co-creates spirited and elegant images to showcase a client’s best self.
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