Shamelessly Feminine | This is 40!

Today is my 40th birthday.

I almost made it up until midnight last night. I aborted my mission to do so around 11:35. I admit, I started feeling a little anxious. Not about turing 40, but about letting go of my 30’s.

My 30’s were busy, fun, exciting…. predictable. When I turned 30 I was a newlywed and pregnant with my daughter. We had just bought a new home. It was such a brilliant time of my life. When I turned 30 I didn’t have any anxiety. I was on the path I wanted to be on. I knew what I wanted from my 30’s. Maybe even what was expected of them.

40 feels different.ย 



This decade doesn’t have the same road map. I am done having children. I am done buying houses. Done knowing what is next. I have NO CLUE what my 40’s holds for me. At times I get butterflies in my stomach about it. At first I think it’s anxiety, when I really think about it though, it’s not. It’s an anxious excitement.

Yes, I said it. I am excited about being 40!



I’ve spent the last month counting down my birthday and celebrating the things that make me feel #ShamelesslyFeminine.ย One thing I do know is that 40 will bring more of that for me. I am finally feeling more comfortable in my skin than I have ever felt. I don’t mean that in a superficial way. I mean it in an all around knowing who I am sort of way. I am more confident in myself and my abilities to do and be what I want. It’s freeing.



I have also realized that beingย #ShamelesslyFeminine isn’t always easy. It’s not always a pair of shoes and a new lipstick (although sometimes it is!). #ShamelesslyFeminine is a feeling. It’s an emotion. It’s just like all other emotions. Sometimes you feel it more than others. Sometimes you lose touch with it completely and other times it just oozes out of your pores.


Today, on my 40th birthday, I feel many emotions. Happy, grateful, blessed, excited and yes… #ShamelesslyFeminine.

Thank you to my Friend Mike Allebach and my Beauty team of Diana and Toni for helping me celebrate my birthday with an awesome photo shoot. Love you guys!!

Hope you all have a beautiful day!






  1. Amanda-lee Seely on August 4, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Happy Birthday! Love you! I can’t thank you enough for always being there for me and always having the “answers” to every problem I have ever had!

  2. Kurt Krueger on August 4, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Lovely photos. It looks like it was a nice birthday suit shoot! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Kiran on August 4, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Happy birthday

  4. Mary Gajda on August 4, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Happy Birthday Jen! In two years I’ll be 50 believe it or not, and I hope to post a similar thing after my shoot with you some day!

  5. Kristina Houser on August 4, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jen! You are such an inspiration! I am turning 30 this year and just bought a home, doing the baby thing etc. Looking so forward to the decade, and beyond. Be blessed and keep rocking on girl! You look incredible.

  6. Sandrine Photographer on August 4, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Happy birthday !

    Great photoshoot, and your writing made me think : I’m about to turn 37, and all the things you get in your 30’s are the one I expect my 40’s to bring me… but in the end, indeed and just like you, I do feel more comfident and definitely feel on my way to be #ShamelesslyFeminine.

    Give me 3 more years, that’s probably what I’ll be for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy birthday again, and a kiss from France ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Julie Feinstein-Kelly on August 4, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Happy Birthday Jen! Stunning at 40!

  8. Dana Laymon on August 4, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Happiest of Birthdays, Jen! You are truly an inspiration and have helped put the pep back into my step when it comes to my career and helping women! You are so beautiful and hope I can feel that comfortable one day!

  9. Elizabeth Zimmerman on August 4, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Loving these photos!! So beautiful! Happy Birthday Jen!

    • Stacey on August 4, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      Beautiful photos!!!!! Happy 40th and wishing you only amazing, exciting things to come….. xoxoxox

      P.S. I know from experience that the 40’s decade is the best yet!!!!


  10. Christine Graber on August 4, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Happy Birthday Jen…Your are fabulous and 40!!! Amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Diana MacDougall on August 4, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Congratulations to you for making it to 40. It only gets better. You’re definitely on the right path!! โค๏ธโค๏ธ

  12. ravi on August 4, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    fought loved laughed
    smiled cried sighed
    failed succeeded tried
    held. holding fort
    hurrah it’s the
    naughty forties

  13. Courtney on August 4, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    happy birthday I hope you have a wonderful one! thank you for being so inspiring

  14. Mandy on August 4, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Love it! Happy birthday! xo

  15. Erica Peerenboom on August 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Happy Birthday beautiful! 40s rock!!

  16. Philip on August 4, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Feliz Cumpleaรฑos Jen! I am 66 now, and believe me, it just keeps getting better. I am certain that it will for you too. ( I would post pix of myself, but first someone must iron the wrinkles out of my birthday suit ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Tina S on August 4, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Happy Birthday, Jen!

    I’m 50, and I love it! You’re going to be amazing. I’m the most comfortable that I’ve ever been in my life.

  18. Stephanie on August 4, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Happy birthday!! You make 40 look fabulous. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. John Naccarato on August 4, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Enjoy your 40’s. It’s the NEW 30’s. Have a great birthday! Thank you for what you do in the photographic community and II hope Tonya and I can see you at some point in the near future ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Jenn Gregory Photography on August 5, 2015 at 2:06 am

    Happy birthday to my friend and mentor! You look beautiful at 40 and I hope I am just as fabulous as you are when I turn 40 in a few years! Thanks for all of the knowledge and tips I’ve learned from you as a boudoir photographer! #shamelesslyFeminine #Girlboss

  21. Vanessa on August 5, 2015 at 3:17 am

    Happy Birthday! You look beautiful! Hope to see you soon.

  22. Sandy Edelstein on August 5, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Happy 40th and exquisite images! I’m happy to report having just turned 49 with 50 looming in the not to distant future that I feel even more of this now than I did turning 40! Maybe I’m a late bloomer or maybe it does just keep getting better, but I have never felt more alive, more content while still being ridiculously excited about the future and quite honestly sexier then ever before. So keep on being self aware and feeling everything every minute!

  23. Adam Feldstain on August 11, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Jen, you certainly handled it with class despite all the anxiety. Mazel tov on a fabulous shoot and keep on inspiring others.

  24. Travis - San Diego Boudoir Photographer on August 12, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Gorgeous photos and happy birthday!

  25. Tim on August 20, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    I know I already wished you a happy birthday, but I’m just now getting around to reading this. I hope that your first few weeks into your 40’s has been an amazing experience.

    These are awesome photos of an awesome lady! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Yucel on August 29, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Yay 40… it really is the boudoir age… younger are too not ready.. older better get off the fence pdq.

  27. Tina on September 1, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Happy Birthday Jen! Thank you for being an inspiration!

  28. Tom Henderson on September 1, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    We met in Atlanta (Hilton) at the Pop Photography portrait shoot. You know how to do it in front of or behind the camera!!!!
    Hope to see you again one day. If you are ever in the south I want you to work with my wife.

  29. Joe Tharp on September 1, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Happy Birthday Jen! You look fantastic! Thanks for all your inspiration. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Donnamaria on September 2, 2015 at 3:16 am

    How beautiful Jen. Happy Birthday!!!!

  31. Gary on September 2, 2015 at 4:39 am

    Happy Birthday Jen! Thanks for sharing your birthday shoot! You look great and 40looks wonderful on you!

  32. Duda Bueno on September 2, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Yo rocks Jen, Happy birthday ๐Ÿ˜‰

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