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Compassion is Key


A few years ago a young woman stopped me at the airport to tell me about her gorgeous 94-year-old grandmother, Evita Stewart. When I got home she sent me a message via Instagram with photos of Evita with her new boyfriend lounging by the pool– I was instantly inspired. Two year later and I finally had the chance to chat with and photographer the gorgeous, now 96-year-old Evita. Evita told me that she does yoga seven days a week, starting even before she gets out of bed. When I asked her what the secret to living a long vital life is she replied,” I think it’s just having a lot of compassion for other people. A lot of love and knowing that other people can be very lonely. Sometimes you take it as being haughty or snobs, but its good to extend yourself to people because you get all that love back.”

I made a date with Evita to photograph her and her gentleman friend!!!!

Advanced Fashion: Sarah Jane Adams, Valerie von Sobel, and Beatrix Ost

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I shot these unpublished photos during my last book signing trip to NYC for Advanced Style: Older and Wiser. We decided to do a fun, last minute  shoot at Beatrix Ost’s house since so many ladies were in town for the book launch. Sarah and Valerie threw together looks from the clothes they were traveling with and we moved around Beatrix’s gorgeous building for a few different shots. I hope you enjoy!-Ari