This Spunky 98-Year-Old’s Cake Smash Photoshoot Is Total #GrandmaGoals

They say age is just a number.

For Grandma Gladys, that couldn’t be more true. The 98-year-old is taking the Internet by storm this week, proving you’re never too old for blue hair, a purple birthday cake and a stylin’ tutu.

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The colorful photo shoot captured by Maryland photographer Cara Lynn McGilvrey was a birthday treat from Gladys’ granddaughter, Shannon Weikle.

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“A lot of my friends are having babies and are either doing newborn photoshoots or smash cakes for their child’s first birthday,” the 29-year-old told People Magazine. “She’s the person I do all these fun things with, and that’s where the idea came in, and I wanted to do something special for her.”


Cara Lynn Photography
Cara Lynn Photography

Cara Lynn Photography

Historically, the grand-duo has done special things to mark Gladys’ birthday over the years, like when they got matching maple leaf tattoos on their wrists to celebrate 95.

Shannon says Gladys is “100 percent girly-girl,” so she thought getting her grandma all dolled up for the photoshoot would make her feel great, and be a fun way to celebrate 98.


Cara Lynn Photography

Cara Lynn Photography

Sporting a vibrant tutu, and a glass of prosecco that says “98 and looking for a date,” Gladys completely OWNED her cake-smash photoshoot.

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The photographer, Cara Lynn says, “She is exactly who I want to be when I grow up.”

You and me both, sister!


Cara Lynn Photography

Cara Lynn Photography

This spunky grandma isn’t letting age stop her from having a good time. And after 98 years, she’s clearly a partyin’ pro. May we all aspire to grow old like Gladys and stay young at heart forever. 💜 💞

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