Honor isn’t a strong enough word to describe what photographing this mother and daughter felt like to me. I met Laura through working with Breast Friends for their Bald Is Beautiful project. If you haven’t heard about the amazing work that Breast Friends does for women living with and surviving cancer, then I implore for you to look at them and what they do- I am getting teary-eyed just talking about it, they are so supportive and helpful.
So I photographed Laura and her daughter, and when we met for their big Reveal, they knew these photos were too meaningful to just let them sit somewhere on a hard drive or cloud- THEY HAD TO PRINT THEM. Laura, her daughter, and Laura's wife Deb decided together on this stunning piece of art (pictured above - The Wesley Statement Piece). Laura is the one who described the meaning of this artwork the best... in my own words adapted from what she said that day, it went a little something like this:
'Right now, this artwork shows us being happy during a difficult time, but I don’t let myself think about how difficult it is. I just have to power through it all. But years from now, when we are far beyond this experience and this cancer and the treatments, I won’t have to remember only the difficult times and the doctors visits... I’ll get to look at this and remember THIS moment out of all of them. THIS will be what the result of my cancer was- the love and relationship I have with my daughter. That is all that matters.'
When Laura said that at the Reveal with myself and her wife and two of the Breast Friend women there, we all were crying and in awe. When we work together, MAGIC HAPPENS. I love you and your family so much, Laura. I can’t wait to hang THIS in your home and give you the memories of this journey that you choose. Thank you for the honor.
Watch the Behind the Scenes Video from our very first Bald Is Beautiful Photoshoot Day.
If you'd like to learn about Breast Friends, you can find out more here: https://www.breastfriends.org/
And you can follow along as we continue to photograph more amazing women for the Bald Is Beautiful Project each month here in our studio in Portland, Oregon by going here.