Three years ago my friend, Alison, was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy. She made a comment on Facebook that ultimately led to me shooting her portrait when she was still going through chemo (see the original post here). The objective was simple—look back in a couple years while shooting a followup portrait and flip a big fat bird to cancer.
I’m happy to say that that time finally came to pass; here’s how it went down.
I’d been holding off on doing the followup portrait until Alison’s hair to grew back to the length it was when I first met and photographed her. But that wasn’t meant to be. (Alison has a penchant for crazy [cool] short haircuts.) Then a couple weeks ago she posted a shot of her new “do” dyed flaming pink and I knew it was time. I messaged her immediately. “We need to shoot your followup portrait yesterday—before your roots grow in.” Within two days she was in my studio and we had some awesome shots in the bag.
I can’t overstate how positive and life affirming this experience has been. And doing the cancer crusher followup portrait couldn’t have come at a better time. It was the perfect antidote to the dark, divisive politics and hate in our country.
So take a minute to soak up a bit of Alison’s joy de vivre as you peep these images, and remember: never stop fighting for what you believe in.