Roxbury Photographer Portraits
Emily got her cancer diagnosis in December 2019 and her oncologist wanted to waste no time in starting her chemo treatment. Emily is a talented local wedding and family photographer and I follow her on social media so I had read her post about her diagnosis. She reached out to me in January to take a couple of portraits. She knew that the chemo would probably result in hair loss but she wanted to control that timeline. She wanted portraits of her with her long hair before any treatments started. That same day she shaved her head. She has chosen to control that aspect of her cancer journey.
I was touched by Emily’s story. She is a young beautiful woman with a young family and she is facing a tough battle with grace, humility and incredible honesty. She is lucky to have a loving family and an amazing support system but I wanted to do something special for her. I reached out to Karen at Joes Salon and Spa and Stacey from Skin and Tonic and they both agreed that we needed to make Emily feel relaxed, pampered and beautiful for her portraits. She started with a blow out at Joes and Stacey gave her some natural make up. We laughed and had fun before she left the studio to meet her new oncologist and the next chapter of her life.
We decided to document her journey in portraits. Chemo is scheduled every three weeks and our plan is to update her head shot before each treatment.
Treatment 2 – January 30, 2020
Emily’s hair is gone. Not everyone can rock a bald head but she can!
Treatment 3 – February 20, 2020
Emily was in great spirits but understandably a little nervous about her next treatment. It went pretty well so she came back with her family a few days later.