Photographer Duane Bolland, Assistant Jennie Baker, Makeup Artist Betty Rae Daugherty Wiant. Photographed Nov. 11, 2013
This shoot was done Nov. 11, 2013, three weeks after my final chemo treatment and one week prior to my surgery date. I was still very fatigued from chemo, had neuropathy in my feet and was nervous about the 4 week interim between chemo, when I knew the cancer was not spreading, and surgery when I knew the tumor would be removed. I was trying to center myself and control my thoughts during this time. As you can see, my hair was beginning to grow back as duck fuzz. Duane told me he had a last minute idea to have me sit on the couch Buddha style and be calm, tranquil. Tranquility was what I needed, perhaps more than what I was actually feeling. I do not meditate often, so I have have no idea if these poses are true to form. This, like many of the Finding Beauty in Cancer shoots, was about taking on a persona and playing. Finding some beauty. This was an important shoot in that it was the final one before the bilateral mastectomy where my breast would be removed. I wanted to have it to remember in the event my new breasts look drastically different. Duane, Jennie and I talked about several styles of lighting and posing, but kind of let it happen organically once we started. Betty Rae added her input on costuming and poses as well. The reporter from The Oregonian, Katy Maldoon, was with us for the entire session, which was fun for me and perhaps a little nerve wracking for Duane. He did a fabulous job, however, and I’m so pleased to have these beautiful images of my breast before surgery. These are really the final images of Boobies 1.o, as my step son says; my newly reconstructed ones will be Boobies 2.o.
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