A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a photographer (Frank Desantis), who asked if I’d be willing to work on a project with him and his friend… A friend who is fighting breast cancer. After having my own cancer demons in my past, I wanted in, and was honored to be included in such a project.
Her name is Kimberli Ransom, of Kimberli Ransom Photography, and she like many before her, is kicking the crap out of a horrible illness. And she’s doing it in style, which a smile on her face.
I talked with Kimberli and the photographer, over Facebook, leading up to the shoot. A concept of a peacock, was picked, and the day and time set. Due to energy levels of Kimberli, I had to try and get done fairly quickly… Those of you who have watched or helped someone battle cancer know exactly what I’m talking about.
Unlike many, Kimberli is doing something I’ve never seen… she, in her own words, “is finding beauty in cancer”.
I met with Kimberli and Frank one weekend morning at Kimberli’s studio. The first thing I noticed about Kimberli was how tall she is. The second thing was how bald she was. And the third was the smile she had. There was an air of determination about this woman, a fighting spirit, with a calm soft-spoken demeanor.
Unlike many models that stand in front of me, there was almost no hesitation from Kimberli to disrobe and be painted.. “After the poking and prodding I’ve gone through, I’m not going to be shy about my body”, was what she said to me.
We took breaks when needed, and I altered the design a bit so I could finish earlier. The painting took a few hours, and I don’t remember her complaining once. As tired as I knew her to be, I don’t remember Kimberli ever faltering in her resolve to get this photo shoot finished.
It was, inspiring. No matter what crap you have in your life, there is someone out there who no only has more / worse… but is handling theirs with much more strength and dignity.
This vile creature that has taken the lives of so many loved ones (mine included) is going to lose. Kimberli will win because she is a beautiful soul who is fighting back, and seeing the wonder of life in every single moment of every single day.
I will only share one photo of that day on Facebook, and ask that if you you want to see the rest of the shots, you follow the link below, and travel to Kimberli’s blog page, and maybe give her some encouragement… If you are the type to pray, then say a prayer… if you’re one to give good thoughts, please do so.
Life… is about finding beauty in every day. Sometimes we forget this. I’m glad I was reminded.