Shot week 14
Hard Candy. Part of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” sessions by
Photographer: Raina Stinson./ Henna Tattoo Artist: Ana Warren / Makeup Artist: Justine Verigin / 1st Assistant: Alan Thornton / 2nd Assistant: Constance Spurling Videographer: Erik Schultz for Hooplaha
Hard Candy, the concept that we can play with sugar and spice and all the nice, easy breezy aspects of life in a photo shoot when the other part of life, cancer, is so hard. It’s the flip side of what I’m actually going through. This beautiful, joyful, pink shoot full of sugar and laughter is a break, a release, a reprieve from chemotherapy and how difficult parts of life are right now. It is really what this project is about. Finding beauty in something that doesn’t always feel or look beautiful. It’s why we need support in funding a book and gallery show to share the work with a wider audience and inspire others. Donate here. Continued below…
When photographer Raina Stinson approached me about doing a shoot for the Finding Beauty in Cancer project and told me about her series called, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” I jumped on the opportunity. I had recently purchased a piece of her work and wanted to meet her anyhow. What perfect timing, I thought, and what a good opportunity to collaborate with her creative mind. The session was both fun and exhausting. It was shot the weekend before my last round of chemo. I was as fatigued and low as I would be and had trouble sitting for the makeup and henna let alone the shoot. I faked it until I was actually laughing and kept it going from there. The team of creatives was amazing. All of them helped me though, from keeping me supplied with water and snacks to putting my shoes on for me. I was literally shaking from exhaustion after 4 hours, but happy to have done it. Cancer is hard, and yet there are moments of pink, sugar and laughter in between.