I was recently sent on assignment with the theme Women's Health and looking to highlight Susan G. Komen in the particular issue. All I knew before heading out on location was I would be photographing two women dealing with breast cancer. This type of story was a first for me and before the shoot I had to think hard on how I wanted to portray them. Thoughts crossed my mind to go for a stark feeling to the images, or black and white...I had several ideas before I landed on one: Life. Why would I want to showcase anything different when this can be such a warm and uplifting theme?
This story, already emotionally moving in scope, was augmented when I learned they met exactly one year prior to when these images were taken while in chemo and dub themselves the 'Chemo Amigos'. Incredibly, in this short period of time they have become a support network for one another and their emotional bond incredibly apparent. As I photographed them I was amazed at how much these women laughed and smiled; they made the energy around me so light and peaceful which is what I am typically trying to do as the photographer. They were so full of life and laughter that when I left the location I had to take a few minutes and reflect about what life is to me and what are we really most thankful for? Of course the answer to this is subjective; however, when it comes down to it, life is its own joy and being filled with love, laughter and friendship is so truly important. I am so thankful that I was able to meet these women and wish them continued happiness and joy on their roads to recovery.