Dedicated to Lara: Wife, Mother, Survivor.
Today I write to you all about Lara.
She is a wife, a mother of three boys, and someone that I am grateful to call a near and dear friend.
In the fall of 2014, Lara was diagnosed with breast cancer. Chemotherapy began without delay and a lumpectomy shortly took place after that.
In the spring that followed, she was scheduled to undergo a double mastectomy.
Knowing this, one day when we were hanging out I offered, “If you’re interested, I’d love to photograph you”.
At first she turned me down. But soon before she was scheduled for her surgery, she changed her mind.
T-minus 3 days to the surgery, we had her photoshoot and I took these beautiful glamour portraits of her.
To see someone who is going through chemo, radiation, surgeries and the overall trauma of a experiencing a life threatening illness; all while maintaining their determination, optimism and sense of humour, is a testament of her strength of character.
These portraits are ones that her family will cherish for the rest of their lives. I am so honoured to have had the privilege of being able to photograph Lara.
To end this post on an even more wonderful note, I am happy to say that after numerous rounds of chemo and radiation later, she is now in remission.