Sunday, October 21, 2012

i Picture... Tabatha

For those of you who have been following me here and on Facebook you may have seen my posts about "i Picture hope."  This organization provides free portraiture to women battling or who have survived breast cancer.  While October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is in my heart to reach out year long to women who truly are the picture of hope.

This session was one that I have been beyond excited about.  Along with that excitement came the nerves!  I wanted to nail this session just the way I was picturing in my head.  I should know by now to throw those "ideas" right out the window.  While I did achieve my "picture"... I also learned so much more from this four generation of fantastic women!!  I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to capture Tabatha, her mother, daughter, and granddaughter. 

A little story behind the session...

In July of 2011 Tabatha found a lump in her left breast while performing a routine self breast exam.  Tabatha's family doctor sent her for an ultrasound at the Thyra M. Humphrey's Breast Center.  The lump that she found turned out to be a water filled cyst.  However, while being examined two other suspicious lumps were found.  They biopsied the two lumps and drained the cyst.  The biopsy results showed one of the lumps was cancerous.  In September of 2011 Tabatha underwent a lumpectomy.  Six weeks after her surgery she began radiation treatments.

Tabatha has been cancer-free for one year now.  The support of family and friends helped her get through one of the most difficult times in her life.  Tabatha's daughter, Jennyfer, was there for her through appointments helping her to laugh through the tears.  For these reasons I found it only fitting to include the lineage of strength behind this Picture of Hope.

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Kara Walsh said...

Ashley - what a beautiful session! You completely did her justice and captured the strength and beauty of the women in her life. Well done!! :)
- Kara

CaroljeanStrawn said...

I can see the hope and joy...such a lovely session of them all!

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