Sometimes I get clients in my studio for that simply made me aware of how precious human life can be ... And how hard life can strike. Veronique was one of my clients that really touched me and made me aware again of both of those things at once. She booked me all the way back in october for a mini session (in the early days of my start). We decided to schedule her shoot on the 14th of january 2017; three months later. Not because I couldn't, but because she didn't want to be in front of my camera as she was going through chemo for breast cancer.
The thing is: cancer has become such a "used" term. You hear it soo much. Every single day. And if you haven'tt been touched on a personal level; it might even be something you aren't really "understanding" anymore or fully realizing how deep this goes for so many people out there. In a way that its not something that affects - you - . Maybe yet. Because in 1 out of 9 woman, breast cancer will statistically happen. And that makes it suddenly so close to home ...
On set we spoke about it; as I wanted to express my respect to her for being so strong about it. And I honestly confessed that I hope I never have to experience it ... Or even want to imagine that. And the answer I got right away was "you can't imagine it either". After those words we focussed back on our shooting. But it left a very deep impression on me still; one of those that will always stay with you as well.
Being hit like this - right to what makes us "feminine" - is something I cannot imagine. And at the same time, it's something I wanted to have the opportunity to capture as well. Not because I wanted to write this "media blog" but because I want to become aware myself again on a deeper level and because I hoped to give someone a smile again. I asked Veronique after she told me she was battling cancer still and didn't had hair left, if I was allowed to photograph her like that. To me, as portrait photographer, it wasn't about the sensation but a deeper desire to maybe show how beautiful she is - with or without - and maybe to give others out there hope who are struggling with the same time. Maybe confessing this is also pretty vain but I feel that "representation" like this (its the best word I could find) is something that needs to happen so much more often. It's not always about that perfect age or that specific size. It's about those natural things ... And things that people have to battle through. And still I hope can capture those beautiful moments; even though they're hard as **** and horrible. I want to make people feel beauiful no matter how they look.
For this set Kika was my make-up artist again and she did this amazing makeup that both complimented the fairytale set where we decided to make her a full winged unicorn queen with a gorgeous lacefront wig ... but also complimented all of her beauty when the wig was removed. Its a set I really treasure for what it shows and is and I'm so incredibly happy she allowed me to shoot and share these with all of you.
This is "my" set I've shot with her based on my wish to capture her both in a complete dress-up as well as removing a big part of what has been added and showing her beauty as it is. Her own client set will follow in the next following weeks!
Model - Veronique / Lady V ; MUA - Kika Von Macabre ; Unicorn Horn - Althreya ; Wings - Court Of The Fey & Photography - Sheridan's Art