Hi, I’m Jana. I don't recall knowing any breast-cancer survivors in 2012 when producing the Montana pilot project for 9 survivors during the daylong Pink-Ribbon Boudoir event. But after first photographing boudoir in 2010 and hearing a young woman's responses—"Oh my god I'm beautiful, I never knew I was beautiful!"—I just knew who would benefit from feeling that way too: Breast-Cancer Survivors.
(women pictured this page from 2012 Montana pilot project)
ABOUT the Journey
I started photography in the mid-'80s as writer/photographer covering the Alaska commercial-fishing fleet for the West Coast fish papers of the day. It informed my photography style—taking impromptu photos on-location as life unfolds—marking my boudoir style as well. It's not posed studio-glam but shot on-location, indoors or out, typically in the client's home where she is more relaxed and comfortable.
(Eliza Wiley photo)
It's empowering for a woman to see how beautiful she is in her own skin—the entire experience of body positivity can transform her self-image and confidence. That's why I love shooting boudoir for breast-cancer survivors—to become a part of their journey and see tears of joy when they look at their photos, or after their long ordeal of treatment hearing that "Oooh, I look so pretty."
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Learn more about boudoir, my photo style and history, what's included in a shoot and FAQS/Tips/Guides at my boudoir website full of galleries and info.
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