Created by Jana M. Suchy out of her Way Out West Creative boudoir photography, Pink-Ribbon Boudoir is a small gathering of breast-cancer survivors treated to a half-weekend photo retreat to build bonds of sisterhood—a gathering with food, salon services, a client boudoir wardrobe of pretty things to wear and individual, private photo sessions. The generosity of sponsors and donors provide these services free of charge in celebration of survival and transformation.
In the weeks following the event Jana shows each survivor a curated collection of her best images to select favorites for her personalized custom-designed keepsake photobook to treasure always—culminating in a public photo exhibit to increase breast-cancer awareness in the community while touching hearts.
The 1st PUBLIC PHOTO EXHIBIT was FABULOUS!
Sunday, December 4, 2022, at
The Post Workspaces in Tucson, Arizona
We thank our "Gem" venue sponsor donating use of The Post's large and beautiful space to feature our exhibit with 50 large canvas photographs of 7 breast-cancer survivors photographed at a photo retreat in August 2022..
A big crowd came to see the photographs—and stayed to meet the survivors and enjoy the food trucks, silent auction and free pink lemonade.
Pink-champagne toast: Photographer/project-creator Jana M. Suchy surrounded by 2022's survivors at Arizona's 1st Pink-Ribbon Boudoir public photo exhibit. photo by Donna Lannon, Genuine Photography
The Tucson Plastic Surgery PINK-RIBBON BOUDOIR PROJECT
We thank our top-tier "Crystal" naming-sponsors
Dr. Silvia Kurtovic & Dr. Raman Mahabir of Tucson Plastic Surgery.
(linked below; shown with their title-sponsor award. photo by Nadia Larsen)
Glass awards by local entertainer/artist extraordinaire Joe Bourne.
1st Annual—A Grand Success!
AUGUST 2022 PHOTO RETREAT
7 Survivors + 10 Volunteers = a fun and emotional day of a bittersweet sisterhood.
"We laughed, we cried, then we laughed some more," survivor Mary said. No one can know the breast-cancer journey unless they've walked in those moccasins. Seeing their own beauty and celebrating survival together is key—the camaraderie borne of enjoying the experience with a group encourages self-acceptance with reassurances that they are not alone.
They say it's the worst group with the best members.
7 survivors (seated) with 10 volunteers to make it a special day.
Kimberly with her award and salon-host & daughter Jillian Maisto-Ortiz. (photo by Nadia Larsen)
Kimberly Maisto of Keller Williams Southern Arizona
We thank our "Gem" retreat-venue sponsor donating use of her beautiful 4,000 sq ft desert home with her daugher's salon studio out back. (photos below by Jana)
Exhibit venue The Post Workspaces' Community Manager Chelsea Lopex (left) with Co-founder & Director of Operations Chelle Peterson registering guests. Not pictured, Founder & CEO Dan Wesson.
BOUDOIR PHOTO EXHIBIT & SILENT AUCTION
Graciously hosted by Chelle, Dan and Chelsea, the whole affair promised to be a class act & fun time, and did not disappoint.
Jana with 501(c)(3) nonprofit partner Nadia Larsen of the Nadia Strong Foundation. (photos below by Donna Lannon & Jana)
Celebrating a survivor's beauty at any age, any stage—
to come back to beauty, back to sexy, back to fun and feeling pretty.
I was completely caught off-guard with what I saw in the images—I see someone who is fierce and stunning, different from the way I see myself.
I'm so honored that you photographed me! So amazed that you showed me MY beauty!
When diagnosed I thought I'm never going to feel pretty again. Thank you for renewing beauty and a sense of self to all of us.
To improve the emotional health of survivors by inspiring hope and encouragement in a group setting to bond in sisterhood, to enhance self-image and confidence seeing beautiful photos of themselves, and to raise public awareness, education and compassion for breast cancer by giving a face to survivors embracing their new normal.
Recognizing the emotional and physical stress and loss one goes through during treatment and therapy for breast cancer just to stay alive, it is our goal to help provide survivors a memorable experience to rebuild positive body esteem, self-love and feelings of personal attractiveness all at no cost to them—they have been through and lost so much already. We envision a recurring program.
"I welcome the opportunity to feel sexy, strong and beautiful while showing our community what survivorship looks like. The best part was start to finish!"
“I love my book. I think plastic surgeons should display the photos for other patients to see. If I was newly diagnosed it would make me feel inspired to see the books.”