HERIOT

My own diagnosis with breast cancer shortly after beginning the Braving Life Photography project has given me a new appreciation for how important it is to celebrate the strength and courage of those living with and adjusting to life after cancer. My session with Heriot was the first I completed post diagnosis, surgery, and recovery. … Read more

My Cancer Journey: The Unsung Heroes

Two months ago, to the day, I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. Today was my follow up appointment with the surgeon. Today I got the news that I would NOT need chemo. We were hopeful, but prepared for treatment. Wait. What? No Chemo? Is that a thing? My mind usually goes blank when … Read more

Life after Breast Cancer Surgery: The Recovery Process

I am almost three weeks post op after breast cancer surgery. Wow. This morning the last of the steri-strips came off after my shower. Seeing my scars for the first time was not as bad as I had imagined it would be. I admit, my thinking and mindset leading up to the surgery was not … Read more

Letting It All Hang Out At The Beach

I thought at this time I would be recovering from surgery, or at the very least preparing for it. However, my surgeon has been called for jury duty so Dawn and I are doing the thing we love the most. Waiting. So while I wait, I decided to write about when we went to a … Read more

Out the Window

Our normal work and home routines went out the window on October 28. Most of our plans went right along with it. Yay changes! I shot my last convention for the year a week ago. It was a marathon 18 hour day with a great group of women grocery all stars. As exhausting a day … Read more

My Cancer Journey Begins

“The motivation to begin this photography project is deeply personal. In 2014, my mother lost her battle to Stage IV colon cancer that metastasized to her ovaries, cervix, and brain. She died three months after she was diagnosed. Watching a loved one suffer while battling cancer or other illnesses is not easy. Every day I … Read more

AMANDA

Everything I do in photography begins with a portfolio. When I decided to start Braving Life Photography, I knew my first step was to build a portfolio to show perspective partners and referrals. I asked my dear friend Amanda if she would pose for me. Amanda is 26 and has been battling breast cancer. Mastectomy.  … Read more

Here We Go!

The beginning stages of my creative process is usually messy and all over the place. My wife can attest to this. When inspiration strikes my preferred method includes thinking, a lot of thinking, followed by endless ideas that may or not be feasible or grounded in reality. When the light bulb goes off, my brain operates … Read more