The Story - I have been photographing people for 9 years now.  Each day I see beauty in people all around me.  Recently my mom was diagnosed with cancer for a second time and started to undergo chemotherapy.  It wasn't long before her hair began to fall out and within days it was completely gone.  Watching her one day I knew she was no longer comfortable because of the loss of her hair, and yet I could see how beautiful she was.  She possessed real, raw, natural beauty and I wanted to capture that for her.  This was when I envisioned ALOHOMORA.

The Vision - My vision of ALOHOMORA is to give a gift of hope, support and beauty to those that are fighting a battle, facing an obstacle, or overcoming a trial in their life.   Whether it be cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, alopecia, etc, you are still beautiful in the midst of tribulation. ALOHOMORA offers photo shoots at NO CHARGE to the people who are fighting the good fight.  I want to capture their beauty just as I did with my mom.  With these photos I hope that they will be able to see their own beauty, be inspired, and share it with their fathers, their mothers,  spouses and/or children.  

The Plan - you contact me.  we schedule a photo shoot.  you share your story with me.  i take lots of pictures.  i share your story and pictures with others as an offering of hope. i give you ALL the pictures at NO CHARGE.

If you are interested in a photo shoot for yourself or for someone else, please contact me by phone or email.

There is hope and support out there and I want ALOHOMORA to offer that in its own small way.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

my mom, cheryl, and her story

My Story:
This is my second bout with breast cancer.  The first time was 13 years ago and I went through the process asking questions and accepting treatment.  I spent the years following learning to deal with fibromyalgia that was triggered by the cancer treatments.  And I told myself I would never go through chemotherapy again.  When i discovered the lump this time, in May 2008, I knew what it was before I went for the diagnostic mammogram.  Don't ask me how, I just knew.  There were many things in my life that were not okay, that were huge burdens, and in my head I though I didn't want to be here anymore.  I have wonderful children, a husband, parents, and many siblings I love, but I knew a journey with cancer was a lone and solitary journey.  I had to reach deep within myself to find the strength to fight, and to make the choice to live.  In the process, I discovered God had prepared me to deal with this ugly monster again.  I have been better able to care for myself, to feel good in-between the bad times, and stronger; I have felt more educated about choices.  And throughout the six months of treatment, prayer has brought me strength, solace, and peace.

My hope for anyone struggling with an illness such as cancer, is that you may find the answers you need.  i hope and pray for you that you have the strength to fight, and to be a survivor.  If I can do it twice, you can do it!