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New Jersey, New York
Brain Tumor Fighter
I was a financial associate but [am] on disability [now]. I was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in 2011. After several surgeries to alleviate the pressure, I underwent radiation therapy and chemotherapy everyday for six weeks. I continued chemo for a year. Earlier in 2013, I started losing my vision. Doctors discovered another tumor on my optic nerve. While the brain tumor has remained stable, the optic nerve tumor has been harder to treat and I have lost all my vision in my right eye and part of my vision in my left.
I loved the opportunity to do the underwater session with Erena. It was on my to-see list from the moment I saw underwater photography and knew it was possible. It is a way to see yourself in a different light and environment. It is a way to showcase how much you can accomplish. It is a beautiful escape.
Let an underwater portrait photography session transform you.
I’m an underwater portrait photographer and an underwater healer. I travel the world to reach my clients and to help them improve their self-esteem through underwater healing. My goal is to work with people from all over the world to heal their mind and body with the magic of underwater portrait sessions.
My last client had a fear of water. Even though she technically knew how to swim, she still always had a nervous and uncomfortable feeling toward water. After she saw some of my underwater photography portraits, she felt inspired. She thought an underwater photography session might help her conquer her fear, and she became both excited and curious about the underwater world that had felt so foreign before. During the photo shoot, she felt motivated by the experience and invigorated. She was surprised at how much more confident she felt after the session, and she was proud of herself for having taken a step toward conquering her fear of water. The photographs shown below are a couple of our favorites from that shoot. She says that looking at these pictures remind her of the strength and confidence she gained from this experience. She is now ready to move on to her next stage!
Remember—anything is possible! All you need is to be curious and optimistic!
私は水中ポートレイト写真家，そして水の中での治療者です。クライアントの自尊心の向上を助ける為に世界中を駆け回ります。 一番の目標は 世界中の人達の心の病みを 水中ポートレート マジックで 少しでも 癒して、元気をつけてあげる事です。ある一人のクライアントは水の恐怖症を持っている人でした。彼女は私のいくつかの作品を見て、水に対する恐怖を克服できるのではないかと考え始めました。 全く違う世界であった水の世界に興奮と好奇心も持ち始め、水の中で写真を撮られている間に、彼女は誘導され，元気つけられている事を感じました。その後、 自信がみなぎり、水の恐怖心を克服した事に誇りを持つ事ができました。 彼女はできあがった写真を見て感動し、この経験で得た力と自身を無駄にしないように 新たな次へのステップに向かう準備をしています。貴方は何か、自分自身にチャレンジしたい物を探してはいませんか？ このポートレートセッションは 生きている上で 貴重な思い出と、素晴らしい経験になる事を心から請け合います。水中治療について、お質問がありましたら、ご遠慮なく私に御連絡ください。人生すべてが可能です。何事にも興味と好奇心を持つ事が大切だと私は信じます。皆様にお会いするのを楽しみにしています。
Underwater Healer – About Face
Help cancer survivors rediscover their beauty through underwater portrait photoghraphy
- Consultation 1 hour meeting in person, phone or skype
- Q & A anytime on the phone or the email
- Pool session 30 min. prep and 1 hour pool time. Pool location to be arranged.
- High resolution digital photos online
She wants the photo shoot to be each client’s own project. The clients should be involved in pre-production so they can get to know each other and feel pumped up about the shoot! For her, the most important and beautiful aspect of her work is to be able to successfully present who the subjects are through their expressions, emotions and personalities. Telling them what they should look like would defeat the purpose of her goal, so she prefer not to do that. She helps them feel comfortable and relaxed underwater.
FREE for cancer survivors and anyone who endured a traumatic life experience
We would love to keep working on this project because underwater portrait was really effective for cancer survivors to feel the freedom and to give them courage to challenge new things. There is a waiting list of survivors who would like to experience the underwater portrait session just like everybody here and we need your help!
Underwater Healer – About Face project continues through much-appreciated donations.
You can directly sponsor a cancer survivor/patient or anyone who endured a traumatic life experience so that they can experience a life-changing, healing underwater photography session without financial obligation.
- You can also sign up for your own photo session. All proceeds go to the Underwater Healer – About Face project. Please check out my gallery page 1 and page 2.
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Please describe your Underwater Healer Project request and your situation/condition (including your location and desirable dates) in as much detail as you can, and I can assist you with more information. Thank you.