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Happy New Year!!! Underwater healer project will be growing in 2014!

Happy New Year, Everyone!! あけまして おめでとうございます!

2013 was an amazing, inspirational and evolving year for me. I felt like I was riding on a roller coaster emotionally and physically everyday. It was definitely fun and dizzy 🙂 Looking back into all the underwater portrait photos in 2013, I had 23 portrait photo shoots including survivors, engagement, family and maternity! I was busy towards the end of the year especially working with 10 survivors in 3 states in 3 months besides my full time job! I managed my time to not lose myself and I think I made it through successful result!

2013年はとても刺激的で進化した一年でした。毎日、ローラーコースターに乗っているような楽しく、目まいのする、激しい毎日でした。一年を振り返ってみると、今年は23の水中撮影を終える事ができました。サバイバーの人達、妊婦さん、婚約、ファミリー撮影、昼のお仕事の合間を探しながらスムーズにこなす事ができました。特に年末は10人のサバイバーを3つのロケーションで3ヶ月で撮ったので風邪を引きましたが 自分を失わず、キャンペーンを成功する事ができたと思います。

My project, Underwater Healer About Face, helping heal cancer survivors through underwater portrait photography, was featured on CBS, The Huffington Post, The Huff Women, BuzzFeed, Weather Channel, IMDb, AsianWeek etc.  It was an exciting moment and I’ve never felt that kind of chill and goosebumps all over my body inside out. I loved that feeling. (definitely not good for your heart 🙂


I’m currently working on a book of cancer survivor underwater images with their stories. It’ll be in English and Japanese. I’m hoping to extend my project all over the world and reach out to people as much as I can. This is my first book that I’m designing and I hope many people can read it and get inspire.


Thank you so much. I would not have been able to do this campaign without your support! I hope you all have a fantastic new year!



Erena 下田恵玲奈

photo by Jeremy Cortez

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