I’m back in San Francisco after an amazing, whirlwind trip to San Diego to shoot three beautiful and strong cancer survivors. As you may remember, this trip included working with two tattooed mastectomy survivors in collaboration with Shane Wallin, founder of Mastectomy Tattoo! It was incredible to meet him and see his work in person. In addition, I also was blessed to document a happy couple, one of which is a two time testicular cancer survivor, expecting their first child in May! It truly was an incredible weekend. Photos are coming soon, but in the meantime please read and watch their testimonials!
JUANITA SAYS: It was my father’s birthday yesterday and this is dedicated to him and all cancer survivors. My underwater photo shoot was a great experience! I felt so free, happy and relaxed – to be underwater my soul was at peace. Underwater I was able to find joy. Having this experience alongside two other survivors was incredible; I am happy I was able to share that moment with them. Erena made me feel so comfortable and at ease, she is a great photographer. I would recommend anybody who survives anything traumatic to go for it – there’s peace in the water! Also, thank you Tony and Shane, my great tattoo artists, for helping me find my “sexy” back. There is beauty after breast cancer! I am a survivor hear me roar!
TINA SAYS: I felt it was harder than it sounds! In turn, it was more fun than I expected!
The energy in that pool was something very special. Keeping the group small made it very intimate. It ensured a connection with everyone involved. The feeling underwater gave comfort in the sense of youthfulness and joy. It was a permission to laugh. It’s a celebration of life!
I would recommend this to other survivors! Thanks again Erena! It was a pleasure meeting you! I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to be a part of something so positive!
SCOTT SAYS: I thought the shoot went very well and easy. Erena made us both feel very comfortable – almost like you weren’t even there and it was just Mandy and I. The warm water was awesome, it added to the feeling of weightlessness. It gave me the ability to totally remove myself from anything else going on in my life and just be in the moment, which I think is very important for anyone going through cancer or rebuilding after cancer. I would recommend an Underwater Healer experience 100%! As with other things in life, and as I mentioned above, the ability to checkout for a period of time and have fun in the moment is important in the rebuilding and balance.
It was very much a magical weekend. Thanks again to Shane of Mastectomy Tattoo for his team work. I can’t wait to share the photos!