Mastectomy Portraits

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Why I had a Double Mastectomy/ About the Brcca genes

On October 13th 2020 I had a ((preventative)) Double Mastectomy as my Mother had the Brca 2 gene mutation. 

With relation to the Brca 1 and 2 genes, there is a fair amount of confusion which I'd like to clarify. 

We need these genes as they are tumor suppressor genes and both men and women have them, which is why men can also have breast cancer. 

A mutation in the Brca 1 gene can lead to Ovarian cancer only whilst a mutation in the Brca 2 gene can lead to both Ovarian and Breast cancer (as well as other cancers). 

I have been aware since the passing of my mother from Ovarian cancer in 2006 I needed to have a preventative Double Mastectomy. During last year with Covid I decided to take the time to have the surgery.

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Why I had my Before and After Mastectomy portrait session

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I made the decision to have my portrait sessions to say good bye to the girls. I was so nervous the night before my before session I couldn't sleep!

 

I gave up and instead worked through the night. I was planning on taking my top off after all.

I knew however I had no choice to go ahead with it because once my surgery was done, there was no changing my mind- I couldn't do a redo!

I can confidently show these images because I love being flat. I definitely could not have done something like this whilst I still had my girls! 

During my portrait session, I was very surprised to see how quickly I felt so liberated! 

The first 2 images on this page were taken by me but the others were taken in the sessions I had. 

The following dress however is from the LA Photography studio.

Types of sessions available for Mastectomy women

1/ Before & After Mastectomy sessions from $550 per session

Before session:

You will receive a makeover by a professional makeup artist. 

Your portrait session.

2 8 x 10" prints (normally valued at $310 each) in a 11 x 14" mat and the digital images which you can use to make additional copies and use on social media. 

After session:

You will receive a makeover by a professional makeup artist. 

Your portrait session.

2 8 x 10" prints in a 11 x 14" mat and the digital images which you can use to make additional copies and use on social media. 

Your preview & ordering session:

This will be done following your after session where we can finalise the prints you would like to choose. 

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2/ Beauty portrait session- $550

These are suited for Mastectomy women who may not have had the opportunity to had a Before and After session done. 

The process of going through a Mastectomy is different for everyone and the experience a deeply personal one. Perhaps until now you haven't felt in a space where you were able to be in front of the camera.

I want to provide you with a safe environment where you have the assurance your photographer has undergone the same surgery. 

You will receive a makeover by a professional makeup artist. 

Your portrait session.

2 8 x 10" prints (normally valued at $310 each) in a 11 x 14" mat and the digital images which you can use to make additional copies and use on social media. 

Enquiries & Bookings

For further enquiries, bookings and pricing please contact Laine at:

Email: laine@laphotographygc.com

Phone: 0424 956 826