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Breast Cancer Olympia, WA Poppi PhotographyBreast Cancer Olympia, WA Poppi PhotographyBreast Cancer Olympia, WA Poppi PhotographyBreast Cancer Olympia, WA Poppi PhotographyBreast Cancer Olympia, WA Poppi PhotographyShe calls me Kris. It’s the best. She’s become an inspiration in my life and when Angie asked me to document her journey through breast cancer, I said yes without hesitation and with a feeling of deep gratitude to capture these memories and feelings for her.

Cancer is an all too familiar word in my life these days. I have an entire hands worth of close friends and family members who were battling, are battling, or in remission right now. As Angie’s bracelet so perfectly states, “Cancer Sucks” and we taking all the suckiness and transforming it into a light for others to see. Images of hope, truth, and perseverance. The images above are from our first shoot together. Angie dyed her hair baby pink as a last hurrah before it would start to fall out. She wanted to capture blurry feelings, the crazy amounts of meds and the beautiful gifts from her friends. Fast forward twenty days later and due to the chemo Angie’s hair had begun to fall out. She messaged me and said it was time for our second round of photos. Breast Cancer Olympia, WA Poppi PhotographyBreast Cancer Olympia, WA Poppi PhotographyBreast Cancer Olympia, WA Poppi PhotographyBreast Cancer Olympia, WA Poppi PhotographyBreast Cancer Olympia, WA Poppi PhotographyBreast Cancer Olympia, WA Poppi PhotographyBreast Cancer Olympia, WA Poppi PhotographyBreast Cancer Olympia, WA Poppi PhotographyBreast Cancer Olympia, WA Poppi PhotographyBreast Cancer Olympia, WA Poppi PhotographyBreast Cancer Olympia, WA Poppi PhotographyBreast Cancer Olympia, WA Poppi PhotographyBreast Cancer Olympia, WA Poppi PhotographyHere is what I’d like to share with you from this last shoot. 1. Angie chooses to wake up each day and look for the good. As I watched her go from her full head of hair, to a Mohawk, and then finally to her new buzzed look, I was AMAZED at her strength and choice to be happy. Could we all say the same if we had to say goodbye to our locks? Her choice to stay positive radiates throughout her whole family and I’ve never been so impressed with what a difference an attitude can make. 2. Shortly after taking these photos I ran into Angie and her son in the store. As we said hello, her son showed me his cell phone and he had made his home-screen the photo of their hug where his hand is on her head. I MELTED. It was the most heartfelt, flattering experience and I realized just how important these photos are. They are going to be a source of happiness, love and something to reflect back on when Angie has come out on the other side of it all. Life is full of mystery and I’m not sure why such terrible things happen to GREAT people, but I do know that it compels us to be more compassionate, appreciate life’s little moments and value our connections all the more. Thank you to the whole Fields gang for welcoming me on this journey with you. Thank you to Julia Ward (hair stylist extraordinaire @ Moda Capelli Hair in Olympia) and thank you to everyone who reads this post. Please go read Angie’s blog to be inspired and learn more.

 

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The last image in the post is of Jared and I at the beach in Seabrook, WA. The beach is our happy place and my goal for 2015 is to have more balance between Poppi Photography and life with my family. Jared and I dedicated many hours to our careers last year and we are excited to play hard and work hard this year. Thank you to my clients who are already filling up my schedule for 2015! If you’d like to schedule a session with me this year, please contact me at kristina@poppiphoto.com! You can also stay up to date with me through my Instagram account.

Lastly, I wanted to give a special thank you to all the other entrepreneurial friends I collaborated with in 2014! What an amazing group of talented, giving, and creative ladies! Cocoa Vita Events \ Harts & Pearls \ Hood Canal EventsLOLA Lifestyle Boutique \ Meg Newton Photography