What an amazing journey this has been. One of fun, weird, wacky creativity, but also the realization of the impact cancer has and had on so many individuals.  From the person diagnosed with the dreaded decease, to the family members holding their hands and walking this tough path with them, to the doctors and nursing staff caring for them, to the ones who fought this battle and won, to those who had to say goodbye to a dear and loved one.

I have had moments of pure joy reading about the journeys of the cancer fighters I started following on Facebook and Instagram who won their battles, hearing how the models and make-up artists who joined me on this campaign were touched by the big C to crying reading how others didn’t have the energy to fight anymore and said their goodbyes way too soon.  What started as a campaign to keep me safe from falling into depression and sane from overthinking the rough patch I was going through end of 2016 and the tough 2017 lying ahead quickly became a very humbling experience to realize that I had SO much to be grateful for.  Working with close to 100 different personalities during this campaign one realizes that this is not about me, or the service provider or the model.  Even if we do awesome make-up, the model is drop dead gorgeous or super ripped or we take amazing images, this is a small drop in the ocean of the devastation cancer can spread without discriminating against whom it makes sick or takes away from loved ones.

From the first announcement about the idea I had the response was so amazing – people eagerly and willingly offered their help and services or wanted to be models. My homework started by getting ideas and themes for each shoot, but more so pairing the ideas with the models I lined up – stalking someone’s social media profiles help associating certain ideas with the right person, as reshoots were not an option.  Sponsorships were lined up and my ideas were ready to come to life.  Which started out as a 12-shoot idea ended up to be 31 shoots.  Yes, 31 amazing shoots!!  One post per day in October 2017

One of the biggest sponsors I’ll forever be grateful to is Camera Stuff. They believed in my ideas and were willing to assist. I have bought all my other lighting equipment from them too and even when I need advice or assistance they are always willing to help.  They also offer workshops. Visit their site for amazing prices, specials, service and equipment.

Another thank you goes out to a wonderful photographer friend, Marika Wilkins, who was willing to help me out short notice with retouching my images the day I was supposed to start posting after experiencing a small bump in the road with the retouching of these. We have never met, but she has been an absolute super star since we met via social media and I have learnt so much about editing and retouching from her.  Please visit her page to see her amazing work at Marika Wilkins Photography.

I am posting my images with pride and a grateful heart to all who were involved and helped me create images I would have otherwise never had the opportunity to create. It has challenged me and I have grown so much as photographer and person.  Per image I’ll list the model, make-up artist and other sponsors involved.

For those fighting it and fighting for survival, for those fighting against it, for those fighting with others, for those fighting for a cure, I salute you! I want to dedicate all my shoots to MARINELL PRINSLOO, an amazing photographer friend. Her journey is one of bravery, believe, hope, love and trust in our amazing Father.

Also watch this space as I am taking on this task for October 2018 again!

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1 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Petra Rossouw

Make-up: Louise Reynecke

Nails: Tammy Taylor Nails Boksburg

Lighting equipment: Camera Stuff

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2 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Brett Palframan

Puppy: Friends of Rescued Animals (FORA)

Lighting equipment: Camera Stuff

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3 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Stephanie Perks

Make-up: Sammie Lehman

Hair: Hair Etc Olympus

Lighting equipment: Camera Stuff

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4 OCTOBER 2017

Model:  Sibusiso Kotelo

Snake: Anita Marais

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5 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Christina Pappas

Make-up and Hair: Ultimate Glamour

Paint: Jack’s Paint President Hyper

Lighting equipment: Camera Stuff

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6 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Marco Araujo

Kisses: Ultimate Glamour

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7 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Gen Brand

Make-up and Hair: Ultimate Glamour

Lighting equipment: Camera Stuff

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8 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Ivan Green

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9 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Leanne Chiddick

Make-up: JvK Make-up

Dress: Silver Swallow Design

Sweets: By model

Lighting equipment: Camera Stuff

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10 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Marc Dryden-Schofield

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11 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Logan Coleman

Make-up: Model herself

Dress: Silver Swallow Design

Accessories: Jolene Hill

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12 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Bernato Breedt

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13 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Tertia Visser

Make-up: JvK Make-up

Accessories: Jolene Hill

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14 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Wesley Robertson

Rhinestones: Ultimate Glamour

Accessories: Jolene Hill

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15 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Tersia Oosthuisen

Make-up: Cuan Kemp

Accessories: Jolene Hill

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16 OCTOBER 2017

Models: Monique Lopes and Adrian Colyn

Make-up and Hair: Ultimate Glamour

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17 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Jaco van Wyk

Accessories: Commalong Tours

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18 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Candice Somerset

Make-up: Image Alchemy

Accessories: Jolene Hill

Lighting equipment: Camera Stuff

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19 OCTOBER 2017

Model and Art: John Adams

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20 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Eileen Janse van Rensburg

Make-up: Terry Bloem

Accessories: Jolene Hill

Lighting equipment: Camera Stuff

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21 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Rual Laubscher

Art (angel wings): John Adams

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22 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Charlene Lombard

Make-up: Monique Lamprecht

Accessories: Commalong Tours

Lighting equipment: Camera Stuff

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23 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Matt Lindner

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24 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Wayne Young

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25 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Veronique Mitchell

Make-up: Rumbidzai

Accessories: Arina Finch

Lighting equipment: Camera Stuff

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26 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Johandré Kruger

Accessories: Arina Finch

Lighting equipment: Camera Stuff

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27 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Donovan Saunders

Watches: Johandré Kruger

Body paint: Samantha Dejay Kitchener

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28 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Nicol Esquino

Make-up: Rumbidzai

Accessories: Arina Finch

Lighting equipment: Camera Stuff

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29 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Andre Rossouw

Hair: Ilze Oberholzer

Accessories: Arina Finch

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30 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Yolandi-lee Oberholzer

Make-up. hair and nails: By model herself

Accessories: Arina Finch

Lighting equipment: Camera Stuff

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31 OCTOBER 2017

Model: Troye Larson

Accessories: Boo!beloobies from  Mie’s Art & Crafts

Lighting equipment: Camera Stuff

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