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Amber • Breast Cancer Inspiration

Bald is beautiful.

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Amber was diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer in April after she discovered a lump in one of her breasts. Since then she’s had a double mastectomy and started chemotherapy. She has a lot on her plate with all her treatments, feeling lousy and not to mention she is a wife and mother to beautiful 3-year-old twins. Her courage is inspiring and she has only gotten more beautiful through her trial.

For weeks I’ve been wanting to ask her if she wanted to do any sort of photo shoot to document this time in her life, but didn’t want to be invasive. The feeling was so strong on Wednesday that I finally asked her. She replied within a few minutes that it was a total answer to prayers. I found out she would lose her hair any second and had already kept it 3 days longer than anyone she knew. She was planning on shaving it so she didn’t wake up with it on the pillow.

In less than 24 hours, I was able to round together a team of amazing vendors for a breast cancer inspiration shoot Amber deserved. We were able to use a beautiful blush Vera Wang dress and gorgeous jewelry from Bridal Brilliance Rentals. Miss Syna Pok Harris rearranged her schedule to do Amber’s make up. Then, we planned to meet at a stunning location up in the mountains thanks to Shaun Smith and Janna Stout Morrell.

I met Amber for a quick pre-hair-cut-shoot after make-up with Syna then we went over to Amber’s in-law’s home to shave her head (which will all be blogged separately as part of the Beauty Revived Project). Annette, her mother-in-law, is her amazing hair dresser. She set up her little salon in the front yard with a mirror for Amber to watch. There were a few tears shed, but Amber was soo unbelievably positive through the entire thing. After she shaved (and bronzed) her hair we were ready to dress her up like a breast cancer fighting princess.

During the entire photo shoot, Amber was smiling, laughing and having a good time. At the end she asked “Should I be having this much fun after shaving off my hair?” The answer is definitely yes. I am soo happy we could turn this really crappy situation into a memorable, beautiful one.

family pictures, may 2014

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last shoot with hair, july 2014

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the shave, july 2014

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CREDITS

photography: Kylee Ann Photography • facebookinstagramoriginal blog post
dress: Bridal Brilliance Rentals • facebookinstagram • website
make up artist: Syna Harris • instagramwebsite
amber: fundraiser site

Kylee Maughan

photographer / owner

I’m a mom boss building businesses and community from the comfiest spot on my bed. I am a photographer, an educator, a mom blogger and community builder. I shoot weddings and families, lead an incredible team of photographers and employees, share my love for Maskcara make up, help other entrepreneurs create thriving businesses and most importantly, take my kids on adventures.

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  1. Alyssa

    July 4th, 2014 at 7:38 am

    She looks beautiful! She has the perfect shaped head for a bald cut. I know odd complement but it’s true! That dress also looks like it was made for her. Beautiful photos Kylee, I’m glad you have such a great gift to capture moments like these.

  2. Michele Anne

    July 4th, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Oh man. Who left onions on my desk.

    She is so gorgeous!

  3. Megan

    July 4th, 2014 at 8:43 am

    There is nothing stronger than the spirit of a woman determined to beat her cancer. I know that battle all too well. It is that strength and opposition which brings out that glow. Being a mommy just enhances it. So very beautiful! My prayers are with our elegant model and her family. Thank you for reminding me that the fight isn’t over…

  4. Andrés Vargas T

    July 4th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Ella es una belleza :) Un gran abrazo y muchas buenas intensiones. Excelente trabajo Kylee

  5. Andrés Vargas T

    July 4th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Ella es una belleza :) Un gran abrazo y muchas buenas intensiones. Excelente trabajo Kylee

  6. Stephanie Clark

    July 4th, 2014 at 10:24 am

    What an inspiration. So so beautiful. Beautiful shoot, you captured her essence perfectly.

  7. Conchita Medel

    July 4th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Those are beautiful portraits and she is so gorgeous! Such an inspiration… Never give up the fight Amber!

  8. shannon

    July 4th, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Wow what a beautiful and inspiring young woman. All to often I feel that women feel that they are defined by their hair and their breasts, having been a supporter of womans cancers for years I have had the chance to meet and be inspired by many women on the same journey as Amber and many have said that when it was time to shave their head (to beat the hair loss) they felt it liberating and found strength in feeling that they were beating their cancer and that they had never felt more beautiful.

    These photos of Amber are breath taking, she is gorgeous and strong. I pray Amber that you feel beautiful even when your feeling sick, that you feel strong even when your weak and that you find the faith even when you feel hopeless. You can beat this !!

  9. Betsy Nielsen Morrisroe

    July 4th, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Amber is a stunningly beautiful warrior and always will be, with or without hair. Her strength and sweetness shine from her lovely eyes. She reminds me so much of her sweet mama–thank you for sharing these wonderful photos!!

  10. Ashley | Ashley + David Photography

    July 4th, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    What a beautiful inspiration! These portraits are STUNNING!

  11. Brooke Stevens-Patrick

    July 4th, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    She is beautiful! Praying for her!

  12. Anna

    July 4th, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    This is so incredibly gorgeous!

  13. Sohail Chouhan

    July 4th, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    I’m so glad you were able to take STUNNING photos of the brave girl. She will survive, she looks like a fighter who is in it to win it. CONGRATS !!! to her and praying for her.

  14. DeAnn Lichfield

    July 5th, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Live. Love. Laugh. Cry. Amber you are a beautiful woman. Fight like a woman warrior.

  15. Jennifer Hudspeth

    July 15th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    So amazing. Most inspiring session I have seen in a LONG time. May God bless her and her family.

  16. Jennifer Hayward Munoz

    December 18th, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    KyleeAnn, these are STUNNING. Creamy rich colors, soft light, and beautiful woman. You captured these perfectly.

  17. Kathryn Bruns

    December 18th, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Beyond beautiful, every aspect.

  18. Jenny

    December 19th, 2014 at 10:44 am

    What beautiful images of an absolutely gorgeous woman!

  19. Brittney Johnson Hanvey

    December 19th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    chills… I have seen this post when you first shared it. CHILLS… I still get them. Beautiful work as always Kylee. You know how to make any woman feel beautiful no matter what. I still and will always look up to your inspiring work!

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