50+ and Falling back in love with herself
From the moment I began my complimentary Warrior Goddess sessions for Breast Cancer Survivors, I knew these special women would forever change my life. I have photographed women at various stages in their diagnosis from those just diagnosed to 10-year survivors. When these survivors trust me to guide them through the process of boudoir photography and trying on lingerie, finding outfits that accentuate your best features, having your hair and makeup done they feel beautiful and pampered. They forget their scars. They forget that their body looks different. They forget that their hair is thinned or looks completely different. All they know is that THEY ARE FABULOUS. I guide them through the process and treat them like the goddesses they are.
Each and every woman has a powerful story of strength, reliance, and a renewed love of life and connection. I have felt so blessed to meet each and every one of these women and their stories of survival and strength has touched me deeply. As I began to give back to this community of women more and more businesses began to contact me regarding their services for survivors. I want to help in every way possible so I have put together a list of Amazing & Special resources for breast cancer survivors at every stage.
- Ali’s Alliance – Provides geographical resources for individuals searching or what actions to take during diagnosis, battle and aftermath of cancer. The Mission of Ali’s Alliance is to connect cancer patients, cancer survivors and caregivers with the most current and relevant resources available regarding treatment and support close to home. Ali’s Alliance offers a free, user-friendly solution for providing this information to the people who need it. https://www.alisalliance.org/
- American Cancer Society – Provides transportation, lodging, cancer information center, patient and caregiver resources and much more www.cancer.org
- American Breast Cancer Foundation – Provides education, advocacy, financial resources, support www.abcf.org
- Making Strides American Cancer Society – The American Cancer Society started Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks to unite communities in the fight against this deadly disease. They raise money to help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking breast cancer research and Provide patient services https://secure.acsevents.org/site/STR?pg=entry&fr_id=97670
- Beauty Beautique – Supplies wigs, scarves, hats, hair pieces (insurance may pay for wigs with a prescription for “cranial prosthetic”) 561-744-8803
- Bluewater babes – Donates financial assistance to local women directly through their charity, Bluewater Babes Charitable Trust and Out of the Blue Fund https://bluewaterbabes.org/
- Breast Cancer Freebies – Supplies financial assistance info, free wigs, support groups, info on prosthetics, scholarships, retreats, and much more Breastcancerfreebies.com
- Cancer Alliance of Help and Hope, Inc. – Donates financial assistance www.cahh.org
- CancerCare – Provides counseling, support groups, education, and financial assistance www.cancercare.org
- Coach Shannon Burrows – Is a Cancer Concierge. She leads cancer patients, survivors & caregivers through exercise and healthy living practices for optimal life through your cancer journey and beyond. She is a breast cancer survivor as well as a Certified Personal Trainer (NASM) and Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist (CETI). She combines her background, experience, knowledge to help you through your journey by educating, informing, empowering, and inspiring you https://www.facebook.com/CoachShannonBurrows/
- Healing Touch Buddies – Supplies energy therapy and support 561-741-1671
- Jennifer Schosheim, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C – Is an Oncology Clinical Social Worker with Jupiter Medical Center who has a Virtual Breast Cancer Support Group 561-263-3659
- Mady Moreno – Jupiter Medical Center – Financial Counselor 561-263-5080
- Rosa Cosme – Jupiter Medical Center – Financial Counselor 561-263-3820
- Lighthouse Dragons SOS – promote a healthy, active lifestyle and provide organized opportunities for physical fitness, wellness education, and psycho-social empowerment among Breast Cancer Survivors and their supporters through the sport of dragon boating https://www.facebook.com/pg/LightHouseDragons/about/?ref=page_internal
- NCCN: National Comprehensive Cancer Network – Provides national guidelines, education, events/programs, and research information www.NCCN.org
- Your Bosom Buddies 11, Inc – is a Breast Cancer Support Group in the Western Community of Palm Beach County that provides educational, emotional and financial support to women in Palm Beach County www.yourbosombuddies2.org
- Susan G. Komen Florida – Provides support, resources, and financial resources komenflorida.org
- The Pink Fund – Provides financial assistance www.thepinkfund.org
- Secretly Yours – Supplies mastectomy bras, breast forms, shapers, bras, post-surgical ‘easy step in’ camisoles, lymphedema sleeves, hats, hair, turbans, and scarfs www.secretlyyours.com
- Meghan Ross – Discount on lash extensions and microblading eyebrows (mention Rhea Lewis sent you) 561-332-7867
- Adam Bee – Discounted mastectomy tattoos (mention Rebecca Monzon / Rhea Lewis sent you) www.inkandpistons.com
- Fabien DeGuffroy, CMLDT – a massage therapist with 25 years of experience and a certified Lymphatic drainage therapist for the past 5 years. He is experienced anywhere from post-surgery healing to liposuction recovery 561-573-0695
These organizations and businesses along with mine have heartfelt approaches to helping cancer survivors at various stages of their cancer journey, and are available to help pick up where the doctors leave off. From financial assistance to alternative health and wellness support and services, this is a local listing that will be updated as we continue to learn about more resources in our area. With 1 in 8 women facing a diagnosis of breast cancer, it is my sincere hope that this list can be a place of refuge for those facing cancer and for caregivers and friends and family of those whose lives are touched by this disease. As a community of women, we are stronger together, and with support and awareness of this disease and the resources available, we can uplift and ease the pain of our sisters.
The normal girl doesn’t dream about being photographed in their underwear. For most women, that sounds terrifying actually! There is so much media scrutiny on the “perfect body” and fitting…
You are coming up to the time in your life where everything is about to change for the better. Would you like to capture that moment in time, just before your wedding day, when you are feeling like a total babe and you’re excited for the months and years ahead? Not to mention, it also makes an awesome gift for your groom on your wedding day!
We completely understand. It takes a lot of confidence to strip down to your pretty underwear, especially in front of a camera! You have to put a lot of trust into your photographer as with any kind of photo shoot on what it is you are looking for and how you want your photos to turn out. This is why we have put together some advice for your bridal boudoir photo shoot.
- Get what you want!
Make sure the photographer shoots and understands the type of boudoir style you like and want. This may sound obvious, but check out our bridal boudoir portfolio before your shoot and feel free to talk to us about any ideas you may have or want to try to accomplish during your bridal boudoir shoot.
- Invest In New Lingerie
Use this experience as an excuse to give your lingerie drawer an overhaul! This is a perfect opportunity to put away that old lingerie and start fresh for your newly married life. With a few new additions of lingerie or negligees these will help you feel elegant and beautiful during the bridal boudoir photo shoot and future rendezvous with that special someone! Confidence is the ultimate accessory for a successful shoot. Lots of elements contribute to the success such as your photographer, outfits, hair and makeup!
- All About Props
If you think you might be a bit nervous prior to the photo shoot, be sure to ask us about the types of props we have. During our bridal boudoir photo shoots, brides-to-be, usually feel more comfortable if they have something to do with their hands. Some suggestions may be a floral bouquet, a loose single flower or something that you can hold. Also, if you would like to use a veil, it can create very beautiful imagery and also gives you a little bit of coverage making the photos more suggestive!
- We have a Glam Squad!
You have enough to worry about on the day of the bridal boudoir photo shoot so leave the hair and makeup to us! This will help with your confidence during the photo shoot and allow you to have a successful photo shoot. Also, a pro hair and makeup artist also understands how good hair and makeup translates on the camera which is very important.
- Prettiness Preparation
Prep your face and body before the photo shoot is important as well. Be sure to drink lots of water in the lead up to the shoot, avoid alcohol as it dries out your skin and increases redness. Also, be sure to skip the any fake tans as orange marks are a photographer’s nightmare and are tough to edit out. Last but not least, make sure you get a good night’s sleep before your shoot!
By taking these few tips into consideration will help make your bridal boudoir photo shoot a success. Here at Rhea Lewis Photography, we strive to make you as comfortable as possible and strive to provide you with the photo shoot you want to show that special someone! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us and schedule your session as they tend to book quickly!