Claudine emailed me to enquire about having some photos of herself taken. The only request she had was to do the shoot with a full head of hair, looking healthy. You see she was scheduled to undergo surgery, the day after the shoot, to have a tumour removed. The outcome of which would determine if she needed to have chemo again.

I arrived at Claudine’s home, not knowing what to expect, wondering if she’d look ill, or if she would even in fact feel well enough to have photos taken by someone she had never met before. I was amazed by how she looked. She looked healthy, with no signs of the cancerous tumour in her body. She was easy going, confident and so beautiful, even though she had mentioned she was “camera-shy”. We sat in her lounge and she told me about her life, what she had been through and what was going to happen the next day, and about the cancer. We then began shooting. I took so many photos of her while we laughed, and spoke.

Claudine, thank you for contacting me to photograph you the day before your surgery. Here are a few photos to bring a smile to your face this evening and to help with “moving forward”.


  • Gerald

    07.02.2013 at 09:16 Reply

    Claudine is a dear friend of mine. I encouraged her to have some photos taken professionally – to celebrate her beautiful hair. But when we discussed it, it was so close to the surgery date that I doubted it would happen. I was delighted when she told me you were driving to her home for the shoot… And then you offered the shoot pro-bono… That was so beautiful an act of kindness to someone brave but very scared of what lay ahead. I have no place to say this, but thank you. Thank you for your kindness to my beautiful friend, and thank you for the humanity and beauty of your kindness…

  • cc

    07.02.2013 at 13:41 Reply

    gorgeously captured moment of real beauty!

  • allison roberts

    07.02.2013 at 21:10 Reply

    Stunning photos Eileen! Claudine you are beautiful. I truly pray your surgery was successful and that you will be on the road to recovery soon. All the best.

  • Tessa Dean

    13.02.2013 at 17:08 Reply

    Claudine you are very beautiful and brave. I wish you all the very best for your treatment and know that you are in my prayers.

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