Cancer

It is an honour and a privilege to photograph people, and it is not something I take lightly. Many families and couples have allowed me into their lives and allowed me to create experiences for them which I hope they will treasure for a long time. I know I do. Many have shared amazing stories with me and I am so greatful for that. Daily.

So this post titled Cancer is a personal aside, but I hope you can see it relates to all of us.

One of my very first clients (although I did not know this at the time) had cancer and passed away a few months later.  It was a family session with three generations within the family and I loved this gentleman instantly. When I looked at the photographs after the session I immediately criticised everything that was wrong about them. However  the photographs that I took that day, meant so much to the family. A member of the family contacted me after the funeral and said that I captured him at his very best and finest. That meant everything to me.  I have photographed children with rare and untreatable cancers and I think of them and their families every day. Every single day.

While I consider myself to be the type of person that see’s and appreciates moments and things, (and try to share these things with my clients in their photos of people they love) I think that a diagnosis of cancer or any brush with your own mortality brings this closer to mind.

Nicholas D. Kristof  writes about  this “This is trite but also so, so true: A brush with mortality turns out to be the best way to appreciate how blue the sky is, how sensuous grass feels underfoot, how melodious kids’ voices are. Even teenagers’ voices. A friend and colleague, David E. Sanger, who conquered cancer a decade ago, says, “No matter how bad a day you’re having, you say to yourself: ‘I’ve had worse.’ “I don’t mean to wax lyrical about the joys of tumors. But maybe the most elusive possession is contentment with what we have…And, believe me, it’s never too early – cancer or no cancer – to start appreciating our wondrous world, instead of disparaging its imperfections.” (read his full letter over here)

Last year 4 of my friends were diagnosed with cancers of varying types all from different walks of life and all had very different journeys.

One of them, Shireen Hammond (latest award Photographer of the Year 2015 just by the by) very honestly and bravely shared her journey via video entries the start of which is here.

Then this year, my amazing beautiful and witty friend was diagnosed with bile duct cancer you can read her honest and beautiful account of her story here.

For the months of August and September 2015 I will be donating my session fee ($150)  for all family/children portraits to Pancare, so if you have been wanting a photo session experience and also want to help and support people who have been diagnosed with cancer please get in contact with me to book your session. Or if you feel inclined just donate directly on the page.

I’d love to hear in the comments below how you try and appreciate things each day:)

sometimes you never know the value of a moment until its a memory.

 

Flowers, cancer

 

Cancer

 

Pancare Foundation

 

 

Mothers Day: Photo session experience

Long time no blog- have been spending lots of time trying to get my elbow better- as it turns out I had to have surgery to remove four pieces of bone that were preventing me from straightening it. I am slowly commencing business again and to celebrate the return to my babies (cameras) I am having a Mothers Day give away. Now I’m the sort of person that doesn’t even know when Mother’s Day is until the crazy hits the shops (and even then I’m still unsure of the actual day!).

 

Mother’s Day is not just about one day- its about every day and every night! Motherhood is an amazing experience (I’m not waxing lyrical about it either, as I type my youngest child has been crying/screaming/bawling for almost an hour like a two a year old- he’s not a two year old incidentally!) but it’s not about one day that you open the Mothers Day Card. Speaking of which last year Hallmark in the Netherlands inserted a camera into some mothers day cards to capture the reaction of the mum’s as they read the card. You can see that below.

‘Hidden Camera Card’ for Hallmark from Lemz on Vimeo.

In my work I like to create and capture an experience for you- the connections that you have and create memories that you can share for a long time. (“Do you remember when that crazy photographer took us to…” No! Not that one! The one where your family are interacting naturally and you forget I am there until I show you the joy, the laughter and the love you have for each other in the images I take of you. I am having a little competition (Melbourne/Hobart peeps only please) all you have to do is tell me in 25 words or less one of your favourite memories that involve your mum- it could be recent or something you remember from your childhood.The winner will receive a gift voucher for a photo session experience (valid for a year) and complimentary gift print from your photo session experience.
Entries close May 30th 2015. (yes I know that’s after “Mothers Day” :))
Please note that the prize must be taken as above and can not be taken as cash.
The winner must be contactable and will be announced on this blog.

For those wanting to purchase gift certificates for Mothers Day or any day please contact me:)

Elbow: Office temporarily closed.

Well unfortunately I have dislocated my elbow- my friends would have expected me to do this while hanging off a cliff trying to get a shot or climbing walls trying to get a shot etc etc you can be inventive here but alas I was barely moving. My elbows have been the amusement of many pt’s who just could not work out how they could move that way. Well being hypermobile has it’s drawbacks-and I have been advised to shut down shop for a little while until it gets better.

 

Thanks for your understanding.

 

Maree.

Win a great photographic prize and support a talented young dancer.

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Raffle tickets are now available for Melbourne and Tassie people wanting to support Merrikk, and pick up a fantastic photographic prize.

Most of the tickets are being sold at the dance school that Merrikk attends- Niche Dance Studios but I have a limited number of tickets available for purchase- they are $20.00 per ticket and the prize is valued at $1,370.

The gift voucher includes:

  • A photographic session (any type excluding wedding)
  • A 16X 24 Canvas ready to hang on your wall
  • 2 matted gift prints
  • Disk of gallery
  • Image Styling.

All funds go to Merrikk to help him get to Hong Kong- you can learn more here

As a bonus anyone that buys a ticket and then books a session with me and presents it to me will receive one matted gift print as a thank you for supporting this young dancer. Get on it people I have limited number of tickets email me maree@mareejaeger.com.au

Drawn on 25th October 2014.

 

 

Beautiful Designer and Designs.

I’ve been trialling doing some street/fashion photography for online magazine Cocktail Revolution, last month in my travels I got to photograph many people.

Have you been to the shop called Mazi?It’s a stunningly beautiful shop, with stunning beautiful things in it. Go look:)It’s a small shop but every, and I do mean every detail reflects the passion of the designer!

Anyway, I got to meet her! and photograph her!

Thank you so much it was a pleasure to meet you.

Everything, beautiful right?

 

Mazi