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Breast cancer survivors invited to celebrate bodies with photo shoot
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Rebecca Lay participated in the 2017 Sparkle and Celebrate Pink event honoring those who have experienced breast cancer. The 2018 event will be Sept. 30 at Mirrored Images Boudoir in Gainesville. Photo courtesy Jenn Hyman

Women who have experienced breast cancer can celebrate their bodies at a photography event Sept. 30 in Gainesville.

For the second year, Mirrored Images Boudoir in Gainesville will team up with Cotton Rouge & Co., Cotton Rouge Photo and Staci Gibbs Makeup for its Sparkle and Celebrate Pink event. The event began as a way to raise breast cancer awareness, as well as celebrate the strength and bravery of those who have experienced breast cancer.

“The whole vibe behind my company is body positivity and self-acceptance,” said Jenn Hyman, owner and photographer with Mirrored Images Boudoir. “We want to help empower women who have had or still have breast cancer to show them that what they have are war marks, not just scars.”

Sparkle and Celebrate Pink

When: Sept. 30

Where: Mirrored Images Boudoir, 800 Georgia Ave., Gainesville

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Hyman explained that when women go through an experience such as breast cancer, the emotional and physical challenges become greater. To celebrate strong women and survival, a day of pampering will be provided to participants at no charge, including professional hair and makeup, along with a wardrobe consisting of body paint, rhinestones and optional pasties.

“This style of photography is out of a lot of people’s comfort zones, so we had a few more wardrobe options last year.”

Up to 20 women can apply to participate in the Sept. 30 event at Mirrored Images Boudoir, 800 Georgia Ave., Gainesville. The photo shoot will include mostly photos as a group, but each woman will also get a 5-10 minute solo shoot.

“The women who participated (last year) said they wanted to do it again,” Hyman said, laughing. “Many of them will be back this year giving support to the new participants.”

According to Hyman, she has already received interest from several women in the area for this year’s event. She recommends applicants email her their survival stories so she can begin narrowing down the participants.

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