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Upcoming photo sessions celebrate women diagnosed with breast cancer
Pink ribbon
Sparkle and Celebrate Pink

When: 10 a.m. Oct. 18

Where: Cotton Rouge & Co Studio, 250 Mill St., Taylors, S.C. 

How much: Free

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Jenn Hyman, owner and photographer for Mirrored Images Boudoir in Gainesville, wants to “bring a different light to breast cancer” through her Sparkle and Celebrate Pink event on Oct. 18. 

Hyman, along with Cotton Rouge & Co., Cotton Rouge Photo and makeup artist Staci Gibbs, will be offering a photo session with professional makeup and hair for those fighting the disease and those who have survived it.

“I think it’s seen as being an ugly disease, which it is, but this is just a different view on it,” she said.

Participants of this free event will have three wardrobe options: mesh body suit with rhinestones, pasties with rhinestones or body paint and glitter with rhinestones. 

“We are both actually boudoir photographers, but these aren’t going to be boudoir style pictures,” Hyman said about herself and Katie Cotton of Cotton Rouge & Co. “They’re more inspirational pictures so that they can have them for themselves (and) that they can share them with their families.”

She said they already have five women who have signed up for the event, and they would like to have a total somewhere between 15 to 20. 

“They’re super excited,” she said about the women. “...they’ve all chosen just to do the straight body paint and glitter and rhinestones straight on them. They’re very willing to participate and celebrate it and get the full experience out of it that they can.”

Hyman’s mother was a breast cancer survivor. 

“So it’s kind of closer for me,” she said. “And I also work full time as a nurse, and the hospital that I’m at is a cancer facility, so we come across that a lot.”

To make this event happen, Hyman shared the idea with her friends, who quickly jumped on board.

Hyman said the event will be held at Cotton Rouge & Co. Studio in Taylors, S.C. because it will provide a bigger space.  

“We’re able to offer it to more women (there) than what I would be able to here,” she said.  

The session will include group and individual shots.

“We’re also going to share their story,” Hyman said. “Everybody has got a unique story on their survival.”

Read other stories from The Times' "Pink is Stronger than You Think" coverage.