A few weeks back I took some branding headshots for this lovely lady, Nicole Lanyon. And when I say lovely I really mean it. On the way to her headshot session Nicole called ahead to ask if I would like a coffee. Yep, she asked me, when I should’ve been the one offering her a coffee on arrival. Nicole is just one of those people who is always thinking of others, which makes total sense when you read about what she’s managed to accomplish recently.
The last few years of Nicole’s life haven’t been easy. At 38 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, an event that turned her world upside down. As a result she had to go through a mastectomy and weeks of radiotherapy, something all women pray they never have to experience. But she has come out the other side still smiling. And that’s not all. Discovering a large gap in the mastectomy bra market, Nicole made it her mission to create a line of pretty, feminine bras to help lift women’s self-image post-surgery, and to give them back their confidence. The result, Australia’s first online post surgery lingerie brand – Nicolette for Women.
‘Change can be beautiful’ is the tagline for Nicolette for Women, and I think it’s such a great sentence. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all lived by those words more? I wonder how different our lives would be? For most of us, making a dramatic change in our life is a choice we get to make for ourselves. And often we don’t do it because we are scared of what the result will be. Nicole didn’t have a choice. Change was thrust upon her. But rather than let it affect her life in a negative way, she used it to make a positive change. And that change is now going to help many other women live more positive lives too.
I love my job for what my photos can give to other people. But more than that I love my job for what it gives back to me. And meeting people like Nicole that inspire me to wake up and be a better person each and every day is at the top of that list.
By the way, if you’re in need for new branding headshots for your business, social media or other purposes, this Friday is the last day I will be offering my ‘First Friday of the Month’ special on Branding Headshots for 2014. Yes that’s Friday December 5th, only a few days away! What you get is a 30 minute session, 2 outfits and 10 professionally edited files for only $295.
You can check out all of the details at my recent blog post on my Branding Headshots offer, or just contact me on 0407 366 801 for further info or to book your spot!
Hope to hear from you soon!