"Soon after my involvement with Breast Friends, the discussion of creating a calendar showing breast cancer survivors in their new life was the main topic every meeting. I was honored to be asked to photograph 24 women (myself included) in various stages of breast cancer, and show them at their best. It was a four-month photography project and it gave me the opportunity to share, cry and listen to their stories, and I finally learned what "empathy" means.
My cancer has taught me to slow down, connect and listen and be more understanding and sympathetic towards my clients. I not get to know them before the photo session and get a better sense of their intentions and wishes. I have a less of a 'photo-journalistic' approach, you might say."
-Excerpt from Marianne Pernold Young's Capelli Essay