i heart faces ~ Best Face Photo from Summer 2011

This week’s theme at i heart faces is “Best Face Photo from Summer 2011.” This is a people’s choice vote which I have never participated in before because I feel funny asking for votes. But this time it’s different because it’s not about me. I’m submitting this photo of my friend Renee. She is battling Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer which has spread to her lungs and bones. I want to share her story because she not only is a kind person, a mom of an adorable 4-year old son, my friend and neighbor, she is an agent of change in the world. She has started a project called Project Sending Love… and it’s all about gratitude. I am grateful to know Renee and have her presence in my life. This particular photo made Pioneer Woman’s blog as a black and white image, which was such an honor. I debated which version to show but I think Renee’s vitality and strength shines through best in color.

I also want to share that I’ve been accepted as a F.I.L.M. volunteer photographer. Family Images for Lasting Memories is an organization that offers photo sessions to cancer patients and their families. I took a photo of my friend, Debbie, just two weeks before she passed away from liver cancer in April and that photo graces family mantels, walls, and office cubicles. Once I finish my orientation in early October, I will be able to offer these sessions to other cancer patients. Please consider contributing to this wonderful organization.

Thanks for looking and for any prayers for Renee. She’s on her second round of chemo and is optimistic… she is amazing.

Editing to add that I made the initial cuts and this photo is eligible for voting. If you feel so inclined, I would be very grateful for your vote. I am #86. Thank you!!!


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  • Carmen - My father passed away from cancer in April so something like this really hits home for me and how important it is for cancer patients to be able to share life experience and give back to the world. I think Renee is still doing that even here in this post. <3ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Dodge - Just beautiful. You can see right through to her soul. I will pray for her and her family…ReplyCancel

  • Stacey S - Such a beautiful, beautiful image. What a wonderful thing you’re doing by joining that organization.ReplyCancel

  • Carmen Garland - This is beautiful! I love all the color and her story is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Glenda - just beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • bookbabie - Wonderful capture, I have so many friends who have battled different kinds of cancer and they have all survived the brave fight!ReplyCancel

  • Mrs. Claus - What gorgeous brown eyes and what a wonderful organization to be involved with. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi - She’s simply beautiful. Many prayers for Renee.ReplyCancel

  • CJ - Everything about this (the post, words, picture…) is just, gorgeous. Shes blessed to have you as a friend.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Holly, this is such a beautiful, powerful image. My heart breaks for your friend.

    Congrats on being accepted into F.I.L.M. you will be such a blessing to all those families.ReplyCancel

  • Tim Keppler - How do we vote ? What number is your photo on their website?ReplyCancel

  • Jordi - Wow. Gorgeous photo and touching story. I got goosebumps realizing how much strength is in those eyes. I think this in color is very vibrant and full of life! You captured this photo perfectly. I love it.

  • Holly - Thank you for the lovely comments. It touches me deeply to read them and your personal stories of dealing with cancer.

    Voting will open tomorrow (Wednesday) and I will post a link then if my image makes the initial judge’s cut. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Lia Lotito - Her expression, the background, the colors… everything says “beauty” in this photo! I really hope she wins this battle!ReplyCancel

  • Tim Keppler - You made the cut !! You are number 86 – everyone vote now !!ReplyCancel

  • Dana Suggs - Oh this is BEAUTIFUL!!! And better yet, it gets the word out for 2 things: PRAYER for your friend, as well as AWARENESS for this organization! I always love when photos mean MORE than just a pretty picture!

    Sent a vote your way! My entry is the first one…and I am bringing awareness to fostering. I wish you SO many blessings!ReplyCancel

  • daisey - Love it! I am also a breast cancer survivor with 2 small children. I was diagnosed at Stage 3 in Nov 2007. Every day is a gift. Renee has my vote!ReplyCancel

  • angela king - this is gorgeous. going to vote now. 🙂


  • staci - I already voted for your picture because I think it is so beautiful and moving. Really, just lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline (Frogmum) - Beautiful image ~ beautiful lady! You have my vote. She has my prayers. CxReplyCancel

  • Pamelala - LOVE and votedReplyCancel

  • i heart faces, People’s Choice Winner!!! » Holly Anissa - […] want to thank everyone who voted for Renee’s photo for the Best Face Photo of Summer 2011. Her photo came in at #7!!! I am so incredibly honored. Keep […]ReplyCancel

  • Life with Kaishon - I am praying for your friend right this very second. What a beautiful picture. Thank you for sharing her story.ReplyCancel

  • tamara - Hi Holly,

    Your work is absolutely beautiful.

    I am a holistic nutritionist and a chef in Toronto, Canada. We work with people with cancer, providing a healthy and healing meal delivery service while they undergo treatment. We are still in the start up phases and we are just getting our website in order.

    I was wondering if we would be able to use or purchase the image from Sept 26, 2011 of your gorgeous friend, Renee, for our website. Please let me know if this is a possibility.

    Thank you and have a good day,

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