I am more than halfway to remission, as much as we can tell the cancer is gone, but the rest has stayed - the exhaustion, the scars, sometimes the fear...

I have learned many things over this time - mostly that I have a choice. I have a choice to have hope and to be positive. I have a choice to see myself as beautiful beyond my outer experience. I have a choice to look within myself and see the strength that others see in me. Once again, I find myself in the place of deeply wanting to see, and to be seen.

Early in my journey of cancer treatment I had a friend take a photo of me and I felt so awkward with my new short hair. Surrounded by women who appeared so confident in their bodies, I felt out of place, but there was such an ease in which the photographer spoke to me, she made me feel strong and connected, and I love the photo. When I look at it, it feels like me, a me I had almost forgotten was there.

I want to do that for people.
I want you to feel seen.
I want to show you the way other people see you.
I want to celebrate you with you.

The idea behind the Women’s Series photo sessions is to pay forward the healing power of photography that I received - to give women in transition photos to reference whenever they have doubt. Images that scream all the things that should be second nature to you, but aren’t, like you are worthy, you can do hard things, you are smart. YOU ARE ENOUGH. Getting your photo taken demands bravery. It demands the courage to let go of inhibitions and quiet the voices in your head. I can help you do that.

The session will take a few hours.

the focus of the day will be you.

We will talk about you, your strengths, your challenges, your hopes, and your dreams. If you need to be led through a meditation and drink a green juice to feel authentic, we will arrange it. If you need to take a shot of tequila and have a dance off, we will bring the limes.

We will choose a location that means something to you. You can choose to get your make-up done by one of our incredibly talented artist friends or enjoy a facial massage if make up's not your thing, and we will have a stylist help you choose clothing that makes you feel at home in your heart and in your skin.

And, at the end of the session, you will have an image, or maybe a couple hundred, that show you, YOU.

I cannot wait to do this for you. I offer one free Women Series session a year. All you have to do is reach out to me with your story or nominate a friend. I will select one woman for a completely complimentary day of soul food and photography. This offer includes coaching, styling, catering, plus all of your images edited, in high resolution, and ready for download.


jess / womens series participant

I want to thank Anastasia and her team for being so amazing the day of my shoot. They customized the day to suit me from the live wood shelving and succulents to the chocolate covered almonds. They allowed me to be so comfortable and I was able to be my complete self the entire time. Anastasia was vulnerable and open about her story and it allowed me to open up about my own. The shoot and the entire day got me out of my shell and I have been soaring ever since. Thank you ladies!

I respectfully acknowledge that I live, work and play with my family on the unceded territory of the Squamish Nation and Lil'wat Nation

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