"It was so humbling to see these women come together as complete strangers and within an hour they were like best friends, sharing stories," she said.
Jordyn Blazier was able to channel her experience, strength, and hope to others for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October through photography.
Blazier is not a cancer survivor, but she lost a grandmother to breast cancer. And that will always have a lasting effect on someone.
"With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it's always had kind of a special place in my heart because my dad's mom--my grandmother--passed away from breast cancer in 1997," Blazier said.
She gathered 10 women who are currently going through different stages in their breast cancer journeys for the photoshoot. Her mother, Stacy Babin, and her sister, Brett, helped with the project, which was shot in Baton Rouge at the State Capitol.
"[Her mom] was a big, big help," Blazier said. "She came with me and helped me recruit. She helped me stay organized."
Blazier has a photography company. She shoots portraits, school photos, weddings, and other things of interest. But this was a new project because she sought out participants. She said her Facebook photography page got their attention.
"I made a post to let them know I had something big in store for Breast Cancer Awareness Month," she said.
The goal of the photoshoot was to form a community for these ladies of support, love, and acceptance, she said.
Blazier had each of them write something positive on a board and to hold it in front of them for individual photos. She also took group photographs. One in particular has the women jumping in unison on the capitol steps, like they're on spring break.
"It was so humbling to see these women come together as complete strangers and within an hour they were like best friends, sharing stories," she said. "Talking about their surgeons and what they went through. That was my goal, to see that happen."
The 2015 Ascension Christian graduate currently works at Baton Rouge General. "I work in the women's department, where they get their mammograms and all that."
She said that Baton Rouge General does much to raise awareness during October. For instance, employees may wear pink t-shirts that read "Protect your pumpkins." Moreover, the hospital features a pumpkin patch this time of year with pink (instead of orange) pumpkins.
"I'd just like to say thank you to every single woman who helped me achieve this," she said. "They already know how grateful I am and how appreciative I am for it."
For more info you can reach Jordyn at firstname.lastname@example.org or at Facebook.com/JordynBlazierPhotography.
This article was originally published in the Gonzales Weekly Citizen, Paint it Pink 2019.