Savana is a young mom and new wife who is battling breast cancer.
When we discussed sharing her story as part of The Reveal Mission she mentioned that the first time her five-year-old daughter, Nevaeh, saw her without her hair it was a little scary for her.
Savana thought it would be fun, maybe even healing, to let Nevaeh use her head as a canvas and do some finger painting. Nevaeh was all for the idea.
The next weekend we met in their home, moved aside some dining room furniture, and got out the paints. Nevaeh was a bit timid around my big camera both before and after the photo shoot, but when she had the paint brushes in her hands (I think finger painting was too amateur for her) she was all artist.
Creativity breaks through barriers and helps us forget our fears.
We laughed a lot during the next hour. Nevaeh painted a pink survivors ribbon, an orange spaceship, a red heart, and other colored symbols that matched the colors of her mom’s tattoos. Savana told us the paint brush tickled her head, but that only made Nevaeh laugh and pick another paint.
As I processed the photos I was reminded of a song written and performed by Tyrone Wells. I hope you will push play on the music video and for the next three minutes slowly scroll down through the seventeen photos of two of my heroes, Savana and Nevaeh.
Please consider sharing their photographic story.