A few weeks ago, I got a phone call from a lady in Melbourne who told me she wanted a photo session but the day she asked about I was already booked. I was in between client appointments and nearly didn’t ask her this question, but thank goodness I did. I asked “What sort of session are you looking to do – perhaps I maybe able to suggest another photographer for you?” She told me she wanted a session to celebrate her and making it through a tough year. I choked up inside and I knew I had to do this session, so I asked her, “Is there any chance you could do Saturday evening instead?” She told me yes and we made it happen. A few days later we met for her session. We often don’t take the time to do things for ourselves or to honour ourselves, but Maryea did. I admire Maryea greatly for that. What a beautiful gift to herself.
Please take a few minutes to read these words below from Maryea.
“Â I recently had the pleasure of spending an evening with Liz Arcus. I had organised a photo shoot with herÂ to celebrate the end of a very challenging year.Â I had been diagnosed with breast cancer early 2013; two rounds of surgery, five months of chemo and five weeks of radiation.
I had decided I wanted horses involved in the shoot.Â I grew up with these magnificent animals, we always owned them & they remain intensely special to me. I still ride now. My good Â friend Karan lives just out of Shepparton. She owns three horses.Â We met when we were 11. (we are 51 now!) I told her of my idea and she was more than happy to be involved.Â We met at Primary school- we had both engraved our initials (separately) in a wooden desk in our classroom…. Sister Theophane discovered the vandalism & was horrified! Our punishment was to sand back and re-varnish the desk during the weekly sport lesson. We didn’t know each other at all really at that point, as I had come to the school only the previous year.Â The desk sanding ended up being the high-light of our school-week!! So much for the punishment, we revelled in being perched up on the landing, sanding away and bonding thick and fast over ourÂ mutual love of horses. It was the beginning of a strong and life- long friendship .We rode together when we were kids, at every opportunity. My childhood horse is buried on Karan’s family property. We had numerous adventures & loved every minute of it.We still ride today. AÂ Â high-light was a trip to the Kimberely in 2008. Seven women rode for seven days covering 250 kms. An unforgettable experience ….
So, the photo shoot…Liz came out to Karan’s property as arranged. My first impression was that I had definitely made the right choice in photographers. Liz is intensely likable, honestÂ and earthy. She went to work, taking photos of myself, Karan and us together. We then went to the stables and got the horses Â involved. She asked interesting questions of both of us, as she sought to get to know a bit more about us. The shoot ended up being very cathartic for me; I actually cried a lot which really surprised me. It bought “stuff” to the surface when I least expected it, although horses can do that to you if you have that connection. (They are known for being healing creatures & more people are acknowledging that now, particularly with work involving young offenders.) All this wasÂ a very positive experience.
We rode out into paddocks at sunset, which was just beautiful and afterwards went back to the house for a champers. We played music and I cried some more…Casey Chambers, ‘Love like a Hurricane’, Â and Helen Reddy’s songÂ ‘I am woman, hear me roar….’Â being anotherÂ source of inspiration during my cancer battles…
I love a positive saying or quote but what helped me this year, were these words….Â “If you’re going through hell, keep going…”Â Â Winston Churchill.Â You do come out the other side. I have completed treatment, feeling well and enjoying my beautiful family and friends. Looking forward to Christmas and a three week break in Gippsland with my gorgeous husband and four children.
So, thank you Liz for capturing my celebration of me!Â Love & light,MaryeaÂ xxx”
Thank you for choosing me to photograph you.Â It was such an honour to spend a few hours with you Maryea and Karan. I loved walking and talking, getting to know more about horses, your journey, your friendship and adventures with Karan, and chatting about the wonderful movie – ‘Horseboy’ and chatting about the healing power of horses, singing along with Helen Reddy, laughing, crying and smiling with you and leaving you as sipped champers on Karan’s verandah listening to more music. You are a beautiful positive woman Maryea and it’s lovely to have met you. Sending you love and light today and always, Liz xo
To have your own session or with your loved ones contact Liz firstname.lastname@example.org or 0407861303