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Celebrate Survivors’ Photography Session Contest

In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As part of our quest to support women’s issues, Images by Kay & Co. Photography is excited to announce our complimentary, first Annual Breast Cancer Survivors’ CelebrateSexy Photo Session Contest.

Having any kind of cancer is frightening and confusing; but breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among U.S. Women.

Research shows us that the impact of breast cancer can be minimized with accurate information. As an all female team we are committed to supporting this cause and proud to be providing Arizona women a place to be photographed in a way that builds confidence about their bodies once again. The pampering that occurs during a CelebrateSexy photo session helps ease feelings of vulnerability. After surviving such a serious health challenge, women sometimes feel betrayed by their bodies. The beautiful photographs from the session help to bridge that gap, building peace and self-assurance.

Images by Kay & Co. Photography will hold a contest during the last two weeks of October for cancer survivors. If you or any woman you know has been affected by cancer, please consider entering our contest to win a FREE CelebrateSexy Diva Photography Package. Entering the contest is easy, simply send us your survival story along with one or two photos of you and we will post the entries on our blog. Then you, the readers, will choose the contest winner based on the person receiving the most number of votes. The winner will receive a Designer Diva Package and will be treated to professional hair styling and makeup application during her CelebrateSexy session. The images in her album will be a wonderful reminder and celebration of her beauty.

Anyone with a cancer survival story is a true winner – all finalists will receive a gift certificate toward a CelebrateSexy photography session. In addition, Images by Kay & Co. will contribute a portion of each CelebrateSexy session in October towards breast cancer research. Please join us in our support of breast cancer research by donating to this important cause.

To enter the contest:

This contest is for any woman who has survived or is fighting cancer in any form.

Please email your story to jamie@imagesbykay.com with the subject line: SURVIVOR CONTEST. Send a picture of yourself and any other photos you would like to share.

Your first name and images will be posted on our CelebrateSexy and Images by Kay & Co. Blog for our readers to view and vote on.

Feel free to nominate a deserving friend – just please ask their permission first and send us their contact information so that we can get their confirmation.

We will be accepting entries until October 31, 2010.

Viewers can cast their votes through November 13th and the winner will be announced on November 14th.

Good luck and we look forward to hearing your amazing stories!

CelebrateSexy is so excited to be partnering with Cougars & Co. for their Smokin’ Hot Model Search. The kick off party is tonight at at Hotel Indigo and there’s no charge at the door from 7 – 11. Bid on a private photo session with the cubs from the Cougars & Co. Den and all proceeds go to the Women’s Wellness Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital (providing medical care and treatment, and sending the MOM mobile into neighborhoods for women who would not otherwise be able to afford it.) For further information or details email shellinetko@cougarsandco.com 

To learn more about the Model Search go to: http://cougarsandco.com/2010/09/22/cougars-co-model-search/

CelebrateSexy is so excited to be partnering with Cougars & Co. for their Smokin’ Hot Model Search. The kick off party is tonight at at Hotel Indigo and there’s no charge at the door from 7 – 11. Bid on a private photo session with the cubs from the Cougars & Co. Den and all proceeds go to the Women’s Wellness Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital (providing medical care and treatment, and sending the MOM mobile into neighborhoods for women who would not otherwise be able to afford it.) For further information or details email shellinetko@cougarsandco.com 

To learn more about the Model Search go to: http://cougarsandco.com/2010/09/22/cougars-co-model-search/

Primp Me. Final.2 194x300 CelebrateSexy is Featured PhotographerWe are super excited to be a part of a really cool event this Thursday night at the W Hotel in Scottsdale: Primp Me, Prep Me & Shoot me sponsored by Spafitfinders (see link to blog for additional information: http://bit.ly/c9946H ). It’s going to be a great evening for gals to spend time together (and meet new friends) while being treated to manicures, makeup applications, hair styling, spray on tanning by our favorite company Naked Beauty (Naked Beauty) as well as checking out the cool jewelry and fabulous drinks and appetizers at the W Hotel. The event is FREE so plan to check it out!

You’ve got to check out my favortie new store . . .  Anastasia’s Bath . Body . Boudoir. They offer fine lingerie, luxurious bath and body treats, and charming boudoir décor.  Their European lingerie is sexy yet sophisticated, feminine but never frilly.  Shop elegant lines such as Lise Charmel and Aubade; flirty styles from Sally Jones Australia and Chantal Thomass; elegant silk night gowns and robes from Kenan of Canada.  Her lingerie is always sexy, always fabulous, but never compromising in good taste.  Further indulge with shea butter crèmes and bubble baths from Lollia and Nougat London.  Create romance and ambiance in your boudoir with Aglow candles, crystal perfume bottles, and Bella Fiore picture frames.  

Anastasia’s is located at The Shops Gainey Village  8787 N. Scottsdale Road #218  Scottsdale, Arizona 85253 480-443-4555

www.AnastasiasBoutiques.com  I was there the other day to capture these images so you can see how fabulous it is . . . better yet . . . go check it out for yourself! AND if you mention this blog post she has a VERY SPECIAL discount offer!!!!!!

 

You’ve got to check out my favortie new store . . .  Anastasia’s Bath . Body . Boudoir. They offer fine lingerie, luxurious bath and body treats, and charming boudoir décor.  Their European lingerie is sexy yet sophisticated, feminine but never frilly.  Shop elegant lines such as Lise Charmel and Aubade; flirty styles from Sally Jones Australia and Chantal Thomass; elegant silk night gowns and robes from Kenan of Canada.  Her lingerie is always sexy, always fabulous, but never compromising in good taste.  Further indulge with shea butter crèmes and bubble baths from Lollia and Nougat London.  Create romance and ambiance in your boudoir with Aglow candles, crystal perfume bottles, and Bella Fiore picture frames.  

Anastasia’s is located at The Shops Gainey Village  8787 N. Scottsdale Road #218  Scottsdale, Arizona 85253 480-443-4555

www.AnastasiasBoutiques.com  I was there the other day to capture these images so you can see how fabulous it is . . . better yet . . . go check it out for yourself! AND if you mention this blog post she has a VERY SPECIAL discount offer!!!!!!

 

Valentines Day Sensual Photos Make A Great Valentine’s GiftMen have it easy when it comes to Valentine’s Day. They know exactly what women want (sometimes!) — whether it’s a stunning bouquet of roses, a gleaming diamond necklace, or an expensive dinner at a fancy restaurant. Women, on the other hand, often struggle to find the perfect gift for the men in their lives.

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, you may already be sifting through possible gift ideas in your mind, but before you go out shopping at the nearest mall, consider the following alternative — why not surprise that special someone with a fantastic collection of sexy and sensual photographs? celebratesexyalbums2 300x175 Sensual Photos Make A Great Valentine’s GiftThink about it — he will be entirely blown away by the artistic beauty that CelebrateSexy photos provide. A CelebrateSexy photo session will make you feel like a queen. The setup, stage and design focus on making you look as sexy as possible. And with an all-female staff, you can be sure that you are getting the best advice on how to look as sexy as possible in your photos. They will help you do more than just look sexy, though — they will help you think sexy as well. After your photo session, you’ll feel more confident and secure about yourself than you have ever felt before. The best part is that you and your special someone can enjoy your newfound sense of confidence together. Give him more than just a new tie or some expensive cologne.  smoochcosmeticsad 300x217 Sensual Photos Make A Great Valentine’s GiftGive him a gift that will astound and captivate him. After all, Valentine’s Day is all about love and romance. Remind him why he fell in love with you in the first place.

Self-confidence is sensual, confidence is sexy. With CelebrateSexy photos, you will be able to bring out your inner goddess to the full extent.  There are many affordable sensual photography packages to choose from, which makes this the ideal gift for any budget. The talented staff can help you NaughtyorNice 217x300 Sensual Photos Make A Great Valentine’s Giftachieve the image you want to portray in a classy and sexy manner. It is their goal to make each intimate glamour photography session special and memorable for you from beginning to end, and also to provide an experience unlike any other where all women can find the “sexy” within. Sexy can be displayed in a variety of ways, whether it’s bold and beautiful or subtle and playful. CelebrateSexy is about celebrating who you are, no matter what size or shape you may be. Find out which kind of “sexy” fits you best. The man in your life will thank you, guaranteed.

Lingerie Heaven

December 14, 2009

All I can say is ‘WOW’!!!! I had the extreme pleasure of visiting the most amazing lingerie store right here is our own town! You’ve got to go check out Anastasia’s Bath Body Boudoir boutique in the Gainey Ranch Village shops. She has something for everyone . . . from custom made corset’s (great for bridal wear!) to sexy bra sets, yummy bath salts to relax you to ‘hot’ looking lingerie sure to spice up your life and some super cool jewelry that I couldn’t resist!!!!!

I also had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Lilly, who completely ‘gets’ what a woman wants . . . needs . . . desires . . .

All I can say is go, go, go and say ‘hello’ to Lilly for me. You’ll be very happy you stopped in icon smile Lingerie Heaven

www.anastasiasboutiques.com

8787 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(480) 443-4555

Meet Gabriela G. . .

October 23, 2009

 Meet Gabriela G. . .My name is Gabriela Garibay, I am a full time student in Sacramento State University and I was diagnosed with cancer on May of 2008. I consider this the best experience of my life because it changed my life and the person who I am in a way I did not expect it. It was unexpected and I had always been a very healthy person so I never thought I could have cancer.

It all started with a knee pain, that went on for nearly a year and even though I went to the emergency room many times there was no further testing because I didn’t have health insurance. Then I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which seemed weird because it was only my left knee that was swollen and in pain. I followed the treatment as it was prescribed because I could not stand the pain anymore and other aspects of my life were being affected too.  However, the pain did not stop and I went to the emergency room looking for more answers. Once again I was sent home and told that they could not help me I just had to deal with the symptoms of arthritis.

To my luck, a doctor called me the next day and said he wanted me to get an MRI done because he saw something abnormal in my bone.  I went that same day after school and I can truly say it is a date I will never forget. I had the MRI done and I was admitted to the hospital immediately, after a week and four biopsies I was sent home without knowing exactly what I had. I knew it could be cancer but I was just hoping for better results since it was unsure. Then I was referred to another doctor and had 3 more biopsies done. Finally, I was diagnosed with a cancer called lymphoma and the chaos in my family begun. I could not stand to see the pain in my parent’s eyes, just thinking of it brings tears to my eyes. I have learned so much about myself and to really appreciate what I have because in a blink of an eye everything you have can disappear.

 I take this experience has Gods way of letting me know I needed to be closer to him. For some reason every time something bad happens to us humans we turn to God for help and I was not the exception. I put my life in God’s hands and whatever he decides is best for me, I respect. However, I learned to enjoy every single day of life and to always help others because you never know when you will need the help. Ever since day one that I was admitted to the hospital the first time, I was astonished by all the love and support I received from people I did not even expected. I could not help to feel like crying once I realize how many people cared about me, I was receiving calls even from Mexico from so many persons, and it was a thriller for me. It is just amazing because until this day I receive many calls from people who want to know how I’m progressing, people praying for me, sending me food and donations. It so hard to explain how I feel and how this has had affected me. I do not believe in self pity because it only brings you down, I believe in fighting with everything you have and not being a victim. As I was going through chemotherapy, there were times I could not help to feel weak mentally but I had to keep strong because a big part of fighting any type of disease as a lot to do with your mind.

Today I am a survivor and I am afraid that the cancer will come back some day however I learned to enjoy every day like it was the lost one we had. I want to study speech pathology because I have always liked to be around children and I want to help children. But when I undergone chemotherapy and I saw so many kids in the clinic that were also receiving it, my wish to do something for children grew. It broke my heart to see these babies experiencing chemotherapy and that motivated me to avoid feeling sick even if I did feel very sick. I wish I had the cure for cancer and could give it to all those who are ill but since I cannot I keep them in my prayers. I am going to graduate and help others in any way I can just like so many people has helped me. I thank God for choosing me and no other member of my family to go through this because I do not know if I could resist seeing any of my love ones go through all the side effects and symptoms of cancer and the chemotherapy treatment.

I have always love taking pictures and to me being bald was awesome because I always wanted a picture of myself bald headed. It made me value every part of my body and be proud of whom I am and all the obstacles I have overcome. I would love to win this contest but what I want to do the most is spread cancer awareness and motivate those fighting against cancer.

Please post a comment, email me at jamie@imagesbykay.com or call the studio at 602-393-9333 to cast your vote starting November 1st!

Meet Debbie H . . .

October 13, 2009
 Meet Debbie H . . .Hello, my name is Debbie and on Dec.5, 2005 my life changed in an instant. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer – HER2. I endured 2 months of chemotherapy, followed by a double mastectomy, radical on the right side along with an axillary node dissection. Then I had another 2 months of chemotherapy followed by 33 radiation treatments. After that I received weekly Herceptin IV therapy treatments for a full year, which unfortunately did not stop the spread of the cancer. By August of 2007 the cancer had spread from the lymph nodes to my bones. The cancer is now considered Stage 4. It is now in my right rib, right ischuim area and left hip. I am on daily oral chemo for the rest of my life. My life expectancy is two to two and a half years as of August 2007. For me, these statistics are only numbers. I will defy these odds! I will never surrender to this cancer!

I didn’t share my story with you for sympathy, but to encourage you to live your life to the fullest! You see, I’m 45 yrs. old and I didn’t really start living my life until Dec. 5, 2005. I believe all bad things happen for a reason. My cancer has been the greatest gift in my life. It has taught me many life lessons and I have truly learned what is really important in life. So, this experience my friend is a rare, beautiful and priceless gift to cherish with all my heart.

I have created Warrior Princess Wear, LLC. with much love, compassion and inspiration. I hope you will find a design that speaks to your heart. May my inspirational wear inspire you in your life. I ask you to do a monthly self breast exam. It is easy and only takes a few minutes.
Also please go for your yearly mammograms. Take care of yourself and always listen to that
little voice inside of you. Your intuition is always right and only you know your body.

Part of the proceeds from your purchase will go to Bosom Buddies, a non-profit organization of caring volunteers who have personal experience dealing with the trauma and challenges of breast cancer. Their mission is to provide support through the sharing of common experiences and knowledge. Their goal is to assure women that they are not alone in their journey through breast cancer. Bosom Buddies is near and dear to my heart. They have done a lot for me and this is my way of giving back to them. Thank you for helping make a difference in the lives of others.

 

Please post a comment, email me at jamie@imagesbykay.com or call the studio at 602-393-9333 to cast your vote starting November 1st!