This blog follows both my personal and professional life, featuring my children, photography jobs, and of course, my love for animals. It's basically my own personal photo album combined with an information source for my clients. This site is very informal and allows me to share a little bit of my personality with you. :)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tess's Third Chemotherapy Treatment for Stage 1 - Level 3 Breast cancer - Utah Cancer Photographer

I am so excited to share Tess's story of courage and strength with you all. Isn't she beautiful? I had the opportunity to spend the day with her last week for her third chemo treatment. At the young age of 34, Tess was diagnosed in January with Stage One, Level Three breast cancer - the most aggressive level of cancer. I think what amazed me the most about Tess was her ability to light up the room with both the nurses and other chemo patients. She really is a ray of sunshine. I love her attitude and will to live, not only for her but for her daughter. Tess, Thank you so much for the opportunity you have given me to share your story with other people and for teaching me that every day I should be thankful to God for every breath because somewhere else somebody is fighting to live. You are beautiful - inside and out. If any of you are interested in donating to Tess's treatment and medical bills, please visit this link: http://gogetfunding.com/project/tess-t-your-breast Keep watching for more pics of Tess's story.

If you are interested in having your cancer story documented, please contact Melissa Papaj at 801-859-8173

Friday, April 12, 2013

Gina's Courageous Battle with Breast Cancer - Utah Cancer Photographer

This as been one of my very favorite sessions ever. You see, Gina has taught me an absolutely amazing lesson through her example. Gina was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer many years ago, was in remission for eight years and now has been diagnosed with stage four cancer. It has spread to Gina's brain. As we were shooting these pictures, I was so inspired by her attitude. She is even more beautiful on the inside than she is on the out - and she is absolutely beautiful on the outside. Gina, Thank you so much for inspiring me, for teaching me that every day is a gift from God and to live it the very best I can. Thank you for helping me realize that I need to focus more on the special things in life, the relationships I have and most importantly to stop, breathe and enjoy every breath I have been given. ♥ Also, a special thank you to Jillian Joy for giving her time to help Gina feel more beautiful and pampered as her makeup artist. I could not have done it without you. And to my special Angel friend Kelly, for introducing me to Gina and for sharing her with me. ♥

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, or any other kind of cancer, please contact me. I would love to help document your story www.melissapapajphotography.com 801-859-8173

Evan and Alex are engaged - St. Regis Hotel Park City Wedding Photographer

This was such a fun session! Evan contacted me a week or so before the session from California. He was bringing his girlfriend, Alex, to stay at St. Regis in Park City where he would propose. He wanted someone to document their feelings and emotions right after the "private" proposal. Such a fun time! Thanks guys, I wish you the best in your upcoming wedding plans!