"I worked as a boudoir photographer for many years," Charise told BuzzFeed. One day, a man called to book a shoot for his wife. "The day of the shoot, a beautiful and vivacious 62-year-old woman showed up to my studio determined to be covered up throughout her shoot,” she recalled.
Halfway through the session, the woman revealed that she was a 12-year survivor of breast cancer. "She was embarrassed about her breast, which she felt was mutilated," said Charise. "After her confession, she started exposing her 'good' breast to the camera while leaving the other one covered. She was feeling sensual and beautiful when suddenly she threw her clothes of and exclaimed 'fuck it! I'm doing this for myself!!'"
The transformation was "astounding" to witness, said Charise. "It was far too cathartic and powerful and experience to ignore. I knew in my heart that I had to explore this further."