When I first decided to pursue a career as a photographer, I was worried about working in isolation. I thought being self-employed might mean animosity from other photographers and a lonely life in front of my computer. Now I know it’s anything but and I feel privileged to be part of a supportive community full of wonderful, exuberant, and creative people.
Recently, we’ve been called to action to help one of our own. Sharlane Chase, a woman who has contributed so much to the Seattle wedding industry, has just been diagnosed with cancer. A cancer diagnosis is scary, but even scarier when you’re self-employed and mother to an 8-year-old daughter.
I’ve borrowed the following from my friend, Barbie Hull:
Photo by MeRa Koh
“Sharlane is a mother, a photographer, and our friend. This year began like a fairy tale, complete with a magical proposal from the man she loves. Like so many fairy tales, this one turned dark as Sharlane was diagnosed with cancer even before the wedding planning could begin. The diagnosis itself is scary enough, but so are the crushing costs associated. This is our attempt to help our friend, who has helped so many herself.”
So, the supportive industry I mentioned above has come together and is doing what they we best – we’re throwing a party!!
Here is a website with more info – please tell everyone you know! Let’s pack this party in support of Sharlane. There will be tons of awesome items up for auction at incredible prices, as well as food, drink, and a chance to shmooze with the most fun peeps in Seattle.
Here are the details:
- WHAT: fundraising event for Sharlane
- WHERE: Herban Feast at Sodo Park
- WHEN: Feb 4th at 7pm
- HOW: a silent auction of arts and services, along with an ongoing donation collection
- WHY: because cancer sucks and we heart Sharlane.