I had the honor of capturing this beautiful woman before a mastectomy. I’ve never thought our biology is what defines being feminine or masculine. It’s an essence, a spirit. I recently came across this description and it really resonates with me: “Femininity encompasses sweetness and strength, human weakness, and will. It’s being gentle and generous, kind and brave, in our own ways. It’s passion and grace. Depth and lightheartedness. It’s confidence in who we are, the courage to be vulnerable. It’s in our capacity to love and nurture. It’s a definition that varies from woman to woman, one we’re writing and rewriting every day. These identities only scratch the multifaceted surface of what it means to be a woman, but they’re worth celebrating.” This session was indeed a celebration, a moment of emotional connection before a physical change. But what it is to be feminine, is timeless.