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Photoshoot focus Magazine – October 2017


Behind the scenes for the October edition of focus magazine

Breast cancer affects one in eight women and is the third most common cancer in New Zealand. Each year, focus shines a spotlight on this insidious disease and reminds us that we need to be vigilant about checking our breasts. Thankfully, many women who travel the cancer journey carry on to lead wonderful and fulfilling lives.

It was a chilly day at the Mount when our three breast cancer survivors posed for endless photographs for the front cover of the October edition of focus. We were lucky to have Nikki South, who has photographed for Next Magazine, Women’s Day, New Idea and Trends as our photographer. With over 20 years’ experience, Nikki had the ladies laughing and relaxing into the photoshoot very quickly. Whilst the behind the scenes crew were all warmly wrapped up in jackets and coats, Emily Searle, Rebecca Tereu and Kathryn Clout modelled the latest gorgeous Spring outfits from Augustine by Kelly Coe.


First up were a few hours of pampering with the professionals. Hair to Train welcomed us to their salon on Anson Street and worked their magic on Emily, Rebecca and Kathryn. Sharyn Butters, who has massive experience as a makeup artist for TVNZ and has been the makeup supervisor on loads of productions such as Dancing with the Stars, worked her magic too.

With the focus being on breast cancer awareness we needed a pink colour scheme and Augustine by Kelly Coe at The Mount came up trumps.

Every photoshoot requires a ‘village’ to pull things together and these amazing women (below) made everything flow seamlessly.

Jess Jordan (Hair to Train), Sharyn Butters (Sharyn Butters Hair and Makeup), Nikki South (Nikki South Photography), Siobhan Maxwell (Hair to Train), Emily Nochills (Hair to Train) and Chantelle Aitken (Augustine)

When Emily Searle was having neo adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer in 2016, every day was a challenge – ‘bad’, ‘very bad’, or ‘even worse’ were her descriptive categories.

Kathryn Clout was recovering from a broken ankle when she felt a lump in her breast. A mammogram showed two tiny lumps – both so small doctors were incredulous she had felt anything at all.

Something like an insect bike on her left breast worried Rebecca Tereu. While her concerns were dispelled by medical professionals she decided to push for more tests.