Shamelessly Feminine | A Sad Goodbye to Sandra

Last spring I met an incredible woman named Sandra. Sandra came to me for a boudoir shoot after being hospitalized with brain cancer. You can learn more about Sandra from my first blog about her, HERE.

I received this email a few days ago from Sandra’s Sister:

“Hi Jen, my sister Sandra did an amazing photo shoot with you last year when she had just got out of the hospital.. Unfortunately, she has left us to heaven less than a month ago. I found her beautiful portfolio book that you created for her and I wanted to THANK YOU so much for  that. I remember you creating a blog on her that she shared with me and was hoping you can provide the link to me. We are collaborating a memorial for her in September with her friends and colleagues  because she truly was a remarkable character and has left such inspiration to hundreds of people.”

I was one of those hundreds of people.

Sandra, your time here although way too short, was incredibly meaningful. I hope you rest in peace. I will never forget you.

To my readers: If you want to leave some thoughts for Sandra and her family in the comments below, I will make sure it is seen by them. 


  1. Kim G on July 27, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Blessings for Sandra’s family. May you find peace in the love you have for her.

  2. David on July 27, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    My warmest thoughts and prayers go out to your family. I’ve last a mother and sister and know how hard it can be. Please stay strong and know she’s in good care now.
    Sincerely David

  3. William Mock on July 27, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    My condolences to the family…May She Rest in Peace!

  4. Eliza Daniels on July 27, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to her strength and beauty. My thoughts are with her family as say goodbye <3

  5. Al Vandever on July 27, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    My heart is always saddened when I hear of the passing of someone so young and with so much life ahead of them. My sincere and profound condolences to Sandra’s friends and family.


  6. Laura Luongo on July 27, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    I am so very very sorry for the loss of Sandra. May her memories live on and she will live in your hearts for ever and ever.

    While I feel a great sorrow for you, I am glad for you that you have the legacy of her pictures. They will provide you a wonderful memory and a great comfort.

    Whenever I hear of someone losing their battle, of someone who has lost a loved one to cancer, my heart is always filled with sadness.

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. Laura

  7. Rick Steverson on July 27, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Our family’s’ deepest sympathies for your loss. From looking at her image you can see that she was a beautiful earthly expression of God’s grace and love.

  8. Cathy nance on July 27, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    My sympathies for you and your family. It is a comfort to have beautiful photos to remember someone by.

  9. Kim Pedersen on July 27, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    The story went all the way over the ocean to Europe.

    I was touched and inspired by Sandras story, and the way she handled her situation with great strength and beauty.

    I am sadened to read that she has passed away in such a Young age.

    My sincere condolences to Sandras Family and friends and anyone who knew her.

    Sincerely Kim Pedersen, Denmark

  10. Ron Smith on August 1, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Always a sad day when someone you get to know on such an intimate level passes away. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  11. Mona-Marie Kuceluk on August 2, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I am so saddened to hear this news….I had the privilege of meeting Sandra and her son in the Spring of 2014 and then again in the Fall of that year, as part of the Shoots for a Cure association. I found her to have the most positive energy on our photo shoots – and I was amazed by her strength, charm, dignity, humor, and grace.

    The world has lost an incredible young woman and Heaven has gained a very special angel. May God hold her in the palm of His hands and may she rest in peace. Sincere condolences to her entire family and friends for your deep loss.
    In sympathy,

    • Sophia Glomann on August 5, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you Mona, my sister was a true fighter and inspired so many people around her. I’ve seen the pictures from Shoots for The Cure. If you have a link or blog, please send it to me: [email protected].

  12. Celeste Brown on August 3, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    It is amazing how a day of beauty can lift your spirits when you are in pain or ill from a chronic ailment. My daughter, Sarah Celeste, passed away 2 months ago at the age of 30. One day we always had to cherish is when Sue Bryce did a session with Sarah. My daughter and husband loved those images. My heart goes out to Sandra’s family as I now know exactly the intense grief of losing a loved one so early. The images bring back memories that are a great comfort to me. I hope Sandra’s family is finding some comfort as well. Photographers should always remember how important those images are to families. I hope the family finds comfort during this season of great sorrow and grief. – Celeste Brown –

  13. Sophia Glomann on August 5, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Thank you everyone for all your heartfelt condolences. Thank you Jen for capturing her beauty in the most natural way. My sister is missed so much, and truly inspired all of us in her own unique way xoxoxo

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