“You know what I miss the most? Being carefree.” This was the sentence that inspired the If Only For a Second photo project, by the Mimi Foundation, where 20 cancer patients were asked to participate in a unique makeover experience. Invited into a studio with a two-way mirror, they closed their eyes as their hair and make-up were completely redone. On the other side of the mirror, professional photographer Vincent Dixon snapped the exact second when the person opened their eyes and temporarily forgot about their illness.
Instead, they enjoyed an authentic laugh while looking at their hilarious new selves.
A book is now available that shows each of the makeovers. Here's part of the intro: “Every photo is followed by a caption, the date and the time the photo was taken and most importantly, the exact second when the person forgot about their disease. Going through this book, the reader is carried away by laughter, giggles and carefree faces. Readers will even be surprised to have on their own faces… a smile. This is the heart of the idea of the ‘If only for a second' project, to spread smiles and happiness.”
Below is a selection from the book. Make sure to watch the video, below, to see how the whole, heartwarming portrait project came together.
UPDATE: We're extremely delighted to announce that this uplifting project is one of 25 photo stories featured in our new book For Love, published by Chronicle Books! The official release date is March 15, 2016, and the book is currently available to pre-order at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indie Bound.