Michele Taras

After losing her grandmother to breast cancer, Michele Taras decided to do something in her honour, something that would help others diagnosed with the disease.
Over several years, Michele photographed over 100 breast cancer survivors, beginning with a woman whose self-esteem had been so affected after her lumpectomy that she was ashamed of her body. Her moment of self-discovery on seeing her pictures—”You are right! I am still beautiful!”—changed everything for her.
With some survivors, like young Sara (pictured here), it was about not changing because of breast cancer. A big believer in all things natural, Sara combined a healthy diet and supplements with her radiation, and regular doses of laughter and a positive outlook to lift her spirits.
The Breast Cancer Project became a fundraising exhibit in a number of locations. At the show in London, Ontario, a woman approached a volunteer and said, “I have breast cancer. They wanted me to do chemo, but I said no. Now that I see these pictures, and read these stories, I have changed my mind.”
“To think that perhaps we were able to save a life was the greatest gift to come out of this project,”
says Michele.

In business since 1998, Michele Taras’ specialization has long been portrait photography. Taras’ photographs capture the essence of her subject’s personality and moods. Taras is mostly known for her children’s portraits, being able to photograph even the most uncooperative of children.
Michele Taras, originally from Montreal, is a graduate of Sheridan College. She received the distinction of Sheridan Scholar in recognition of her high achievement. She as well graduated from the acclaimed New York Institute of Photography.
Taras has also been published in Photo Life (Canada’s leading photography magazine), the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun, and the Canadian Nurse’s Journal among other publications.
Look for the book Cancer Connections by the group PhotoSensitive where her stunning photograph figures on the cover, as well as twenty-one more images in the interior. Articles about her have been published in the Toronto Sun, The Mississauga News, the Brampton Guardian, the Enroute Magazine with Air Canada, the London Free Press as well as numerous television and radio interviews.