a Deeper Look

Hear the stories behind the photos…


by Colby, age 10, Boston, MA

“This tree is like me because it looks like it’s been through some tough times, but it’s growing from them… just like me.”

Set Me Free (in memory of Grampy)

by Colby, age 9, Boston, MA

Light at the End of The Tunnel

In memory of Mady, age 13, Los Angeles, CA


“I wanted to show how I wore wigs because of my cancer. Many people who have cancer lose their hair and sometimes they wear wigs to make them more confident. I find this photo inspiring because I want people with cancer to be comfortable with how they look. This photo also tells me that sometimes when you get cancer you might start having low self-esteem.”


“It’s essential for me to advocate my cancer story because I feel like cancer has a lot of assumptions about it and everyone honestly has their own story and their own experience. I think photography is the best way for me and others to show their story.”

My Different Personalities

by Tessa, age 16, Los Angeles, CA

Winging It

by Tessa, age 16, Los Angeles, CA


by Shay, age 19, New York City, NY

“This is my scar. This is the first and only photo that exists of it. When I was younger, I hated my scar. I hated people’s constant curiosity over what it was. The constant question of what happened to you there? I never wore tank tops, no matter how hot it was outside, and if I needed to purchase a dress, I would make sure that it had at least one sleeve and it would cover the scar. Then, my freshman year of high school on my train commute back home, I noticed this lady who sat in front of me with a port-a-cath scar, wearing it proudly, it wasn't the scar wearing her. She looked so beautiful and brave. Now, I realize I do too.”

They're Just Like Candy

by Cindy, age 22, New York City, NY

My Therapy

by Hany, age 15, Los Angeles, CA

“This is a self-portrait of me making bracelets, one of my favorite hobbies. When I was in the hospital, making bracelets was one of my therapies to recover the strength in my hands.”

Hope in Friendship

by Phillip, age 17, San Francisco, CA


by Kevin, age 6, New York City, NY


by Jack, age 6, New Orleans, Louisiana


by Melvin, age 10, Denver, CO

“I didn’t want to have a normal pose. I had some glasses near me and wanted to put them on to make me not look boring. This picture means that even if you’re going through cancer, you can still be normal and do anything that you set your mind to.”

“I sympathize with this image so much because it's taught me to look at people in a different way. We all go through challenging moments in our lives. Those challenging moments are what connect us. It's humbling to see people overcoming their battles and continuing to survive.”

Miraculous Cures at St. Roch

by Juliett, age 14, New Orleans, Louisiana

The Unknown

by Tia, age 25, Los Angeles, CA

“My story is one of the unknown. Life is full of unknowns, and so I can say that I know nothing. That is the hard part. However, I am learning that it is okay to be around the unknown, even if it is scary. The unknown can be different for everyone. For me, I knew what cancer was, but I did not know what it would mean after. Would I survive or not survive? It was a 50% chance one way or the other. And if I survived, what was waiting for me?

I want people who share these feelings so that others know it is okay. I also want to show that the unknown can be beautiful.”

Sujay standing in front of a wall of photos

"I am an artist passionate in both fine art and photography. I find that my favorite pieces involve nature, movement, and the abstract. In every photograph, I hope to share an instantaneous experience of mine with others."

The Ascent

by Sujay, age 17, Los Angeles, CA

"While life may have you stuck in the ditches, there is always a way back up."

Cup of Me

by Ciara, age 13, Boston, MA


"The best thing about Shutterbugs is not only the fun, but seeing things in a different perspective. And always when I go out I bring my camera and never leave the house without it. Thank you for looking at my photo and helping kids like me!"

Light Tunnel

by Tessa L., age 8, Seattle, WA

Hanging On

by Kaela, age 18, Akron, Ohio

“I’ve had brain cancer since I was 17. I’ve had several surgeries and been through chemo. Right now my tumors are considered stable. I’m still fighting this every day. I will beat this!! After everything I’ve been through, hanging on to hope and positivity is important. I often say that in your struggle you find strength”

100% of proceeds from every print sold directly funds Pablove’s childhood cancer research grants program.