I love having my photo taken.
However, it has not always been so.
Like most women, I was for many years completely camera shy, and cringed at photos of myself with red eye looking gormless because I was talking at the time so my mouth is open, and with every lump and bump exaggerated somehow. Yuk.
But over the years, I've made myself be photographed, especially by professionals. These guys know what they are doing, they shield you from the less successful shots (even supermodel photoshoots have a high attrition rate) and it is fun! Every photo shoot I have done has marked a place in the journey of my life - stilted glamour ones 22 years ago, more relaxed glamour ones a few years later, wedding photos, professional head shots when I was at my most ambitious, in a crazy early morning shoot. Each shoot has been more and more about who I really am and not bout trying to look beautiful.
I have been lucky that all the photographers I have worked with are great people willing to build a relationship, indeed most have already been friends. This latest shoot was with Ataahua Pinups, with the wonderful Ngahuia Riri. She is a beautiful woman with lots of empathy and humour, and she is very clear and directive, which I found useful, still being a bit unsure about my best angles.
Anyway here are some of my favourites. I pull lots of faces, because I like the silliness and character of a face pull over a serious photo. I m not in this to look beautiful or young, I am in it to express the crazy inner diva that is Constance, and so I've included some of the whackier shots too. :)