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Black Diamond Editorial …..

Just wanted to share one of my favourite shoots of the year………… (as it’s New Years Eve and all……)

An Editorial I shot with Wayne Lawes Photographer….Mr. Multi-Talented…also on styling! ;) and his lovely wife Liz Lawes also a photographer. We were assisted by another model Nic Button (lovely lady on a mission to keep me warm ….I love you for that!) ;)

Hair & Makeup by the super creative:  Tara Steel MUA

We shot this on location near Bournemouth & Newforest in Dorset …  and called it “Black Diamonds” :)

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Behind the Scenes…………

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<3 happy days…… :)

 

 

 

The compliment thing….

It is so very odd, that by being a model, people assume that you must think that you are beautiful! As of course modelling is presumably all about looks & beauty…. So people who model are therefore beautiful and therefore know they are, or why else would they model! Sounds simple!?

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But to my mind that is so far from how it is……I got into modelling as I liked having my hair done! I loved having my head rubbed like a dog and loved all the funky colours I had done, that i’d never have dared to otherwise.

As a teenager & growing up I had absolutely no confidence for one reason or another …. so I never for one second considered myself worthy of a second glimpse, let alone attractive, or anywhere near anything relevant to modelling! As my modelling continued and escalated over the years on and off…..(quite accidentally) I acquired a new found self confidence and an immense passion for it. But it was never about my looks, not then, not now, not ever.

The point of me writing this was I actually wanted to explain why I don’t accept compliments and may come across like I am being dismissive!

Often people make lovely comments on my images and I am very grateful yet so genuinely shy to accept these compliments! “Bullshit” I hear you say!  Outwardly and even inwardly I am a very confident person now, but compliment me and I will shake my head at you, change the subject, tell you to “shush” or “don’t be daft”. Not out of rudeness or that I am unappreciative , but because I genuinely don’t see it/or agree; plus I think how very vain and big-headed would it be if I did!  It is crazy as I know I have to to say thank you because it is polite and because I am genuinely grateful…..but it feels almost false when I say it as of course I disagree, and by saying thank you I feel that is me giving the nod saying “Yes I agree I am bloody awesome, thank you “!

This makes me sound mad I’m sure…..! ;)  I do think I am a good model and I do a very good job. But I disassociate being a good model with being good looking, as I don’t think the two necessarily need to go hand in hand.

So I don’t mean this to sound like I am some super sensitive flappy shy model, because I’m not!  :p  But rather thank you for all your kindness and sorry I perhaps seem to brush you off, when you are being complimentary, but these are my reasons (silly as they may sound!) :) <3