Carmen absolutely hates being photographed, and this photo shoot was really, really difficult for her. She emailed me late last year about doing a shoot partly to challenge herself, and partly as a celebration of life becoming a little easier for her lately. She has battled with her body image for years and is finally feeling "on the up". As I reckon you can tell from the photos, she is a warm-hearted, vivacious girl, and I really enjoyed getting to know her a little. Carmen, huge thanks for allowing me to share these photos even though you don't like some of them! I think you look utterly beautiful, myself.

Summer holidays

Alistair and Graeme's civil union at Wither Hills, Blenheim