Constanza, is a Venezuelan fashion photographer, with an amazing future ahead of her. She started when she was 15 and today at 21 she has a make from her passion her work, and the results is truly amazing. Although Venezuela was never being the capital of fashion like Paris, London or New York, I have to say we have very creative and talented people, so when I come across to a Venezuelan talented I know I has to make and interview, so today I bring you the talented mind behind Tata Shot.
For those who don’t know you, tell us about yourself
My name is Constanza but everyone calls me tata, I started to study photography from 15 years as a hobby and when I was 18 I decided to study it fully (right now I have 21). I was told that when one knows happiness cannot coexist without rebellion with sadness, that happens to me with photography, I feel that it is so my own that 90% of me has become so much that I spend most of the day thinking about what pictures I will make and I feel extremely blessed to be able to do what I love.
How is the fashion in your country?
Although Venezuela is not such a fashion capital, the awareness of fashion in my country is growing a lot specially in the last years and that despite the situation of the country, I consider that in these times of crisis, artists have created very excellent things generating a wave of good photographers, make-up artists, models, stylists and Venezuelan costumes, of course, there are still things that are not accepted or even understood as “art” but little by little the consciousness is being opened up.
How would you define beauty?
Well that’s a difficult question, in general for me beauty doesn’t necessary has to be something physical but more self-love, if you love yourself how you really are the physical part is not that important, and you can express that self-confidence that makes you, who you are. Beauty in my work is more subjective because for some eyes you will always be beautiful and for others not so much, so it will always depends of the persons you work with.
Were you educated in photography, or are you self-taught?
I Studied photography in “Roberto Mata photography workshop” school and I also studied cinema at the national school of cinema in Caracas. I am very artist person, and even do I love photography I also like to paint. I always buy books that add more knowledge. I consider education to be very important. Knowledge is something that you can never take away.
What camera do you use most of the time?
Right now I use a Nikon D610, but it was not always that before I had a D7100 and in my start a D3100. Although the camera is an important tool, the photo makes the photographer, so as I always tell my friends and people who ask me “it’s not the arrow, it’s the Indian”.
Which photo are you currently most proud of?
I do not have a favorite photo, I am proud of all my work and it has always been like this, my pride does not come because I consider myself the best, but because I always try to push myself. Whenever I finish some photos and I am happy with the result I enjoy that moment and then start to look for the errors to improve on the next photos I make and always try to be a better version of myself.
Comparing where you are now with where you are when you first started, what could you have done differently to get to where you are sooner?
I feel that the time has been perfect because I have learned what is necessary at the right time; I sweated in every photo and put into practice all what I have learned.
You’ve clearly worked with a wide range of models, what tips can you recommend to people looking to expand their portfolio?
To be dynamic, to be versatile and do not stay in the same thing.
Describe a typical shoot.
Make-up, hair, costumes, and photography! That is the order we follow, everything that is before or after that varies depending on the craziness we are doing.
It varies depending on the complexity of each one, there are photos that are taken fast but are edited a lot and others that are slow to take but almost have no touch-up. I have no favorite accessory, varies depending on the subject I’m going to photograph, I like to be in constant movement, not always stay in the same.
With whom would like to work?
I would love to work with the great people of the medium, the most talented and also with those emerging talents that promise a lot, but what I take more into account is in working with dedicated people who have a human quality.
Favorite photography book?
Mario Testino, Annie Leibovitz, David LaChapelle, Victor Demarchelier, Irving Penn and Gregory Crewdson.
To know more about Constanzas work, please visit: TataShot