I cannot recommend this experience enough; it allows you to see your self, as others do, not how you think you look. But it’s not just about how you look, it is about how you feel, it’s about celebrating a point in your life, it’s about capturing the moment, because all we have is now."Read More
"Red shoe make overs are less about having nice photos of yourself to look at and more about rebuilding confidence and strength.
I use this photo every day to remind me that I am fierce, I am strong, and even though I have not yet reached my goal weight....I am still beautiful.
Somewhere along life's painful journey in the past 2 years I lost myself. I lost my strength, my hope, my confidence and determination, and even the will to live. I had my makeover at the time my 10 year marriage was ending in hopes of feeling better about how I look.
What I did not know at the time was that life was about to get even more painful than I ever expected it could be. There are days I can not bear the thought of getting out of bed to take care of my 4 children when I just want to sit and cry all day.
Then I look at the expression on my face that Sarah somehow managed to catch on camera that reminds me I am better than that. I am stronger than the temporary pain I am going through. I deserve better than the broken relationships and lost friendships. I am a kind and loving person. I am a great mother and a damn good friend anyone would be lucky to have.
I will never trust or love another man as long as I live and I am ok with that. My children need me and I will fight to find my way back to the person I see in this beautiful photograph. I gave of myself more than I could afford to give to people that did not appreciate or deserve it and now it's time to give back to myself. This makeover was the 1st step in doing that. Thank you Nicole and Sarah for reminding me that I am beautiful, inside and out and that I deserve peace and happiness in my life.
All my love and gratitude,
Something magical happened....three artists collaborated to create this Boho bride inspired photo shoot
The days of vintage weddings are coming to an end...we see Boho glamour making its way through
And we LOVE itRead More
It took me 2 years to book my session after seeing a friend's photos. I wished I'd booked it sooner!Read More
Dear Sarah and Mandy
So firstly I need to give you big thank you kisses!!
I had THE BEST time on the Friday, I was on cloud 9 for a good two weeks after! I have repeated this phrase to all of my friends “I have never felt this attractive or sexy in my whole life”. I had so much fun, loved having my make up done I wish I could have Mandy in my pocket at all times! I didn’t care what I was wearing as Mandy was creating my hair in amazing curls, I think I was in love with my o...wn hair!Read More
Once you have had the most amazing makeover portrait session here at Red Shoe in Chester UK, you will be invited back into the studio to see all of your 25 fully edited images in
"What can I say about my Red Shoe experience, apart from it was fucking amazing!!??
Red Shoe came to my attention last year when a couple of my photographer friends showed me the photos they'd had taken by Sarah and I thought they were bloody gorgeous! I really wanted to have a shoot but kept putting it off as I was busy with work and I wanted to lose some weight and blah blah blah!
But, after a roller-coaster of a year and with my 40th approaching I decided to do it as an early birthday present to myself, to mark this milestone and to celebrate everything I've achieved so far in my life.
I can't tell you how excited I was for the shoot!
Mandy made me feel totally at ease straight away as she started to work her make-up magic on me, she made me look amazing!
And then Sarah, well Sarah made me feel like I was the most beautiful woman that ever walked the earth!
I'm not used to having my photo taken, it's usually me doing the shooting but honestly, I did not want it to end! Afterwards I literally skipped out of the studio and sang in the car all the way home, I felt like I was on cloud 9!
Mandy, Sarah, I can't thank you enough for how you made me feel that day and every day since! I'm now going to hit 40 feeling fabulous"Read More
"My Red Shoe experience was also about practising what I preach. My passion is to empower others to believe in themselves. I am a relationship counsellor, confidence coach, speaker and author. I have worked for more than 10 years with people of all ages and from all walks of life who are struggling with life’s circumstances, perhaps relationship breakdown, stress or anxiety"Read More
Ideas' become things….
Thoughts' become a tangible reality…
You just have to believe ….
“Through the looking glass”Read More
I believe in you…..
I believe with all of my heart and soul in you.
I know I don’t know you….we never may meet for a coffee….we may never talk to each other
But I believe in you…Read More
What started as spreading the love for photographing woman, has now turned into a pure love in talking to other photographers about THEIR voice...about how nobody else can photograph in the way that they do..
That each photographer is unique
That you should find what makes you jump out of bed each morning...even if it is to photograph a bowl of fruit....if it puts fire into your belly then photograph it..
That each photographer has a voice....and we talk about that....we go into that after the workshop. We talk about it in our little Facebook group...that I send emails every week afterwards encouraging them to find their voice
And that moment they find their voice is beautiful to see.Read More
New Photographers Workshop Date.....Read More
I could tell you about why this little piece of home is called Red Shoe...
I could tell you about the moment I knew I was in love with female portraiture...
I could tell you of the beauty and wonder I see in each and every woman I photograph......
I could tell you the moment I found joy in #tellingtheirstories
I could tell you that this Red Shoe girl is more fearless than she will ever know.
But what I want the most?
Is to hear you….just you.
I want to feature more voices on my blog…I want to be the platform for your voice. You can talk about anything you wish, in your own words, you can have your name printed or be anonymous.
Inspired by you my beautiful Red Shoe Girls, inspired by you telling it all and accepting yourself for who you are right now, I am now accepting written submissions for #TellingTheirStories at Red Shoe
Sarah xxRead More
Inspired by you my beautiful Red Shoe Girls, inspired by you telling it all and accepting yourself for who you are right now, I am now accepting written submissions for #TellingTheirStories at Red ShoeRead More
At the beginning of the year, inspired by all of the beautiful women I photograph, who pour their stories along-side the images captured...I wanted to create three editorial photo shoots...and this is my 1st simply called "the Beach shoot"Read More
What made this whole new experience so easy for me, was the beautiful, inspiring group of women I had in front of me....each so individual, each woman had her own reason to be at this workshop....the nerves dispersed and was replaced by the pure excitement of what this group of girls wanted to learn and experience..Read More
"To those of you like me who never feel thin enough, pretty enough, confident enough then Red Shoe is a must. It gives you such a long lasting boost once you see the images that the talented Sarah produces. You think could that actually be little ol me!!!!Read More
When you feel blessed to have met and photographed a woman so strong, that meeting her has had such an impact you will carry the experience in your soul for always... .wait until you read her story, wait until you see her images...Read More
Maybe we should go back a few steps and ask
what is boudoir photography?
When I think of boudoir, I think of boobs and bum shots, stockings and suspenders.
I will hold my hands up and say that when I started playing with the idea of red shoe I did try these kind of shots….but they never sat well with me..
They didn’t feel right
I wanted to photograph woman, but there was not anything out there that inspired me…
Why does a woman have to wear really uncomfortable underwear and put her legs in the air to be called sexy? Is that what sexy is…?
I didn’t think so!
I think every woman is beautiful….just as she is. I think being sexy/beautiful is you just being you…just as you are right now.
Every single woman I have met will hate something about herself
Shows too much gum when she smiles
If I had a penny for every time I was told “oooo I would love to do a red shoe….but I am just not brave enough” I would be off the coast of Barbados sipping cocktails…
Because the mass idea on the market is that women should dress up and squeeze into stockings to feel stupid in the process and dare for a second that they could be beautiful? This will then make them sexy
Not going to happen..
Not on my watch….
This is not boudoir
This is about you embracing yourself for all your unique quirks
This is about you being comfortable and happy in your own skin
This is about you just as you are
This is you finally sticking the middle finger to that voice in your head that tells you every
That you need to lose weight to be happy
That your stomach needs to be flatter
Your hair needs to be fuller
That you need to be kinder and more loving to everyone else
And do not complain about yourself
Nope….no one wants to hear how you are struggling
Just smile and make it easier for everyone else.
And all the while forgetting…
You are woman
You are more powerful and fearless then you will ever know
This is not boudoir….
I would never put you into that horrible box and tell you
“There you are….you did a boudoir shoot….now you are sexy…tra-dah”
No I am not going to do that to you…
I want to photograph you because I believe with all my heart…
That if you give a girl the right shoes she can conquer the world