The 1st Red Shoe girl of 2016...and what a photo shoot! Susan booked into my mini shoot session that I am offering for between now and March of this year ♥ and I just loved every moment with her....and my these words!!!!
Where to start..... I’ve thought about doing a Red shoe shoot for ages, but to be honest (like I am sure most women who do it think!) I didn’t think it possible to make ME over.
I’m the least confident person I know, and the past two years have knocked my confidence right on its ass! I’ve got an Auto immune disease, which amongst a long list of ailments messes with my metabolism (gained 3 stone!), periodically makes my lashes and brows fall out (meh!), gives me mood swings. Add in a second near death experience in my life, and turning 40 last year and you get the picture........I felt less like a woman than ever.
I saw that Red Shoe where offering a mini shoot for the new year, good option I thought as I believed Sarah would struggle to get 5 half decent shots of me.
I have never been so scared in my life on the day and truthfully the week leading up to it; I don’t know how I managed to get through the door! But I did and it was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.
Greeted by the beautiful Mandy, she could tell how nervous I was and put me at ease within minutes. She was faced with my massive, unruly, frizz fest of a head of hair and I honestly thought she had met her match. She worked her magic, and I was truly astonished. In my 40 years on this planet my hair never looked so good. Next came the make-up and honestly me jaw dropped, Mandy is truly gifted, I’ve never looked so good in my life.
Sarah was amazing, complimenting me on my choice of outfit, she made me relax, she made me laugh and the more encouraging she was the more I just let go. I can’t tell you how important it was to me to hear her comments and feedback, she made me feel amazing and for that I will love her forever.
Confidence boost result: immediate! Drove home in my new underwear, new confidence new me and met my husband........his jaw dropped. Kids not home for an hour so........ WITH THE LIGHT ON!!
When I give him the images on Valentine’s Day he will have his own memories to connect to the images too ....
I never expected to be so overwhelmed by the images I received, but I cried happy tears for hours. What an amazing team you make, and I cant wait to book in for the full session soon.
To sum it up, one of my favourite poems by Maya Angelou is Phenomenal Woman. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to read these words and really believe them, well thanks to Sarah and Mandy I do..
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman