Ladies, if you’ve never had a Red Shoe Makeover then I urge you to get one booked, because it’s something that EVERY women should do. Fact.
Here’s my story…
I first heard about Red Shoe when my sister had her photo shoot a few years ago, she couldn’t praise the whole experience enough and WOW, her pics are amazing. As soon as I saw them I knew I wanted to be a Red Shoe Girl but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it at the time.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a ‘selfie’ kinda gal but only when my face (or more specifically, mouth) on that selfie is pulling tongues, doing some sort of awkward mouth closed side smile or got a drink or something held in front of it. After hearing “What’s wrong with your teeth” or “have you thought about braces” more times than I can count, letting them take over a picture is a big no go. I find myself over analysing every single photograph of me, at one point I even downloaded an app so that I could patch up my mouth in pictures where there may have been a little bit of tooth sticking out, so why would I want to let these bad boys showcase themselves in a full on shoot!?
However, after much persuasion from the big sis, I finally plucked up the courage to just go for it and booked in for a Red Shoe makeover & shoot.
So what happens on the day?
Arriving at the studio, I was so nervous and wondering why the heck I had decided that this was a good thing to do. However, all of that changed as soon as I was greeted by the gorgeous Sarah (your photographer) and Nicole (your make up artist), these ladies are THE most lovely people you could ever meet and I instantly felt like I had known them for years. After a brew and chat, I got into the make up chair for Nicole to work her magic whilst Sarah looked through the outfits I had brought with me (don’t worry, Sarah will send you all the information you need to know about what to take on the day).
Nicole started off by curling my hair, before moving onto my make up. Anybody who knows me will know that I don’t wear a lot of make up. As long as I have my concealer and my mascara, I’m happy! So I was anxious about having too much on my face, when Nicole came towards me with false lashes, I thought “eek” but you know what I absolutely LOVED them; I loved the whole look that Nicole had somehow managed to give MY face!
Once my make over was complete, I headed into the studio to talk through the outfit choices which Sarah had picked out for me. For my particular shoot (I had the mini shoot), Sarah wanted four different looks (this varies depending on which shoot you book). She went for a blue and white stripy shirt, a denim dungaree dress, a cream wool cardigan and a ‘little black dress’, which she accessorised with various bracelets etc.
Once in my first outfit, I was ready to go but before the shoot started Sarah gave me a lesson in how to pose. She made it look so easy. At first I was thinking “how am I going to do that?” but by the end of the shoot, I was acting like Kate Moss! When Sarah first started snapping the camera I felt so awkward, but it really didn’t take long for me to feel comfortable and start enjoying myself and this is all down to Sarah – she really is a super human being. Throughout the shoot, she was so complimentary and reassuring, she just has this way of making you relax and feel like a million dollars. We chatted throughout the shoot and I instantly connected with her, I somehow found myself telling her all my worries and feelings and she just knew what to say and how to help.
By the end of the session, I just didn’t want it to be over, I was feeling the most confident I had ever felt, I was even starting to believe that my teeth really aren’t that bad (something I never thought would happen). I’ve always believed that my wonky teeth are the first thing that people notice about me, and don’t get me wrong, a small part of me still does, but after talking to Sarah and listening to her tell me that people will “notice my lovely smile or my big eyes” – I actually feel so much better about them.
Before I show you my final pics, I just want to say that having this shoot and talking to Sarah and Nicole has made me realise that there is so much more to life then my teeth. For the first time ever, I’m actually starting not to care about them or care what other people think about them. I have this new found confidence and I’m ready to #EmbraceTheGap. I’ve never been confident, I’ve never thought I’m beautiful but you know what, I now realise that my face really isn’t that bad.
So to you gorgeous ladies out there who think you’re “ugly” or that your teeth are “wonky” then fight those fears & get a shoot booked. Trust me, it’ll be one of the best things you ever do. Thank you so much to the three gorgeous ladies behind Red Shoe, Sarah, Nicole & Mandy for letting me chat your ears off. I literally cannot thank you enough & I can’t wait to do the whole experience all over again.