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It was so lovely to meet Michelle and her daughter Alex for their YouDeserveThis Makeover Photo-shoot. We asked Michelle to share her thoughts and feelings about their experience:
“My daughter Alex and I enjoyed a day with Michelle, Charlie and Katy at YouDeserveThis, as part of her 13th birthday celebrations. As a foster family, with three biological children and two foster children we are a busy bunch, and time one to one is precious – we make the most of every second – and YouDeserveThis was absolutely perfect for this reason.
A gorgeous pamper day for Mum and Daughter.
We felt absolutely amazing from the second Michelle and Charlie contacted us to go through what we would need until right now, every time we look at our pictures the memories of how special we felt come flooding back. The preparation was incredible – I am a larger lady and, although I have recently lost a few stone, I am quite shy naturally, and worried about how I look in photographs (luckily Alex still has all the confidence of youth and was simply excited from the second she knew what was happening)!
Michelle and Charlie emailed, skyped and phoned with lists of what to think about, what to bring, even a PDF about what jewellery went with which neckline so, we were well prepared and felt very excited on the day. As we arrived we were greeted like friends and immediately felt at ease, and like princesses!
Alex and I had our hair and make up done by Katy, which was a marvellous experience. When I looked in the mirror I felt that I looked exactly like me but, oddly, completely different as well. Katy captured everything that I like about my face and minimised the rest (I only had one chin after my makeover)!! I felt that I looked beautiful.
When I first saw Alex after her makeover, I was speechless and tears threatened my own make up! I couldn’t believe that this was my little girl, looking so grown up and absolutely beautiful. Katy had maintained Alex’s youthful look with dignity and compassion, but given her a real experience of how make up can enhance natural beauty and even her personality was mirrored – the make up was perfect.
Relax, we will pose and direct you throughout your photoshoot, right down to your expression - "We know what beautiful looks like and how to bring a woman's beauty to the fore and capture it."
“Our photo shoot was everything we had hoped for and more, and not at all like I had imagined. I was worried I’d feel fat and look uncomfortable (and I probably did for a little while) but watching Charlie demonstrate the poses I was to try was simply hilarious and put me at ease. We had an amazing time, trying on clothes, switching backgrounds, touching up make up and rearranging hair, it was great.
Alex had such a fun time, she was at ease all the time and Charlie has captured her personality perfectly. We have the most amazing picture of her holding a hat on her head, it’s my favourite of the whole day, and is a perfect picture to demonstrate our day. It is fun, and Alex looks completely at ease and beautiful – the whole purpose of our day.”
Elegant portraits of Mum and Daughter to treasure.
“When I first saw our photographs – I sat and cried. In fact, remembering that day is bringing tears to my eyes as I write this. To have been so afraid of the camera for decades, worrying about each and every picture, opening those photographs was a big step. When I saw how beautiful Katy had made me look and how composed and confident I look in the photos so expertly taken and how the clothes and jewellery fit so perfectly, was incredible.
My baby girl, who works so hard at home to help children who come to stay with us feel welcome and whose kindness and thoughtfulness is often commented on at school, looked like a princess – her pictures are all I could have ever have wanted and more. She loves them, and says it was the best birthday surprise ever.”
“I would wholeheartedly recommend YouDeserveThis to anyone who is looking for a creative, fun, professional and amazing experience for any occasion. We had the most incredible day, and have a lifetime to enjoy the memories in such amazing photographs.”