Updated: Aug 1, 2019
My BYB Story
How I got to know the incredible BYB team who gave me the confidence I’ve always wanted.
Since I can remember I’ve never liked the way I look, and I’ve always struggled with bullying at school because I was big busted – being tiny never helped and still doesn’t today! Due to the bullying I’ve always covered up and hate any conversation around my bust – I want people to see past that and see me for who I am and not for what I’ve got.
Being a dancer, I have always had battles with costumes, with them not being supportive or covering me up enough. However, the older I’m getting the more I’m just getting on with it and finding a way to feel comfortable in the clothes I must wear. There have been several shows where I have performed in underwear – a HUGE step for me but I did it and for that I am proud of myself.
I kept seeing a friend, Beth post the amazing photos she had done through BYB photography, and I thought I want to do that. Not for anyone, just for myself. I want to find my self confidence and to start loving myself for who I am. After months of seeing these photos, me liking all the facebook posts I put my big girl pants on and applied for a free experience, it was so easy and straight forward. I then got a phone call from Nicola, and what a lovely chat we had. From the moment I spoke to Nicola on the phone to arriving at the studio, I felt like I had known her for years. Real people doing what they love made me more excited to give it ago.
Just like that it was photoshoot day – I woke feeling a mixed of emotions from excited to extremely nervous as I didn’t know what to expect. So, I arrived and was greeted as soon as I walked through the door and the atmosphere was instantly relaxing which made me feel better. Nicola poured me a glass of wine to calm my nerves as I filled in my forms and chose what sort of shoot, I wanted. I liked the fact that I could choose what I wanted done with my hair, makeup, how many outfits I wanted to use, what style I wanted to what sort of edits too. Everything was what I wanted which made me feel in control of the experience. I went for a 1950 style look – classy yet sexy feel, and Maz worked her magic and I loved my hair and makeup, it was just what I wanted. Once I was ready it was time to go into the studio and get started on my shoot. David my photographer was absolutely brilliant, he made me feel so comfortable and so relaxed which made the shoot more enjoyable. The whole experience was amazing, and I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I was going to.
The most mind-blowing and emotional part of this whole experience was when I got to look through my photos and actually liking, in fact LOVING all of the images. After years and years of having dance photos taken and not liking any of them, it was unbelievable for me to like 1 photo let alone over 80!! For me to feel that way about myself was very very rare for me, but thanks to the BYB team they have transformed my self-confidence and I feel like a new person. I can’t thank them all enough for giving not just me but all their clients the chance to feel amazing, look amazing and really find that confidence.
BYB is an amazing company, who live by what they believe and that’s empowering everyone around them. Helping them find their self-love and self-confidence to then help them feel completely differently about themselves, and for that I thank them so much.
Here’s to a future full of empowering others!