Hi, my name is Zoi and I had a photo shoot with Nicola and her team at BYB as a prize I won.
I was extremely nervous and scared and ready to pull out of the shoot. I had become very ill since last October and I had very low feelings and didn't like how my body had changed. I have a stoma but I also have an Intravenous line in my arm to my heart to have medication. I was really nervous that people would see it and judge and find It horrid. I definitely do and thought others would judge nastily.
I had spoken to Nicola to explain my arm and my stoma and asked if they could hide or do angles where It wasn't on show. I know I should be proud of my scars and lines etc as the surgeries and bag saved my life and had made me stronger as a person. But to be able to show my past was something I was really struggling with as of very low self-esteem.
Before the day, the team are there to answer any questions and to give support leading up to the shoot. They explain how the day will go and what you will need to bring.
They are always happy to help guide you to the shoot and best places to park.
Upon arrival I was met and offered a drink, which you really can't say no to. Also welcomed so lovingly, which was a truly wonderful personal touch. They went through the forms and what style etc you was looking for hair and makeup wise. If your stuck then they take the time to run through ideas and suggest different options. Such a lovely supportive team they are.
When my hair and makeup was done it was time to be body confident and flaunt the perfections and scars of who we are.
I was talked through all the positions and asked if there was any type of shoot or angle, I may have thought I may like to do.
All clothed in the first of three outfits I was comfortable and could not wait to start!
During the shoot I got more and more confident and was body and mind strong finding an inner part of me I had not had in over 6 years. I felt amazing and gorgeous and was proud of all of me.
At the end of the shoot I was asked if there was anything, I would like a shot off that we had not done. Of course, I said yes and with how amazing I felt and the large amount of body confidence I had gained during the time there I asked if I could do a topless picture. I am so glad I did as I was over the moon how it looked and that I had come so far from the nervous reck I was at the Start.
Once the shoot was over it was clothes on, and a fantastic afternoon lunch spread put on. If it wasn't for driving, I would have had a glass of bubbly you receive with the package. Not to worry if your dietary needs are a worry, you will be asked before the shoot if there are any allergies or dietary requirements you have.
Once the pictures are ready, you go into a booth to view the pictures and narrow them down. Once you have done this and the ones you like and may want either get emailed or printed.
For the first time in years I could not believe how fabulous I looked and was shocked that I did it and the results was more than worth it. I was honestly stunned as I normally hate seeing myself in pictures. I could not believe I could look so stunning.
During the choosing of pictures i had a heart to heat with Nicola as she is an amazing friend of over a year and very trustworthy and devoted to supporting her friends in any way she can. She is amazing at listening and giving the right outlook on the situation. Being able to talk had got a lot of built up anxiety and weight I was carrying on my shoulders.
So, I chose the photos I really liked and wanted, and they were emailed to me straight away.
I was glowing and felt truly empowered. I really cannot thank the team enough from the moment I booked the shoot to leaving the venue, the amount of truly high-quality customer focus needs be told far and wide.
I especially want to say thank you to Nicola for a fabulous day and for the support. You are such a caring, kind, huge hearted person that gives so much to help and empower all your clients. You are doing remarkable work in helping others and should be proud of all you, your husband and the team do.
I will not forget this day and can't wait to return! Thank you so much for a truly wonderful day. I shall never forget it. 💜