Months ago after I had finished my degree, I started to brainstorm what I could possibly do as a treat for my 21stbirthday and for finishing my degree. I racked my brain for a while and remembering I had previously looked on Alt-Studio, a Manchester based photography business who specialise in Pin-up, Burlesque, Boudoir, Vintage and Tattoo shoots I knew I had to book my place.
I paid a £30 deposit which was redeemable on photos at the end which was perfect and a very reasonable price to pay to secure my day. To be honest for a month or two I almost forgot about my nerves and I used Pinterest to help me create mood boards of what look I wanted to create. I absolutely adore the Vintage look and I usually dress vintage a lot of the time which meant my wardrobe was already set for the big day.
The week of my photo-shoot finally arrived and photographer Simon Hunt phoned me to discuss my ideas. He really put me at ease before my big day and even mentioned how confident I sounded which meant by the time Friday August 2nd arrived I wasn’t even nervous, I was bursting with excitement.
I also took along my boyfriend on the day as he really helps me relax and was an absolute godsend when I had to change my outfit 5 times. Also, when choosing my photos at the end he helped me decide his favourites too as photo framed presents are always one of my favourites to give him on special occasions.
I emptied my full to the brim case of Vintage clothes and showed Simon and make-up artist Gina the Magnificent what they had to work with. Within 5 minutes I was rushed through to the hair and make-up hot seat where Gina made me look like a Hollywood star. I felt pampered and primed to perfection and for the first time I wore false eyelashes which are now my new found favourite to wear on a night out. Throughout the day I had 3 hair and make- up changes and whilst applying my make –up Gina also gave me tips and products to use if I wanted to re-create the look again which was a lovely extra. Gina made me feel at home and was really chatty which helped my confidence levels before I entered the photo-shoot room.
I was really nervous when I first walked into the room, the lights were shining down and all attention was on me. Simon was a real professional though and helped me to get into posing positions in no time. I was a bit worried my photos wouldn’t look great as I kept blinking a lot throughout the shoot due to my new eyelashes but Simon always made sure he was happy before moving on to the next outfit.
After finishing the shoot, I had an hour to grab some lunch while Simon prepared my photos for me. I was so excited to see the end result and when I walked into the room I was stunned. He made a small video of a good 55 photos from the day. At this stage he told me just to admire the photos and don’t be worried about picking my final few until I was ready. After carefully picking the final 5 I spent around £230 which was worth every penny. Alt Studio offers a range of packages for all budgets and while deciding I was never pressurised into buying extra photos which would go over my budget.
I had such a good time that I am hopefully booking another photo-shoot soon when I get some more money together. It’s such a confidence boosting experience and Alt Studio made my dream come to life.
For all you lovely blogger readers Alt Studio is giving you the chance to win a £30 redeemable voucher towards your very own photo-shoot experience. To enter just comment on this blog post saying why you would love to do a vintage photo-shoot and also follow @MissVintagevibe via Twitter.