Release your inner goddess!
Win a glam makeover, photoshoot and mounted photo from Bath's Divine Divas worth £100!
This is me on an ordinary day in the office. Yeah, right. OK, this is me after a session in the magical hands of the Divine Divas, Bath’s super talented boudoir photographers. Fancy a go yourself? We’ve got five makeovers and photo shoots to give away – and a mounted print as well.
Jo and the team will bring out your inner diva, accentuating your natural shape and beauty – whatever your size or age – to create stunning, sensual images.
Up at their studio in a converted chapel in Bath, the transformation begins with a glass of fizz and a professional make up and hair styling. The shoot is just you and the photographer, who’ll quickly put you at your ease (you don’t have to be an exhibitionist to do this). Bring your own lingerie, clothes and props (jewellery? a hat?). Reveal as little or as much as you like.
Later, you’ll enjoy a private screening of all your images (they take loads) to choose your favourite shots, which are available as digital files, prints, albums, framed photos, in a treasure box or contemporary acrylic art blocks – an unforgettable gift for a partner (Valentine’s Day is coming up, just saying.)
You don’t have to be super confident (but it will give you a huge boost), it’s really fun to do and we promise you’ll be blown away by the results. Don’t believe us? Read on ….
MUDDY’S MAGICAL MAKEOVER
Bet you didn’t know I was this gorgeous. I didn’t either until I spent a couple of hours at Divine Divas, Bath’s brilliant boudoir photographers, at their studio in a converted Methodist Chapel in Bath. It really is the ultimate makeover. You look fabulous, feel fabulous – and it’s so fun!
I’ll be honest. I’m no spring chicken, I’ve got more than a bit of a tum and my whirl of school runs, home stuff, dealing with teens, leaves me feeling knackered; I’m mum, cook, cleaner, driver, peacemaker – never me. Sound familiar, give or take a school run? Turns out I’m perfect Divine Divas material. Jo, husband Neill and the rest of the team promise to bring out your inner diva to create beautiful, sensual images whatever your shape, size or age.
Just so you can see what they had to work with, here’s my before pic.
When you arrive, you have a chat about the sort of thing you want, and then it’s over to super-talented make up artist and hairdresser Harriet to start the transformation. You can go subtle or full-on vamp.
It’s just you and the photographer, no one else is allowed on set. Neill was my photographer but Emilie and Jesse are available if you’d feel more comfortable with a woman.
The sets – all white like you see on TV, all black (for sexy silhouette shots), with a velvet chaise longue and Hollywood-style bed with satin sheets, silky throws and sparkly pillows and those big, professional tripod lights – create a frisson of excitement.
As many clothes on or off as you like (bare all if you want). It’s what’s comfortable for you and a totally personal experience. You can bring up to three changes of clothes – sexy underwear (obvs), vintage stuff, or just a big white shirt – whatever makes you feel good. Bare legs or stockings; high heels (hello Muddy Stilettos) or high boots. Dress up with jewellery, masks, fans, hats; bring something with special significance for you or your partner. They’ve got some clobber you can have fun with too.
I’ve never been one to let it all hang out (hell, I even gave birth almost fully clothed) and was nervous initially but Neill quickly makes you feel relaxed and comfortable. The glass of fizz helps, too. If you know what you want to do – go girl! If not, Neill suggests positions and movements which feel natural, gently guiding and encouraging. As the shoot progresses, I started to lose my inhibitions and didn’t want the session to end. It’s pretty addictive stuff.
A week or so after your shoot, you return to view your images – a digital slide show with dozens and dozens of stunning photos on a large flat screen TV in a private screening room. Divine Divas do a first edit leaving the final choice of images up to you. They were a-mazing. Still me but a beautiful, sensual version of me. It was a bit of an emotional moment.
Looking like a perfume ad…
Models One, come in…
Once you’ve selected your images, you decide whether you want digital files, prints, album or wall art and the images are whisked away for some final skin-smoothing retouching. A few weeks later, they’re all yours.
We’ve got FIVE Divine Divas experiences to give away, which includes the fizz, makeover and photo session plus a 5″ x 7″ mounted print, to give away to FIVE lucky readers…
Will one of them be YOU?
All you have to do is email your name to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be picking FIVE (yes FIVE!) names at random on Thurs 14 Feb. The prizes must be redeemed within three months.
Go on, you know you want to…