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Welcome to The Starlet Suite! As you can see from the photos, it’s not your ordinary ‘pin up makeover’ shoot. I looove natural light and avoid using anything but! This helps us create some really beautiful, flattering, and cinematic images full of glamour! Natural lighting teamed with the authentic setting of our venue here in the East Midlands makes for such a lovely combination of realness to the photos. Our whole ethos behind the shoot is to be able to offer something completely unique to our clients unlike any other makeover shoots currently out there. There’s no scary intense and formal studio, or big lights shining in your eyes, it’s simply being in this wonderful environment and being made up to look like a real vintage starlet ready for your close up! It’s not about cheesy awkward poses, just looking and feeling like the fabulous women that you are and receiving some gorgeous photographs to hopefully remind you of this every time you see them. It’s all very relaxed with us all being based in one room in the house for styling, sat around a little table with tea and cakes before I take you off to various areas of the location for your session.
Something that really adds to the unique experience of the Starlet Suite is the incredible setting. An authentic vintage home that feels like something straight out of a 60s film set, complete with its own indoor pool, helps our Starlets really feel like old Hollywood movie stars.
On hair and make up I chose two ladies that are pretty much the best in their field and well educated on all things vintage! I knew that they’d make our clients feel a million dollars. Our styling team consists of the super talented, Sarah Bloor of local vintage hairstyling business Pin Up Curl from Derby www.pinupcurl.co.uk and Bethany Jane Davies of Manchester’s The Vintage Beauty Parlour www.bethanyjanedavies.com
Award winning vintage hair stylist Sarah Bloor runs her own business out of the city of Derby, Pin Up Curl. Recently featuring on the BBC television series, ‘Hair’, Sarah specialises in the style of the golden age and regularly brings her vintage specialist hair knowledge to the styling of performers, brides, and private clients.
Sarah also designs and sells her own range of hairwear products from hair flowers to fascinators, some of which you can accessorise with (and purchase if you wish!) at our shoots.
Bethany Jane Davies, is a National Award winning hair and make-up artist, most recently winning The National Vintage Award for Best Beauty and Grooming Business in 2015-16. She is also a published author on vintage hair and make-up, and a regular commentator on video, radio, print and social media. An accomplished business woman, Bethany is the owner and director of The Vintage Beauty Parlour.
Known primarily for her work with burlesque artists, celebrities, film/TV producers, and corporate clients, Bethany specialises in working with those seeking their own slice of vintage glamour.
Before and After Gallery
For a full makeover, and your shoot session, plus 5 edited watermark free images the price to book is £265, with the option to purchase prints/additional digital files after the shoot. Previous Starlets are entitled to a 15% discount should they wish to join the experience again!
Your full appointment including the makeover and shoot will last around 2 and a half hours and we have appointments available through the morning to late afternoon. We try our best to accommodate peoples requests if they have a preference for a morning/early afternoon/or late afternoon session.
(We do also have 2 shoot only spaces for models looking to take part that are confident in doing their own hair and make up, these spaces are £175.)
The location is a fabulous private home in Nottinghamshire, the details of which will be given to you on booking.
“The makeover and photoshoot with Becky and the team was amazing. There was a lovely atmosphere at the venue – tea, biscuits and chit-chat were flowing. Everyone was really friendly and the makeover team were really helpful in deciding what worked (and what didn’t) for me. I felt very safe in their hands. Becky was great, she gave me excellent direction, telling how to pose, where my arms/hands/head/etc should be, all helping me get the best photos. When the previews came through I was thrilled. I am my own biggest critic, but I genuinely found it difficult to narrow it down. So many amazing photos! I’ve done a number of the makeover/photoshoot days and this was hands down my favourite experience. I would highly recommend Becky and her team to anyone wanting to do a more glamorous vintage shoot. You won’t be disappointed. Just make sure that you’ve got something fabulous lined up for the evening afterwards so that you can show off your amazing look!”
“The experience was what I expected and more, I knew the day would be good. I trusted you to do your usual excellent work. I was just worried that I’d hate myself in the photos… but I needn’t have been concerned. The photos were fab! The venue was great and I found it with no problems. Hair and make up was great. In particular I liked that Sarah tried a style and was honest when she thought it didn’t work for me, so did something else”
“Such an amazing day! I would highly recommend Becky and the team to anyone wanting to do a makeover shoot. I absolutely LOVE my photos. Thank you for making me feel and look so glam!”
“I can’t recommend the Starlet Suite highly enough! Due to the obvious skill of Becky, Bethany and Sarah, the friendly advice about styling and the comfortable atmosphere they create on the day, I would definitely do this again.
If any part of you has ever wanted to try it then you absolutely must, because any doubt you have will disappear as soon as you arrive and meet the wonderful women who have created the experience. The location was incredible and a wonderful part of the experience. Hair styling, make up and photography was professional and friendly, I wasn’t intimidated at all which I fully expected to be having never done something like this.
I utterly LOVE my photos!”
“The shoot location is reminiscent of an American film set and I felt like a vintage film star. Make-up and hair skilfully and beautifully done with a warm and friendly atmosphere. Becky is effortlessly professional and a naturally talented photographer, knowing how to capture your best features. I instantly felt at ease. The experience was even more than I expected it to be. I’ve never felt I’m very photogenic before so thank you for taking such wonderful photos of me. Everything about the whole day was brilliant, it is now firmly etched into my happy memory bank!”
“I think all of the ladies from the shoot look like film stars. I have never felt like I am very ‘photogenic’ before so thank you for taking such wonderful pictures of me”
“As a mummy of 2 boys aged 3 years and 4 months, I haven’t recently had much time to spend on myself, and certainly haven’t felt particularly glamorous. So, I was super excited to find out I had won a place on the 2nd make over and photo shoot by the girls, especially after seeing the amazing photos from the 1st. It’s such a lovely luxurious experience getting you hair and make up done by professionals, and Sarah and Bethany did a wonderful job making us all look amazing! As someone who doesn’t consider herself particularly photogenic, I had been a little nervous of the photo shoot itself, but Becky was so lovely making me feel comfortable and helping with directions as to how to pose for the best pics. We did lots of different shots in varying places in the amazing house where the shoot is set, and I couldn’t be happier with the resulting pictures! What a lovely experience!! Would recommend it to anyone!”
“My boudoir shoot was amazing. Becky is friendly and approachable. She makes you feel at ease and relaxed throughout the shoot. I was terrified before the shoot, but was soon made to feel beautiful. With hair, make up and surrounded by lovely compliments I felt amazing. This experience gave me a huge boost in confidence. I would recommend it to anyone you doubts their beauty/body. You won’t after this. There were so many beautiful pictures I bought extras!”