A few weeks ago now I headed up to London one day on the train. When I got there I headed to a nearby apartment, had a glass of prosecco and took my clothes off in front of a man I had never met before.
It sounds so DRAMATIC doesn’t it?? How daring I am.
I say it like that for impact, but that is actually what happened, although it’s not the full story.
The full story is that I took part in a body confidence photoshoot with Merv, the man behind the camera at You at Yours. Merv sells himself as a boudoir photographer because, he told me, it’s what people understand, but his shoots are about WAY more than standing in your pants against a cheesy background trying to look sexy.
A lot of the traditional boudoir photography shoots are about creating a glamorous, photoshopped version of you that isn’t real. Think 1960s Star Trek with Vaseline smeared on the camera lens every time we turn to look at Kirk’s love interest. What’s the point though of that though if every time you look back at the photos you’re just thinking ‘if only I could look like that all the time!’
With the photos from a You at Yours shoot you just see yourself.
I love them all, but not because I think Merv has turned me into some smoking hot boudoir model, but because I look like ME. (Apart from the gorgeous hair!) Part of the process of loving your own body is just looking at it isn’t it? Just being IN it, having fun, accepting every bit of it, dimpled and stretched as it may be.
Merv got to know me and he brought out bits of me that people might not normally realise are there. (And I’m talking emotionally guys, not just boobs.) He made me feel comfortable, he got me thinking confident and sexy thoughts, he made me feel good in my own skin.
I loved how Mervyn made me feel about myself and just how FUN it was.
Win your own You and Yours photoshoot worth
If this has got you thinking you might fancy your own body confidence photoshoot then you are in luck my friend, as Merv has very kindly offered me a shoot to giveaway. The prize includes a photoshoot at a plush London apartment, professional hair and makeup, all the posing AND 10 incredible images to keep forever. It’s worth £1,200 altogether – it’s a really incredible prize!
There will also be 20 runners up prizes of £100 gift vouchers that you can put towards a You at Yours shoot, so get on and enter, you’ve got nothing to lose! You can enter just for you, nominate a friend, or both!
To be in with a chance to win, first you’ll need to take Mervyn’s short quiz below, just to find out a bit more about what you’d be looking for from your shoot. Once you’ve done that, complete as many of the entries in the Gleam widget below as you can. You have to complete the form and do AT LEAST ONE from the widget to enter.
Let’s start with the form…
All done? Excellent! Now complete the entries below – the more you do, the better your chances of winning!
The competition will close at 11.59pm on November 25th 2021 and a winner will be chose at random and notified via email. Full T&Cs apply. Travel to London is not included, but for a prize this good it’s worth a day out right?