Sarah Bloor

The Starlet Suite – vintage makeover photoshoots

This year I decided it was time to stop procrastinating and just do things. I’ve been putting off writing a blog for far too long, with excuses such as “It’s on my list”, “I don’t have time, or “I’m getting round to it”. Which  is odd for me as I’m a chatty, excitable soul that likes to talk to people about things I’ve done, seen and discovered. So in the name of getting the hell on with it, here I am!

Where better to start than with The Starlet Suite, vintage makeover photoshoots I’ve been lucky enough, and extremely excited about, to be involved with. It began with a chance conversation with my friend and rather talented photographer, Becky from Becky Ryan Photography. We were dreaming about makeover shoots that offered something different to others on the market. Not to say that they aren’t fantastic, they are, but we knew we wanted to offer alternative vintage makeover photoshoots. To us that started with the location, our shared admiration of retro and vintage, and Becky’s love of natural light. She found THE most amazing venue and after visiting it together we just knew it was the one.

Straight out of 60’s James Bond, or America’s Palm Springs it even had a pool!

The next step was to find our make up artist – Bethany Jane Davies of The Vintage  Beauty Parlour fame fell in love with the idea and venue – our team was complete. August last year saw our first vintage makeover photoshoot and the beginning of  The Starlet Suite.

Vintage hairstylist Derby

Yours Truly

Alternative wedding photography Derbyshire


Vintage hair and makeup artist


Our aim was to provide a fun, relaxing and confidence boosting experience, complete with music, tea and biscuits, with much chatter and laughter. The venue is actually a family home, built in 1968, with the fittings all untouched so as to retain the original look and feel. Let me tell you, we all wanted to move in, and had serious retro homeware envy!

Here’s some of the ladies Bethany and I transformed for Becky to encourage out that inner starlet we all have in there somewhere…

The Starlet Suite Vintage makeover photoshoots
The Starlet Suite Vintage makeover photoshoots
The Starlet Suite Vintage makeover photoshoots

Vintage makeover photoshoots

We did it all again in January this year, and enjoyed it just as much…

Here’s what some of our gorgeous pin ups had to say…

“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!”
“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!”

“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!”

Our next event takes place in Summer 2017 on June 17th. For more information and more amazing images take a look at The Scarlet Suite page and register your interest here. Hope to see some of you there!

See you soon!

Sarah xx