CHARMAINE, MIKE and POPPY
Heading to the studio at Hazel Blake Photography with my partner and daughter I was excited at the idea of getting some images to capture my pregnancy but I was also really anxious due to low self-esteem. I quickly found that my worry was unwarranted and I was in great hands. Hazel’s studio is so private and welcoming that I soon lost myself in the gorgeous big game of dress ups with all the amazing costumes, dresses and accessories available. Knowing I lacked confidence, Hazel softly led the way by directing the shoot which made for a really natural and comfortable setting. The entire experience was so fun and we bonded beautifully both as a couple and together as a family through doing it. When we left, I left all expectations behind and was anticipating my usual critical self-analysis to occur when we saw images but things didn’t go that way at all. We were presented with over 24 beautiful shots that truly took our breath away. They capture my rawness, our happiness, tenderness and the love between in a way that I couldn’t have imagined possible. Hazel captured a beauty that I had otherwise never seen in myself. Looking at these images I feel womanly, strong, vulnerable and beautiful – this is the real gift. We have decided to have all of them as we simply can’t choose between them. Hazel, you are a true artist. You see what it is we wish to see in ourselves and you capture it so beautifully and uniquely. I’d highly recommend any body wanting beautiful photography done to book in with Hazel, talk to her and let her show you your own unique beauty, as I promise you she will do just that.
I have never been the sort of person who likes having their photo taken, maybe because photos can show you how the world sees you instead of how you see yourself. I've had some big changes in my life lately and when I saw Hazel's Unhide Yourself campaign I felt like it was the perfect opportunity for me to challenge the way I've felt and to grow as a person.
Hazel and Jess do a wonderful job at making you feel lovely and cherished for the person you are, and also at showing the world how beautiful you can be. I enjoyed every minute of my photo shoot and can't wait to see my photos. I am still on a high from the fun of the shoot and I'm sure every time I see my photos I'll get the same amazing feeling. Thank you so much for a wonderful day Hazel & Jess.
Thank you Hazel, what a delightful day! It was never my intention to have any photos taken. I had gifted a photo shoot, but they had cancelled so I rang Hazel and said I’m so sorry it’s all off but... what the hell, I will do it instead! Then I started thinking why on earth did I do that? I’m too old & fat for this. Nothing fits me. Oh NO. I found it confronting choosing my clothes, it was like picking daisy petals ... it fits me, it fits me not! which left me with Black, Black or Black? Yep I was a prime candidate for Hazel’s campaign yet I don’t usually feel old or frumpy - life is what it is, right? But I do avoid looking too long in the mirror. So, was I going to back out? No way! Having reached my Vera, Chuck and Dave age, I would have some fun with it!
On photo shoot day I was so nervous, but ready to laugh, enjoy the process and soak up being pampered. I spent a beautiful few hours with Hazel and Jess - I do think I smiled all day Hazel shares her own fun and creativity with you and is so easy-going, you cannot help but be calm as soon as you arrive. And the lovely Jess, naturally gentle and attentive the whole time. Ladies, what a professional experience, so well organised and planned, and in relaxed surroundings. I love the laughter and enthusiasm, it is infectious! I look forward to seeing the final results, I just know it will be awesome and also intriguing!
I've always hated my body shape and spent many years battling it. The last five years have been a struggle with physical and mental health issues that left my self-esteem pretty much shattered. Recently I've turned a corner and realised that regardless of its shape or size this body of mine has sustained me through every challenge.
What I found on Hazel Blake's website was inspiring and motivated me to take a leap of faith to accept who I am. That morning I am not ashamed to admit I was shaking and nervous when I arrived. These two compassionate, caring women, Jess and Hazel helped me relax, laugh and immerse myself in this amazing creative and nurturing experience. I experienced the most self affirming, fulfilling, positive, empowering healing experience with two of the most compassionate individuals (Hazel and Jess). You two have done so much for me, on so many levels, and I will always be grateful. My whole mindset has shifted in wonderful ways, and that's without seeing the photos yet. I left that day floating on air, proud, exultant and absolutely feeling beautiful. "Unhide yourself", it will be worth it.
I thought a shoot with Hazel would be a fun thing to do, as well as to celebrate the person I've become 2 years out from a marriage separation and to give my kids some decent photos of Mum when I'm old and wrinkly that aren't selfies. I'm pretty happy behind a camera and I did say I was up for anything! Nudity? Easy. Undies? Easy. Lots of makeup and a lacy dress? A little more challenging, I'm more commonly seen on Facebook sporting high viz work wear or trail running gear - but hey this is all about uncovering layers of yourself and celebrating yourself as a whole person! It took a little while to get used to being coached into poses, I got used to the yummy snacks quickly enough though and it was great to chat with Hazel and Jess and see how passionate they are about what they do. And Hazel's enthusiasm behind the camera is infectious! I'm really interested to see how these shots turn out (I had trouble recognising myself in the camera display a couple of times) and how Hazel can capture parts of myself that aren't obvious to me but are clearly on show to other people
14 year old Jessica got a gift voucher for a headshot session to kickstart her acting ambitions.
I do things that challenge me I go into acceptance & openness, with no expectation, which helps stop being too nervous.
I thoroughly enjoyed the shoot- you girls are great & made me feel very comfortable.
The title, ‘Unhiding’ really appealed to me. It felt like it was time to do something just for me and this project did just that. Hazel and Jess were professional but also fun and relaxed, and this quickly put me at ease. I particularly enjoyed the theatricality of the shoot done in the Pre-Raphelite style. Having photos done with my little dog was great fun too.
I was intrigued by Hazel’s ‘Unhide Yourself’ campaign and I was so nervous before the day, I had never contemplated anything like this before. I needn’t have worried as it was the most amazing experience I have ever been involved with –playing model for a day - Jessica Holland doing my hair and makeup made me look glamourous, and Hazel was fantastic, so patient and so clever! I can’t wait to see the photos!!
JACQUI & VERITY
Before my special day with Hazel and Jess I felt a little nervous. I'd seen a lot of beautiful work that they'd done so was fairly confident about the result but not sure whether I'd be able to cope with all the costume changes and the long day. I needn't have worried as they both took great care of me to make sure I'd last the distance. It was more taxing being in "poses" than I'd imagined but Hazel was so patient and kind. I can't wait to see the results of the super fun day. I'm sure I will like them as I was already feeling more comfortable with the way I look when I left, confident and cared for. Thank you both.
I have been following Hazel on Facebook for a while now and I really enjoy the playful, creative and beautiful images she creates. When the ‘Unhide Yourself’ project came out it felt like she was talking directly to me. I heard myself say that I wasn’t ready to do something like that and that I am very unphotogenic but something deep inside pushed me to sign up. I can tell you I was way out of my comfort zone. Hazel and Jess made me feel at ease but it took a while for me to relax into the process. For me this is all about self-acceptance. I am who I am and that’s ok - in fact it’s more than ok, it’s exciting.
I felt both excited and nervous about the photo shoot. For myself, and I guess in the spirit of Hazel's "Unhide Yourself" campaign, I had planned to push the edges of my comfort zone a little! Thanks to Hazel and Jess, during the shoot I forgot about any inhibitions I may have had and enjoyed a day of fun, silliness and even a bit of dancing. And of course it was lovely to have a brief visit from my gorgeous boys. Thank you Hazel and Jess, I can't wait to see the results!
Before the shoot, I was intrigued by the idea of presenting myself in new ways. When the shoot finished I was exhausted and overwhelmed with anticipation. When I left the studio I felt totally confident and prepared to unhide myself, without needing to see any shots. I put my faith in you and cant wait to see the results.
Before the shoot, I was really really hoping I wasn’t going to stuff it up and I’m still not sure I could take a good photo The shoot was so much fun and if my confidence shows through I’ll be happy. I didn’t expect to feel confident!
This is a real “model for a day” experience without the pressure of actually being a model! Clothes, hair and makeup are all supplied and you still end up looking like you - just the best looking, most photogenic version of you! Hazel and Jess really do make it fun whilst feeling completely at ease. If you’re thinking of getting photographed, just do it! You won’t look back
Wow what a transformation! I walked into the photo shoot feeling tired, uninspired and overwhelmed, and a little nervous! But straight away I was put at ease and felt welcomed, pampered and understood by Hazel and Jess. What a team! It's such a lovely space Hazel has created; and as I gazed out over the water sipping my coffee and enjoying my hair and makeup being professionally done I started to relax and unwind. Then what fun trying on my outfits and channeling different parts of myself! And with Hazel's direction I found the photo shoot an interesting and freeing exercise. I walked out of there feeling refreshed, confident, pampered and happy. So great to have this time just for me! Thank you so much ladies. Go on give yourself and your family this gift. You're worth it!
JENNY AND SHARON
After following Hazels portrait photography we sisters thought is would be something we'd love to try. The whole experience from start to finish was fabulously amazing and a load of fun. Between Hazel and Jess we were made to feel so comfortable and beautiful. Thank you gorgeous ladies.
I am always the one taking the photos in my family and don’t love seeing photographs of myself. However, I’m approaching 40 and think it would be good to have some photos of myself to look back on when I’m older. Although I was nervous about the shoot, Hazel very quickly put me at ease and the day was a lot of fun. It was a real treat to be able to do this just for myself and also to play dress-ups without the children around! Hazel and Jess are like fairy godmothers - I walked in to the studio my normal, everyday self and they transformed me into a 60’s party girl, Snow White and a goddess from ancient times. Thanks Hazel and Jess for a wonderful day. I can’t wait to see the photos.
"Hazel and Jess made everything easy and fun. I had no idea what I was doing yet we dropped straight in to the experiment of having the camera lens focussed on me. Being in photos is something I seem to avoid yet I dont like missing out either. That was one reason I wanted to push myself into the limelight and have a play. It turned out to be a fabulously feminine mystery tour of fabric & frocks while I allowed my body to be the centre of attention"
Wow what a surprise. I found the studio session an empowering and uplifting process, especially as someone who does not enjoy being photographed. It was a delightfully playful experience and Hazel made it such a welcome and safe space in which to play. The final photographs are stunning and beautifully presented.
Hazel and Jess are exceptional! It's so hard to put the experience into words - such a subtle and deep shift in how I think of myself and my body.
A whole new level of acceptance and love! Many thanks you two x
TANIA and ELIZA
I was so nervous about this photo shoot. I’m so not into posing for photos and staring at cameras. Neither am I into dress-ups and professional make-up. Actually, truth be told, I’m a semi-scruffy, wash ‘n go, just a bit of light make-up in the morning, kind of woman. I did begin to relax a little as I got pampered having my hair styled and make-up applied and chatting with Hazel and her make-up assistant.
At the beginning of the photo-shoot I felt very awkward; like my body wasn’t allowed to flop into its own default slouch and I couldn’t belly-laugh and snort and triple-chin-it as much as my nerves wanted me to. I think Hazel sensed this. Because we had a giggle then a decent laugh and the nerves dissipated and everything seemed to become less serious and imposing for me. I was, after all, there to have a bit of fun and enjoy my beautiful self.
Hazel really made sure this happened. After a couple of outfit changes and various poses I really began to get the hang out of it. It became fun. I played with the camera; got sultry, got sassy, got silly, got shy. I even let hazel know when I’d had enough, didn’t like what I was doing or wanted to try something else. We laughed more. We became a team. A whole lot of me came out to play. And Hazel snapped that camera like crazy. If you’re curious I’d say step over the line, and have a go. I don’t think I could have done this with anybody else. It actually was fun.
CLAIRE (and Jane)
A wonderful day... full of creativity, spontaneity, love, laughter, friendship, adventure and discovery.... Thank you Hazel for this beautiful gift. The day really celebrated for me the diversity of women's experiences, passions, knowledge and strengths as individuals but also the strength and deep connection that can be experienced in uniting together. Thank you Jess for sharing your hair and make up artistry, Jane for your treasured friendship and Hazel for your love, passion and dedication to your craft x We had a ball!
Hope the above is not too long! Really treasure this experience Hazel.... Seeing the photos will be the cherry on top.... Thank you so much for letting us be part of your journey too and for having the courage and drive to follow your dreams and evolve into the artist you aspire to be! Very inspiring!
JANE (and Claire)
I saw Hazel Blake Photography come up on my Facebook news feed & thought I like the sound of the Revealing Your Beauty campaign. Watching the link video bought a tear to my eye but I still didn't act upon it. It wasn't until I was tagged by two other friends I thought 'let's do this' and a very good friend, Claire suggested we go together. You know, safety in numbers! We are both stay at home mums to two children and hardly find time to scratch let alone spend time purely on ourselves. We had THE BEST day with both Hazel and Jess and were at ease from our very first meeting.
I can highly recommend Hazel Blake Photography if you'd like a day to yourself being made up, dressed up and photographed whilst having cups of tea and coffee and nibbles! I have some amazing photos after my photo shoot last week. So happy. Thanks Hazel 😘
“As a woman quite uncomfortable in front of a camera, Hazel and Jess made me feel really relaxed and the day was a lot of fun. I wasn’t nervous at all after the first few minutes. It was a rewarding experience and the photos were lovely. Thanks Hazel.”
Leading up to my photo shoot with Hazel I was excited. However, the night before I felt nervous and unprepared. Hazel and Jess made me feel like a Victoria Secrets Model or a Hollywood Star. They worked together as a truly professional and artistic team. I felt so fortunate to have been a part of Hazel’s creative expression. I look forward to how our vision will come to fruition in post-production.
It is hard to find the words to describe such a wonderful experience at Hazel Blake Photography ! Hazel and Jess were so professional and so caring. I visited Hazel Blake Photography to celebrate that it is five years since my stroke. I still have some difficulties with my speech and understanding the spoken words. Fatigue overwhelms me on many occasions. I was a bit nervous before my visit in case I wouldn't be able to follow instructions and have the stamina to do it. Well it was an amazing experience! Hazel and Jess were so understanding, kind and helpful. It was enormous fun sharing the time with them them both.
Thank you ladies!
A fun photo shoot in a professional, relaxed and discreet atmosphere. Hazel went to great lengths paying attention to detail, to achieve the Game of Thrones look I wanted. I don’t normally like so much attention focused on me, however and Hazel and her hair and makeup lady Jess made me feel quite deserving of the glamour and energy put into getting the photos just right.
I was given the opportunity to something completely terrifying and out of my comfort zone, and e entirely just for me. As a mother of five I know how easy it is to become lost in the label of ‘just mum’ when as women we are so much more. Hazel through her amazing ability to capture what we ourselves don’t see gave me a beautiful gift I will treasure. Thank you so much to Hazel and the wonderful Jess for the magical day that will stay with me forever.
ROIMATA AND DONNA ~ VOCAL DUO 2MAIA
If you ever need some photos just call Hazel Blake and say can you, oh can you be my photographer. 2Maia did a photo shoot and the results are astounding with such a open mind creating from our own ideas. Plenty more business coming you're way.
JOY JANE AND LITTLE ROSE
I had the privilege of being photographed by the very talented Hazel Blake and I am so stoked by the end results!!
I'm not the one normally in front of the camera but behind it, but Hazel made me feel very comfortable and relaxed on the day!! Paired with Jess who worked her magic with my hair and makeup, they make a awesome team!!
The only hard thing about the whole experience is to actually choose which of the photo's you would like to take home with you, as you just love them all! I can totally recommend anyone who are considering to have some beautiful photo's done of themselves to use Hazel, and you will have photo's to last a lifetime!!
Thanks again Hazel xx
I honour and I thank the amazingly talented Hazel Blake and I receive a treasured gift of more than just photography.
I surrendered to the guidance and direction of both Hazel and the beautiful Jessica Holland. Xx
I celebrate my body, my beauty, my pleasure.
What a wondrous day - a professional photo shoot. Pampering and attention. Yummy food including chocolate. Its hard work posing all day. But so delicious to honour myself in this way and be honoured by others. If anyone gets the chance or wants some portrait photos to treasure, fine art photos to admire or sexy photos to honour your sexy self please give Hazel Blake a call and see what she has to offer.
Hazel Blake has created a process that deeply honours the divine feminine and beauty of women.
Her photography is stunning, and the entire experience is deeply luxurious and pampering.
Thank you so much.
As a person who dislikes being photographed I avoid cameras. I usually see my picture and cringe. The result of my portrait session with Hazel was overwhelmingly lovely. Hazel made the whole experience relaxing and fun. Her ability to capture the visual best of her subjects is nothing less than exceptional and her creativity is wonderful.
Hazel has restored my confidence that by being mature is no barrier to the inner light shining through.
Thank you Hazel.
I had a portrait session with Hazel last week and cannot begin to tell you how this experience has made me feel. Firstly, Hazel is a talented artist who made me feel completely at ease in her lovely studio. Now, I'm not a woman who considers herself very feminine or photogenic but under Hazel's warm guidance, I felt like a beautiful woman filled with self-confidence. Even days after the shoot, I'm still floating on positive vibes.
And then the finished pictures! So unbelievably gorgeous! I have fallen in love with every single one and can't wait to show them to everyone I know. Thank you Hazel for a wonderful day full of laughs and inspiring memories. I have never felt better about myself.
If you want a fantastic experience, I highly recommend Hazel Blake!