My name is Olivia Seed, current Miss Lancashire and this is my Miss England Beach Beauty round photoshoot.
Andy is a photographer I have known for approximately 5 years now, I’d call him a friend and his during previous shoots his guidance reassures me.
For this reason it was Andy I asked to take the photographs for the Miss England Finals “Beach Beauty” round.
I, alike many women, don’t feel comfortable in next to nothing being judged on our bodies, physique and genetics that we cannot help but instead of shying away I decided to try.
I knew that I needed to grow confidence behind the camera and so that is what I did – I just pushed myself further.
The Beach beauty round selects a candidate who can represent a brand the most effectively, who can demonstrate healthy body and promote a bikini in the best way to the market.
I am a believer in positive self body image. I work-out, I cheerlead, I walk a lot and take pride in keeping fit and healthy. I don’t count every calorie or deny the odd takeaway but I do feed my brain and body what it needs to maintain a healthy intake. Plus, I love fruit and veg – which always helps.
We found an amazing location for the bikini shoot, the Double Tree Hilton Liverpool – Eforea Spa. It was incredible! So relaxing, a beautiful pool and lovely staff!
We started with some full length shots wearing a black strapless bikini in the Jaquzzi. Then I swapped outfits to a white halter-neck swimsuit and we did a few shots relaxing on the sun loungers.
After lounging about for a while we moved to the mezzanine level over the pool which was stunning and I changed into a black cut-away swimsuit.
Next came the fun shots! I took the plunge into the pool whilst Andy directed me on poses. We shot in the shallow end first and then ended the shoot under the fabulous water fountains.
I am very proud of the images we shot and for the new found confidence I have found in my body.
No matter the outcome of this round, I have gained something. Something that is worth more than a title, more than a judges opinion, but something that will “better” my life. And that’s comfortability and acceptance of my body… Something I want everyone to have.
Liv Seed – Miss Lancashire