Tell us what you did before image consultancy?
I worked in communications, using writing and design to help people to know, feel or do something different. I’m a writer and designer, however my first career was in the sciences, so I bring both my logical and creative sides my image consultancy work.
What made you choose to become an image consultant? What drew you to it?
My problem-solving abilities and curiosity drew me to this work. I grew up as a tomboy and always wondered what secrets stylish people knew that I didn’t. I had a lot of the same fears and desires that my clients often express. Training with Imogen showed me how to develop my own sense of style and to feel strong, attractive and confident. I love sharing that with other people.
What made you decide that it was time to do your training and take up this new career?
My work in communication and design showed me that presentation speaks volumes. Personal presentation fits into this as well. Now I can help clients with what they want to say when they write or speak, while also making sure they know how to use their appearance to maximise their chances of being heard.
What are you passionate about?
I love getting to know different people. It’s such a gift to be trusted with someone’s personal fears and hopes. It’s satisfying to use my experience in training and communication to help people to build their own understanding so they can keep working on their style long after our session.
Who do you most enjoy working with? How do you love to help them?
Most of my clients are aged 40+, who are in a period of change. I particularly like working with LGBTQI+ people who want to find a look that feels good to them. I love showing people how easy it is to look better and feel better by finding the best colours and styles to wear that suit their life, body and personality.
How does having a good image help people in their lives?
A great image helps people to step out from behind themselves.
When someone is clearer about their personal strengths and values – which is what I think of as a good self image – their personal power is amplified when they dress to express themselves.
How can you help people create a more impactful and relevant image for themselves?
My explanations and drawings empower my clients to continue to create their own style. They see for themselves which colours work and why, which styles look good and which they prefer. Armed with better self-knowledge they can use their appearance to communicate and have impact, or simply to feel great.
Anything else you’d like to tell us?
I see image and colour as part of celebrating everyday beauty. Learning to see the world through a creative lens has brought me a lot of personal satisfaction with small things. I enjoy sharing this perspective with others so they can see their body as a source of joy and creativity, not of dissatisfaction.