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More Than Hair and Makeup: The Value of a Glamour Portrait
This interview was originally posted on SLR Lounge in 2014 by Tonya Goodall Smith, who conducted the interview.
You’re pretty famous among photographers, but for anyone who may not know, tell me about yourself and your brand.
I am a Portrait Photographer specializing in a fashion style of contemporary photography. I offer the experience of an amazing magazine photo shoot with professional hair, make-up and wardrobe styling. That’s how I define my brand, but the personal side for me, after 25 years of doing this, is to take women on a journey of self acceptance and empowerment. To watch them unfold from vulnerability to trust and allow them to see themselves at their most beautiful.
What do you love most about being a photographer?
Women of all ages get to come in to my studio to spend a day of dress up, pampering and fun. Followed by beautiful portraits that they can keep and share. That’s the closest I can think of to the Barbie playing child I was. It’s a mixture of fun and excitement and wonderment for me to watch these women transform to confidence in front of me. It’s part fantasy and a whole lot of Soul. That’s my kind of day.
What’s the biggest challenge you have faced as a photographer and how have you overcome it?
Self doubt and fear crippled me for years. It took me about 15 years to work out. It’s just ego and validation and it’s not about you. You are a service provider. You are a business owner and the sooner you get out of your own way and just start offering great service, it becomes about the client and they are the ones paying you, so it’s a win.
Why is educating other photographers so important to you?
I was told in 1994 that I could not shoot glamour photography any more. It had gone out of fashion, so we changed the name of our studio and shot families and weddings. So for about ten years I kept the glam shoot alive with hair, makeup wardrobe changes, I just modernized it with more natural light and less soft focus. You see, the experience that these women were having was too great to stop doing it, and I loved it more than anything else.
Around 2003, I started my own business. No weddings, no families, just glamour. My goal in my marketing was to change people’s perceptions of glamour photography. I made a bold statement that year. I said “I am going to relaunch glamour photography to the world.” The next step was educating other photographers. Watching this take off has been great.
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