What Is Glamour Photography?
Glamour photography is, simply put, photography that highlights beauty, sexiness, allure, dazzle, fine lines and even romance. In other words, glamour photography emphasizes drama and all that jazz. In earlier days, glamour photography was the type of photography that touched on all aspects of good taste, of luxury, of divine importance and even of the high life. It’s the type of photography that shows the finer side of things. These days, however, glamour photography is far more risque and most, if not all, of the models are females – all portraying sexually alluring poses. Take note, however, that while a glamour photographer wants the subject to be defined and to be showcased as one very eye catching image, it no longer reaches that point whereby the photo can be considered pornographic.
Glamour shots are staples in portfolios of not only professional and aspiring models but of celebrities, socialites and other prominent members of society as well. They use these photos for various reasons – for business, as work samples, to seek popularity or fame (and be the subject of controversy…a lot of starlets like this idea, apparently), to maintain a certain image or for just private or personal use.
In the case of models, they can use their glamour shots to show how adaptable they can be. It is, after all, very important for a model to have various shots in his or her portfolio in order to prove that they can do good in most, if not all, types of modeling. In the case of aspiring actors or actresses, on the other hand, glamour shots can be their own quick ticket to fame. In fact, it was during the 1940’s – the era of pin-up ladies such as Betty Grable (her pin-up photo in a bathing suit was very popular back then among World War II soldiers) – when the rise of glamour photography started. Perhaps the best example of this would be the sultry and playful Marilyn Monroe who was featured in glamour shots in the December 1953 issue of the very first Playboy Magazine. Needless to say, Marilyn Monroe’s star began to shine ever so brightly after the publication of those glamour photos. Now in the case of socialities and party animals, they like having glamour shots taken because these can help maintain their “image” in society. Since these partyphiles like dressing up and putting on make-up, they can do the same plus all the professional help from glamour photographers. The photographers then weave their magic, along with professional lighting and airbrushing techniques to showcase these subjects into very dazzling images.
What should be emphasized when talking about glamour photography is that while the subjects usually strike suggestive poses, it cannot be akin to pornography. Sure, the subjects can just be in lacy lingerie, skimpy bikinis or can even be topless but any self-respecting glamour photographer who is worth his price would know how to maneuver, shoot and stop short of purposely arousing the viewer of the photos. In fact, a real professional glamour photographer should know how to make someone who happens to be fully clothed appear so graceful, sexy and alluring.
The trick, really, is on the power of suggestion. Glamour photographers should master that trick. They should know how to make a subject appear so beautiful and seductive even if he or she is all covered up. Moreover, glamour photographers should also be open to taking risks as usually the desired images come out when there’s playfulness and even flirting is involved. Flirting and playfulness with the camera, that is. Hence, it’s important for the glamour photographer to know how to keep his or her subject at ease and comfortable. Only then can the prettiest glamour shots can be achieved. So is glamour photography here to stay? Yes, of course. It’s already an inherent part of the photography industry and other related industries, for that matter. Fashion magazines, newspapers, style websites and even blogs like using glamour shots as these can surely catch one’s attention. Even ad agencies, casting agencies and of course, talent and model booking agencies constantly ask for good glamour photos.
Should one try glamour photography? Yes, most definitely. After all, posing for glamour shots can make a person feel or at least taste how it is to be the center of a glammed up life. To be all made up, clothed, styled and directed can be quite the experience for anyone. Just make sure that you land on a very good and talented glamour photographer.
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