Tips on glamorous photography

Susan Fernandez September 09 2022

Any photoshoot can be turned into a glamorous one with the right props, outfits, and make-up. If you're looking to add a touch of glamour to your photos, here are some tips to get you started.

Who created Glamour shots?

In the late 1960s, Jack Count Jr., a college student entrepreneur, started taking pictures at fraternity parties with his new camera. He had them developed and sold them to people in his fraternities. He began to see the potential for a business and, in 1971, he founded Glamour Shots with the help of his father.

At the beginning of the 1980s, Glamour Shots became a national brand with the opening of its first studio outside of Ohio. The company continued to grow throughout the 1980s and 1990s, eventually expanding into Canada and Puerto Rico. In 2006, Glamour Shots was acquired by Lifetouch, a publicly traded photography company. For several years, Glamour Shots studios can be found in most major U.S. cities.

What is a glamorous photoshoot?

Glamorous photography often features models in high-end clothing or evening wear, with luxurious surroundings and materials. The focus is on the model's appearance and attitude, rather than the background or setting.

While glamorous photographs can be taken in a studio, they are often shot on location, in exotic locations, or at exclusive events. The photographer will often use creative lighting techniques to create an air of mystery or drama around the subject. Glamorous photos are all about creating an aspirational image for the viewer. They should make the viewer feel like they could be the one living the luxurious lifestyle that is being portrayed.

Many magazines, including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Elle, feature glamorous photography on their pages. Celebrities are often photographed in a glamorous style, as well. That is because glamorous photos sell. People are naturally drawn to images that feature beautiful people in glamorous settings. Glamour photography is a type of portrait photography that emphasizes the beauty of the subject. This can involve makeup, wardrobe choices, and fine-tuned poses. For some people, glamour photography is more about sensuality than anything else. The focus is on the subject's appearance and how they are presenting themselves.

Glamour photography often takes place in a studio, where the lighting and surroundings can be controlled. However, it can also be done on location. Many glamour photographers like to shoot in exotic locations or at exclusive events. This helps to create an air of mystery or drama around the subject.

What outfit would be proper?

Glam style is all about being over-the-top and dramatic. So think sequins, feathers, fur, and anything else that will make you stand out. For your glamour photography session, find a few key pieces that will make you feel like a million bucks.

Men should try a suit with a flashy tie or a tuxedo. If you want to add a bit of edge, go for a leather jacket. Also, don't be afraid to accessorize. A pocket square or a boutonniere can really add something special to your look.

As for women, a glamorous dress is always a good choice. If you want to go all out, find a gown with sequins or beading. Or, if you're looking for something a bit more unique, try an evening jumpsuit. Again, don't forget the accessories. Statement earrings or a necklace will really make your outfit pop.

Non-binary, agender and genderfluid people can go for whatever look makes them feel most fabulous. The colors should be bold and the silhouette should be dramatic. And, as always, don't be afraid to accessorize. Try hats, pieces of jewelry, and other eye-catching pieces to really make your look stand out.

How can you take glamorous photography?

If you want to take glamorous photographs, there are a few things you can do to set the right tone.

First, pay attention to your lighting. Glamorous photos are often taken with soft, diffused light. This could be natural light coming in through a window, or artificial light from a studio setup. Either way, the goal is to create a flattering light that will make the subject look their best. The proper lighting for glam photos should be subtle and not too harsh.

Second, think about your composition. Glamorous photos are usually close-ups of the subject's face or figure. The focus should be on the model, not the background. When composing your shot, keep this in mind and frame your subject accordingly. Usually, glam photos are taken with a shallow depth of field, so the background is blurred and the focus is on the subject.

Third, choose the right props and wardrobe. Glamorous photos often feature high-end clothing and accessories. If you're shooting in a studio, consider bringing in some props that will add to the glamorous atmosphere. Candles, feathers, and fur are all popular choices. The goal is to make the viewer feel like they are indulging in a luxurious experience.

Finally, don't forget about make-up. Glamorous photos usually feature models with heavy make-up. This is part of what makes the picture look more artificial and contrived. If you're not sure how to do glam make-up, there are plenty of tutorials available online. Just do a quick search and you'll find plenty of helpful resources.

By following these tips, you'll be on your way to taking glamorous photographs that will wow your viewers. Just remember to have fun and experiment with different looks to find what works best for you.

How do you pose for glamour shots?

There are so many ways to pose for a glamorous photo. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

  • Pose with one hand on your hip and the other in your hair. This is a classic glamour pose that always looks good.
  • For a more playful look, try posing with your hands behind your back or holding onto something.
  • If you're wearing a flowing dress or skirt, strike a pose that will show off the movement of the fabric. Try twirling around or walking forward while looking over your shoulder.
  • Get creative with your facial expressions. Glamorous photos often feature sultry or mysterious looks. Think about what kind of mood you want to convey and let your expressions reflect that.
  • Lie like Merlin Monro. This famous pin-up pose is achieved by lying on your back with one leg up in the air. It looks both glamorous and playful at the same time.
  • Take a look from the back . . .or the side. Many glamorous photos feature women looking over their shoulders or from the side. This is a great way to show off your best angles.
  • Men should try the James Dean look. This classic male glamour pose involves standing with your hands in your pockets and looking off into the distance. It's both cool and mysterious.
  • Get close to the camera . . . or further away. Glamorous photos can be taken either up close or from a distance. It all depends on the look you're going for.
  • Try a headshot. Headshots are classic glamour shots but don't forget about full-length photos as well. They can be just as glamorous, especially if you're wearing a beautiful dress or gown.

No matter how you choose to pose, remember that confidence is key. The most important thing is to believe that you look gorgeous. If you don't feel glamorous, it will show in the photo. So relax, have fun, and let your inner glamour girl shine through!

Posed photos over candid ones?

There are pros and cons to both posed and candid shots. Posed shots often look more polished and glamorous, while candid shots can capture a subject's natural beauty and personality. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference. If you're going for a more glamorous look, then posed shots are the way to go. But if you want your photos to be more natural and authentic, then candid shots are the better choice.

Candid photos would better look like they are taken at the moment and show more emotion. Posed photos may look fake or staged. If you want your photo to capture a natural moment, go for candid! Posed looks more like a picture-perfect moment that was planned out and takes away from the reality of the photos.

Things to avoid in glamorous photography 

Here are a few tips for you to follow in order to make the best possible glamorous photography.

  1. Don't overdo the make-up. It's important to have a bit of make-up for a glamorous look, but don't go overboard. Too much makeup will make the photo look artificial and contrived.
  2. Avoid using props that are too cheesy or obvious. Glamorous photos should look effortless and natural, not like you're trying too hard. So ditch the fake diamonds and fur coats and stick to simple props that enhance the photo without looking tacky.
  3. Beware of awkward poses. Glamorous photos should look elegant and graceful, not stiff and uncomfortable. If you're not sure how to pose, there are plenty of resources available online that can help you out. Just do a quick search for "glamorous photography poses" and you'll find plenty of helpful articles and tutorials.
  4. Don't forget the little details. It's the small details that can make or break a glamorous photo. Make sure your hair is styled perfectly, your nails are manicured, and your clothes are wrinkle-free. Even something as simple as stray hair or wrinkled clothing can ruin an otherwise perfect photo.
  5. Last but not least, have fun! Glamorous photography should be fun and relaxing, not stressful. So take a deep breath, put on a smile, and enjoy yourself. The more fun you have, the better your photos will turn out.