Category Archives: Glamour

God Created Woman

God created man in His own image and His beauty He reserved to give to women.

The beauty of women intrigues me to want to photograph women more and more. It’s not just the skin-deep kind of beauty, but the sincerity in the eyes, the  gentle motions of the frame, a formidable spirit and tender heart. 

A woman’s energy is ignited when encountering other women that share similar enthusiasm for life. Iron surely does sharpen iron, a fact proven to me again and again when I am in the company of other women, especial women with entrepreneurial goals who are driven by their enthusiasm to reach them.

My blog post today began a few of months ago in LaConner. I met with some friends that are hair stylists and beauty consultants

Business women don’t only know business, they understand the hearts of young women.

The #LaConnerModelCall started out as a simple idea. One of a fun day of hair, makeup, clothing and photographs. But the transformation wasn’t just of those getting the makeovers, it also tipped the axis a little for those of us offering our services.

On the day of the model call, with the hair salon owner’s permission, I worked with my husband to transform the parking lot of the LaConner Hair Design studio into an outdoor photography party. But then, what I got was not what I expected.

directing and fixing hair
Me in the photography stance

The mother daughter team who own Thavin & Marcob, Rachel & India were originally planning to provide a rack of clothing for trying on but another transformation was happening for them at this time also. Their business would soon be moving to Oak Harbor. Instead of a sample rack, they brought over what they called Brand Awareness Swag-Bags that included outfits for the girls to not only try on, but to keep! That was a huge and generous surprise to everyone. 

Swag Bags from Thavin&Marcob

Every young lady we served that afternoon showed a sense of confidence and radiance once each of them individually received so much personal attention from the hearts and hands that were serving them. 

Many caring for the one. Is that not beauty right there?

What I saw was a renewal of the spirit in not just the girls but in the women offering the services. We all felt the transformations, it was magical.

Beauty holds out a loving hand to serve others, beauty promotes others ahead of itself and beauty creates relationships. I could not have been more impressed at how these budding beauties carried themselves with grace and gratitude.  I could not have been more proud to be involved with all the businesses that came together to create such a fun day full of warmth and care.

Thank you everyone who participated. I hope we get to do this again soon!

Taryn, is confident, cordial and effervescent. Her enthusiasm and happiness were positively contagious! I loved photographing her, she was a natural!
Rachel, another natural in front of the camera. She is a sweet young woman with such an easy going attitude, she’ll be a senior next year and I look forward to getting to photograph her again sometime before she graduates.
Amberly. 2018 high school senior! Contrats! Amberly was smokin’ hot and she totally knew it. In fact, she told us. LOL. She’s wise beyond her years.
Caroline, another 2018 graduate, smart as a whip. Demure and confident track star and future physicist or something smart like that. Congratulations, Caroline!
Ashley, this woman has a heart of gold and gives everyone she meets a warm and wonderful smile. Ebony hair and eyes to match, she has a photographic allure that drew us in, another 2018 graduate. Congratulations, Ashley! You have alot to look forward to!
Eileen, a talented musician and gorgeous young woman yet seemingly unaware of her radiance. Once she felt the energy from the women around her, she was a rockstar! Eileen is also a 2018 graduate.
My ultimate goal in portraiture is to achieve expression and connection with my subject while capturing their images utilizing soft lighting and posing techniques. My inspiration is from the masterworks I used to view as a teenager. I would frequent the Detroit Institute of arts and stare at the works by French artists like William Bouguereau or Jacques-Louis David,  19th Century neo-classic painters. The way their subjects were lit and posed, they look like photographs. 

Pinup – Cruise to Colby Style

to see images from the pageant photo booth visit my gallery link here

For Memorial Day, our son got us tickets to go to “tank fest nw” – which I fondly call, “Festival of the Tanks”

I have several tank images that I’ve posted to my instagram account, you can see one here they’re actually pretty neat. While at this “Festival of the Tanks” there were some interesting booths. Some with ammunition, some with different uniforms from different countries. There was one booth with an incredible display of military photography from “The War” – Group shots of military guys and field shots, the camera gear was also on display.

There was one booth that particularly caught our eyes, a lovely woman dressed in 40’s style with hair and makeup, she was stunning. She told us about this pageant taking place and that it was also a benefit, so the entry fee was going toward a good cause. (well, a portion of it anyway).

Ange contacted her girlfriend immediately and they were planning to dress up and enter, it was taking place the very next day at a bar in Everett. I had planned to just go along separately, I wanted to get photos of them getting ready and I didn’t want to be out too late.  They had planned to get ready at Ange’s friend’s house but her friend was coming down with a cold and by 4pm she was feeling pretty wilted and decided not to do it. I was nearly to the house when Ange rang me to say “change of plans.”  So we ended up getting just Ange ready at her house, I didn’t get to take any “get ready” shots because I was helping her get ready. Then I drove her to the event, the form said she needed to be at the location by 7pm.  Sadly it didn’t end up starting until 10pm, this made for a very long and weary night.

The group had fun activities planned, but none of them were starting until 9pm.  I had my camera equipment in my car because I was going to take some get ready pictures and was hoping to get some nice poses before the pageant of the girls before they left the house…

Anyway, that’s how I ended up taking so many Pin-up pictures at the pageant because, what else was I supposed to do?

 

Glamour Sessions Now Booking!

 

Julie Glamour Collage 1

Seeing your images for the first time after the session is going to feel very special to you. I want to show you the you that you have always known yourself to be but don’t often have the opportunity to project in this fast paced, crazy world. That gorgeous you, the woman you know you are but maybe you haven’t met her in the mirror for a while. Give yourself that permission to exist in beautiful images to keep, display and be cherished by your children, grandchildren, your siblings or parents to remember you, this gorgeous woman in their life.

Julie Glamour Collage 1

Exist in photographs. Beautifully.

 

 

Glamming up the Glam

I’ve been laid up a week or so with the worst sinusitis I’ve ever had, one interruption after the next while trying to complete my glamour courses with the incomparable Ms. Sue Bryce. The 28 Days with Sue might just end up 28 weeks.

Sue’s teaching is terrific but all of the images she shoots that I’ve been in awe of, it’s all shot using reflectors and big window light. I’ve been many years a strobe junkie because, well, my windows are little, I’m in Seattle and in the past the outpouring of sunshine has not typically ever been this generous. I think 2015 is a year we’ll be talking about for decades to come. So in my experience, strobes offer more flexibility, more control and I’ve learned how to use them early on. Some never learn strobe techniques, they’re either not interested or just don’t want the extra hassle of the learning curve.

Window light is nice but not reliable because it’s not always available, even if you have great windows, the weather may not cooperate, the days get shorter and your clients can’t always show up at 10am.

But what if you MAKE a window with a source of sun that you can …plug into the wall? A box of sunshine.

Only a strobe junkie would come up with a cheat like that, and I did.

Artificial Window
A natural light alternative. 5 led tube lights, 4ft wide and a 40% opaque milky white sheet of plastic on the front of the box.

I still use the strobe for a side, hair or fill light. Since the bulbs are 4000K on these LED tube lights, I had to put two sheets of warming gels on the flash so I could avoid a mix light problem. The images I get with this setup I think are very representative of true glamour photography. I still love the classic painterly look of the strobe setup using  simple one or two lights, I love the drama of a beauty dish with a grid directly overhead at 90º angle.

Here’s a good example of the strobe setup, a very classic, timeless look.

 

Rotalux octobox 39"
With one light in a deep 39″ octobox setup

and here’s a great example using my artificial window the “sunshine in a box” setup.

 

Glamour Photography using a box of artificial sunshine made by me.
This is using the “Sunlight Box” and a side light fill for light that surrounds the subject with shadowless, true glamour photography results…well, except for that white gaffers tape back there.

When the subject is enveloped in this kind of lighting, the edits are endless (so set a timer when you get into photoshop).  I like to call this edit, comic book chic.

Going beyond a glamour look and approaching a comic book super hero look that's fanciful, fun and rather attractive maybe a Glam-Con GLAM-CON
Going beyond a glamour look and approaching a comic book super hero look that’s fanciful, fun and rather attractive in a “comic book chic” kind of way. Ready to attend your first Glam-r-Con?

I hope I can repeat the process. Skin retouch, Alienskin cross process Kodak 100 then back to lightroom for the gritty factor preset and then move some sliders around to smooth it out. Okay, got it! I introduce to you, Comic-Book Chic!  Who wants to attend a session of “Glam-r-Con” with me? Hit my contact page and send me an inquiry and I’ll send you a gift voucher to try it out!

Comic book chic
Glamour-Con for the glamorous comic book chic look

Glamour in 28 Days

The past couple weeks, other than fighting a sinus infection, I’ve also have been engaged in learning 80’s glamour photography. Well, relearning since I lived through the 80’s and spent lots of time with my nose in the magazines. I’m following a course called, 28 Days with Sue Bryce. Her course on the surface doesn’t seem to be all that rigorous and I suppose that is why when I watched it and got so excited to do it, well, she makes it look pretty easy. But it’s like relearning how to swing a golf club after you’ve been swinging it one way for years and someone shows you how to get better results and you watch and you think, “oh, yes, sure, I can do it that way, no problem.”

Then you try it and you miss, and you miss, and you miss. And your back hurts and your eyes hurt and you wonder why you needed to change anything. AND THEN.

Are YOU ready for your closeup?  Hope to see you in the studio soon. Ciao for now!

Darienne was kind enough to allowed me to photograph her lovely curves.
Darienne was kind enough to allowed me to photograph her lovely curves.
Brenda was incredible in front of the lens.
Brenda was incredible in front of the lens.
Glamour times two. A Glamour Girlfriends Session is twice the fun!
Glamour times two. A Glamour Girlfriends Session is twice the fun!