I can't believe it's almost been a year since my first glamour session. My style has changed a little since then. I'm more bold with my styling choices, but I still love the posing!
It's amazing how contemporary glamour photography fit in so well with my own values. I have always felt that every woman is beautiful. And it makes me so sad that there's huge culture of self body shaming in our little world. Sure, I dabbled in self-shaming in high school and college when I thought I should be, but I soon realized that shame over one's appearance is such a lie. Every woman (and every man for that matter) should celebrate their bodies. For me, it's spiritual reasons. "God created humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them." Gen. 1:27
Whatever reason one finds to see beauty in themselves it needs to be celebrated and cherished.
When I found out glamour isn't dead I thought, "this is the perfect avenue for my photography." What could be better than preserving an image of a woman for her to treasure and pass down to her children and grandchildren? What could be more valuable than showing someone who's never felt beautiful that they indeed are. That maybe they've never had a great picture of themselves because they've never allowed anyone to take a great picture, because they've hidden away behind husbands, friends, and children. It's time that stopped.
It's time for women to love themselves, to cherish themselves, and to treat themselves well.
For my first glamour shoot I asked my beautiful mother-in-law, her two sister, and her mother to come over and let me practice my glamour posing. The super talented Cynthia Mazzara with Magnifica Bella did their makeup. We had a great time. I just wish I provided more wine! Here are a few of my favorite pictures.