4. Make it dramatic.
Glamour portraits aren’t like corporate headshots. If you want a more vintage look, get dramatic with the hair, makeup, and lighting. It’s a good idea to work with hair and makeup artists you or your client trusts. If your subject doesn’t like their hair and makeup, odds are they won’t like the images.
How to build your skills.
Create a portfolio.
To pursue a career as a glamour photographer, you need to build a showcase of your work. You don’t need to conduct a bunch of professional photoshoots all by yourself to get started. Work with friends and family, and slowly add to your portfolio. Practice makes perfect, so focus on your skills by compiling work over time.
When you do get paying clients, don’t ignore your portfolio. Your skills will keep getting better, so it’s important to update your work samples. “When I’m working, I always tell my client, ‘I’m going to use a few photos in my portfolio,’” notes Chinchilla. Make sure to get your subject’s confirmation, then pull images from your favorite shoots and add them to your portfolio. It will begin to speak for itself.
A great way to build your skills is to watch someone else do a glamour shoot and pay close attention. Research glamour photographers in your area, engage with them online, and build connections within the community. Everyone started somewhere, and most people are willing to help out beginners.
Find your style.
No two photographers approach a subject the same way. Take note of what you like when it comes to glamour photography, learn what your clients like, and go from there. You may find you love intimate black-and-white photos, or you might like idyllic family portraits. Whatever you prefer, pursue it and build your skills.
Whether you’re new to the world of photography or a pro who wants to try something new, glamour shots can be a beautiful addition to your portfolio. Be sure to give your photos a little extra polish in post-production. Explore presets and effects in Lightroom, and add a final flourish to your glamour shots.