A long time ago, I started to take an interest in female photography. We live in a era that is obsessed with beauty. Yet, it seems that only the most beautiful people are made up, have their hair done, are dressed well, posed and lit well and then retouched in photoshop. Here's a little secret, not even Cindy Crawford looks like Cindy Crawford when she wakes up in the morning! This is a great short clip from Dove that illustrates the point.
Women are then compared to these retouched models and are made to feel less than beautiful in comparison. This started my desire to want to give this gift to real women. To have the experience of having their hair and makeup done, of me posing and lighting them to work their strengths. And then to re-touch in photoshop. This might be a sore point so I would like to explain, I never want to make a woman look like someone else. In photoshop, I am merely removing blemishes and making other minor changes to enhance the gorgeous that she already is.
So now that I knew what I wanted to create, I didn't know what to call it. Plenty of photographers are doing boudoir but I knew that my vision wasn't boudoir. The only word I could come up with was glamour. Oh my God. The 'g' word.It makes you cringe right? I mean, glamour in the 90's was so...OMG...glamour! I knew I didn't mean that glamour but no matter how far I searched, no other word succinctly described it.
And then....I discovered Sue Bryce. Sue is the Australian Photographer of the year 2011. Once you look through her work, you will see why. (She isn't actually Australian but we Aussie's like to call anyone who lives here for more than a weekend and who is successful an Aussie.) Anyway, I digress. Sue actually calls her work...glamour! Hallelujah! Sue is bringing glamour back. And I love that she has. Because the gift is amazing. Making women see that they are stunning is a beautiful gift to give.
So with that, I would like to present to you a gorgeous Mum. We won't tell you her age but if you are guessing, I can confidently say, you are probably wrong!