Have you dreamed of being the star of your own music video. Did you cry when 80s and 90s fashion went out of style? Do you want your own sexy photos that are so BOLD that they will stop people in their tracks when you show them off?
INTRODUCING NEON NIGHT SESSIONS
We are only taking 10 clients for these extremely limited edition sessions
Available dates are August 2020. Sessions start at 630PM
All Neon Night Sessions include:
Professional Hair and makeup Styling
Access to GlamMarr Studios client wardrobe closet
Wardrobe assistance, suggestions & styling.
Professional Posing & Expression guidance throughout the shoot
2-3 hour shoot time in our glamorous neon filled yard, complete with in ground pool, modern cube day bed, Pergola and outdoor clawfoot tub.
3 outfit changes
Set of Bling Pasties to shoot in
In person image reveal 1-2 weeks after your session
Complimentary session with professional hair and makeup when you schedule another shoot within one year of your reveal. ($600 Value)
Because these will be limited to only 10 clients, we wanted to offer luxury products that you can ONLY get when you purchase a neon night shoot.
We will have 3 cover options available for your album
These cover options are ONLY available for our Neon Nights Sessions
Book today and also receive our Retro viewfinder. This beauty holds 7 of your favorite images and makes for a great conversation piece.
Package will include the following:
A 10×10 Album with upgraded luxury cover with your choice of 30 retouched images
Crystal USB of matching images
Surprise souvenir gift
How to book:
Repeat Clients (booking within one year of their reveal) have a discount code available to them. Please email us for that code before booking.
Pay the full $5000 by clicking the button below and entering your debit/credit card.
. Pay the $1000 Deposit today and then pay 10 $400/month payments beginning September 15th, 2019-June 2020
Go to our SQUARE Store and apply for the full $5000. Square pays us up front and allows you to pay them back over 6-18 Months. (Please email us the date you want plus your square number and zip code so we can process it for you)
Pay with Paypal credit. (please email us to do that)
We can accept several methods of payments if needed, IE more than one card, square plus paypal etc. Just email us so we can assist you.
Is this a mini session or a marathon session? Absolutely not! These sessions are actually around 1-1.5 hours longer than our standard session. You will receive the full GlamMarr experience. No rushing or playing “beat the clock”.
What time do the session start? Our sessions will start at 6:30pm. Hair and makeup will be completed around 7:30pm and we will have plenty of time to get both sunset and twilight shots in before we start shooting in full darkness! Sessions should be finished up by 10-10:30PM
Can I have Fog? Yes! That will be part of your shoot unless you request otherwise.
How many photos will you take? I never take a set amount of images but I can assure you that you’ll have plenty to choose your final images from. I only show the best of the best so rest assure that you’ll have a harder time not buying them all!
Can I purchase more photos, products etc? Yes! You will have the option to purchase additional images, albums or upgrade your album size if you wish to do so at your reveal. Additional info will be sent out after you book your session.
I love those nipple pasties and that body jewelry. Where do i get me some!? We include a complimentary set of bling pasties for all neon nights shoots PLUS you have access to our extensive wardrobe which includes TONS of body chains and blingy items.
Why isn’t this the same price as your standard sessions? Multiple reasons! Firstly, the prep time alone to set up and break down for these sessions is 5 times longer than our standard sessions. The session itself takes double the shoot time and editing colored images takes additional work as well. We are also including upgraded versions our our albums which cost more than our standard lux albums.
Is it really only 10 clients that your taking? Yes. Our entire month of August 2020 will be dedicated to night shoots only. That way we are able to maintain the property and sanitize and prepare as we would typically do with our standard sessions. Once these are booked THEY ARE GONE.
Will you do these again in 2021?
I like to change things up so regularly that I have no plans on repeating this setup for subsequent years. When I say this is it…This is IT.
As a boudoir photographer I often here about how a boudoir session is a “once in a lifetime” experience. Something to cross off the bucket list.
Something you do so you can say that you’ve done it.
But you know what’s funny about that?
While I agree that having the right kind of boudoir session can be absolutely mind blowing and life changing, I know for a fact that most clients will come back again and again.
Because of the side effects you receive from your session!
“A session at GlamMarr studios may cause feelings of increased confidence, elation, changes in perception, giddiness and outburst of profanity”
“Holy shit I’m hot”
Ill let you in on a secret… getting your photo taken and the feelings you get from the experience itself are ADDICTIVE!
You’ll want to experience them again and again.
Think about it.
Your first session is like a first date. You’re nervous, you don’t know what to expect or if you are really as prepared at you think you are.
What if we don’t get along? Will I do something stupid? What should I wear!?
Then after your session you realize how freaking easy it was and how much fun you had!
You were literally nervous for nothing!
You love the outcome! You love your photos, you love how you feel after your session..
The first date went flawlessly and you had more fun than you thought possible.
You start seeing outfits you’d love to wear to your next session. Poses pop up on Instagram and you no longer think “Ugh, I’ll never look like that”, instead you click the save button so you can practice that pose later!
Now you’re thinking about ALL the possibilities for your next session and you’re starting to get excited again!
Your next shoot is like being in a relationship for a few years. Still sexy but you know each other WAY better and there is a foundation of trust!
We’ve learned from the first session what you loved the most and now you’re not afraid to step even more out of your comfort zone.
And we make the magic happen.
First shoot Vs Second shoot
Check out Laura’s first shoot
She did amazing and we had so much fun. She was open to trying pretty much whatever! This shoot was taken during the summer and we were able to capture some awesome outdoor pool shots!
And her second shoot!
Laura was super excited about shooting with the fireplace and had zero hesitations when I informed her that we were shooting fully nude!
I had some other tricks up my sleeve that made this a truly unique shoot! I love it when I get free reign to design a clients shoot.
and lets face it… My personal style (and studio) changes weekly so you’ll never get the same photos twice, no matter how many times you come back!
Which session to you vibe with more!? Summer fun or winter bliss?!
She also came in for a boudoir video shoot, you can check out what an actual boudoir session is like in the video below!
Talk about hot! These sessions still include access to our other studio sets but these are the only months that we turn up the heat, literally!
You can bring your own lingerie OR you can go completely nude (what we recommend) and teasingly cover your bits with our super soft blankets and throws!
Ready to book!? Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you pricing info AND our get ready guide! Or check out our site at www.glammarr.com and schedule your free, no obligation phone consult!
Ok, Glad I got your attention! Let me just say that “BEST” is a term that is very much dependent on your personal opinion and what you value, so what is best to one person may not appeal to another.
Yes, that was click bait but now that you are here let me tell you why I PERSONALLY believe that we offer the BEST and most unique boudoir experiences in the Midwest. And just an FYI we’re located in Collinsville IL, just minutes from downtown St louis, Missouri.
1.Our reason why
At Glammarr we guide you through a process that will impact your life far beyond your photo session.
A bold statement? Absolutely! But we can back it up.
Self limiting beliefs are beliefs that we instill into our own psyche. These beliefs hold us back from living our best lives. Some major beliefs that many women have are that they are not beautiful enough, worthy enough or the right size to succeed in life and love.
If only I’d lose weight, If only I didn’t have these scars, If only my body looked like hers…
What makes glammarr studio unique is that we offer the opportunity to see yourself from another perspective, one where these beliefs are challenged. Were not here to just take photos of you, were here to TEACH you how to approach and change those beliefs and to show you how beautiful and worthy you are RIGHT NOW!
2. Who we photograph
We photograph women who struggle with self image and confidence. We photograph women who are happy in their skin and want to show it. We photography women wanting to celebrate a life event or women just wanting to do something nice for themselves. We photograph woman who feel like their body has changed and are not sure how to embrace it.
Mothers, wives, sisters, divorcees, singles, career women, grandmothers, empty nesters, fur moms, girlie girls, town boys…
We are experts in photographing ALL bodies; all sizes, colors, shapes and ages. Every woman we photograph is a real life client who was probably was just as nervous and on the fence as you might be!
3. Our Experience and Education
The skill of the photographer can mean the difference between giving yourself a much needed confidence boost or hating your results and blaming yourself for the photos that you do not love.
Boudoir is a niche field. You wouldn’t go to a general doctor to have plastic surgery done, right?
You’d want a specialist. Someone who is well versed in lighting, posing and guiding you through your shoot. Someone who has worked with woman just like you. Someone who has had the same struggles and understands WHY this is so important to you.
I have specialized in only woman’s intimate photography for 14 years. You literally cannot pay me to shoot families, pets, children, landscapes or weddings! Its true!
I do not do anything else. Photographing women is my jam.
You can see my early work and how my WHY has changed over the years here!
4. Your shoot will be unique to YOU
Ever go to a party and someone is wearing the exact same dress as you?
Yea.. I’ve been there too. It sucks because we work so hard to have our own unique style.
At Glammarr we style each clients shoot individually so that your session will be unique to you!
I often tell my clients that i have a knack for figuring out the perfect style for their session and I plan and design their shoot while they are in hair and makeup. I often pull pieces from our in house wardrobe closet and i add accessories to elevate each clients look. Sometimes my clients will bring in props and sometimes i add them myself.
The only thing that we want to be consistent is our photographic styling. We do not want our clients to have the same exact poses, set ups and outfits.
This is one of the many reasons why we only photograph one client per day! We take our time and plan out every little nuance for your session so that you have photos that showcase your personality.
I’m also very blunt. I will let you know what will and will not work! You can rest assured that you’ll get exactly what you wanted even if you’re not 100% sure on what that is!
5. You’ll actually look like YOU
Sounds kind of like a given right? Well its not.
Too often I see images of women who are overly airbrushed, overly retouched and who are robbed of their natural beauty due to over editing.
Is that because those women NEED all of that editing?
Its often that the photographer is not well versed in photographing various body shapes and sizes or that they feel beauty is defined by certain looks and attributes.
EVERY WOMAN I PHOTOGRAPH SEES THEIR IMAGES UNRETOUCHED.
And yes, they all think that it will be a horrible experience because they have stretchmarks, scars, wrinkles and rolls… Until they see themselves on that 65 inch TV in all of their gorgeousness.
How do you expect to love your own raw, real body if all you see are overly airbrused and liquefied images of yourself?
But wait, YES we do edit but only things that are NOT a permanent part of you Like bruises, acne, stray hairs, indent marks on your body etc.
6. Our studio is KILLER
Ok, Still being biased here but the photos speak for themselves!
GlamMarr studio is the most uniquely styled boudoir studio in the midwest. A bold statement, again, but something I strongly believe in. No generic loft or AirB&B but rather a studio that is constantly evolving and changing.
We have a multitude of sets, lighting and atmospheres. We even have a private outdoor area with an in ground pool (currently under MORE renovation!)
Our newest addition is our vintage boho bathroom filled with gorgeous greenery.
This is another reason why our shoots are so unique for each client. We have enough space to shoot them many times and give them a new and exciting session each time!
7. We want you to be well informed
We’re not hiding anything.!
We’re not going to make you jump through hoops to find out how to book or what we charge. We believe in being VERY honest and open about what to expect and how much it will cost. We send over our full pricing guide and our step by step get ready guide well before you book so that you can make an informed, non rushed decision.
We’ll talk with you about your budget and how we can work with it. We will let you know what payment option will be in your best interest (we have several).
We NEVER share your images without your explicit consent. If you choose not to share your images NO ONE ELSE WILL SEE THEM! PERIOD.
8. Were not pushy sales people
I fucking hate sales. In a past life i actually sold cars and I was the most open and honest sales person at the dealership. Needless to say I didnt last long at that job!
What you choose to purchase at your reveal will be up to you! I will NEVER pressure you to purchase more than you feel comfortable with or more than you need. I will be there to HELP you NARROW your images down so that you can stay within your means.
The images sell themselves, all i do is show them to you!
Most clients will purchase an album of their favorite images and our albums are THE BEST!
We do not skimp on quality. These professional, luxury albums have thick pages, gorgeous covers and will last a lifetime! Don’t settle for less!
9. You will be a part of EVERY process
When you first reach out about a session we will chat with you and link you to our step by step get ready guide and our full pricing guide.
You will be linked to a video on choosing wardrobe, given recommendations and linked to a guide on how to stretch for maximum flexibility for your shoot.
You will be shown how to pose, how to breath, how to arch, how to emote! We will work within your abilities to capture the most beautiful REAL photos of you!
YOU will choose what images and products you want.
After you choose your images at your reveal, you will be sent the edits to ensure that love the changes and you will APPROVE them before the next step.
Next we will send you the professionally designed album layout for you to approve also.
This is for YOU! We will make sure everything is freaking perfect!
10. Our team of ladies ROCK
Every session includes full professional hair and makeup from our in studio MUA Mariah. We have worked together to ensure that you will look amazing in front of the camera whether you choose a more natural look or a straight out of a sexy music video look!
Mariah is extensively trained in applying makeup specifically for this type of shoot. You will wish she styled you everyday, she is that good!
Monika from Nirvana studio in O’fallon IL is our recommended waxer. She’s super body positive and works with ladies of all weights, sizes, shapes and ages! You will love her so much you’ll hardly notice your hair getting ripped out 😀
and finally Nichole works at Sam & Delilahs in Alton IL and will help you choose the perfect outfit for your session and a fun toy for the bedroom if you are feeling frisky!
and yes! All of my girls have had sessions!
Bonus… The Photographer is pretty cool
I started this business over 14 years ago because I wanted a way to help women to feel better about themselves. I wanted to help them gain more confidence. I myself had suffered with binge eating, low self esteem and severe anxiety and depression and that is why I ultimately choose this path in life. I am now someone who is learning to navigate chronic pain and mental health while running a sucessful business and connecting to other women like myself.
Hi, My name is Alaynna and I am the most down to earth person you will ever meet.
I curse like a sailor, Im clumsy, Im weird and I am ME.
You will be at ease within 15 minutes of working with me. Seriously. Because thats about how long it will take before I drop something, Stub my toe and cuss or fall over something while demonstrating a pose. You literally cannot be intimidated by me, i promise!
Wonder what its like to work with me? Click HERE and watch the video!
Its truly a blessing in life that I am able to photograph woman and show them they are beautiful—Straight out of camera. No Photoshop required. Its amazing seeing my clients shift their perception and carry their new confidence into other parts of their lives! I wouldn’t change it for the world!
Instead of creating a new blog this week I wanted to link back to a blog I did last October to highlight one of our amazing clients who is a 2 time cancer survivor. This shoot was so empowering to do and I am in love with the images and the message.
Pilar is #Fearlesslyfem
Click the link to see her blog and scroll down to the bottom to watch her behind the scenes video as well!
Special thanks to Pilar for sharing her images and her inspiring story!
Hello! Im working on a VERY special blog that is going to take me another week to complete. Its so intensive and in depth that I need that time to make it absolutely perfect. I’ll be spilling the tea about a lot of things and I’m really excited to share it with you.
Ill be featuring work from the beginning of my career as a pinup photographer and how and why my work, focus and perception has changed.
I’ll also be sharing some very special, VERY RAW images that no one has seen before including past clients and myself.
So mark your calendars. This post is going to be worth the wait!
Being your authentic self. What exactly does that mean? Let me tell you a little story about myself.
Spoiler alert. I wasn’t always the person I am today. I let the pressures of social media, press and magazines dictate who I was and how I saw the world.
Being yourself, your TRUE self, all the good traits AND the flaws, can be scary. We often worry what others think about us and act accordingly…but WHY do we do this?
Often the answer is “to fit in”. We want so badly to be accepted and to be part of something that we change who we are to fit that role.
What if I told you that there are infinite “tribes” out there who would not only accept you but LOVE the person that you really are?
Hi, My name is Alaynna and I’m a bit fucked up. I have self worth issues. I have body image issues. I struggle to lose weight or be active enough. I often worry about what people think of me. I have chronic pain issues. I’m diagnosed bipolar along with a list of many other co-morbid mental issues that most people shy away from. I cuss. I’m clumsy. I sometimes drink too much.
I’m 38 years old and I’m still trying to figure out how to navigate this thing called life.
I suffer everyday with the feeling of inadequacies. From my creative work to my role as a wife. I never feel like I do enough.
I’m anything but perfect but I’m REAL.
Some of you will HATE the real me. That’s ok. I’m at a point in my life where I recognize that I wont please everyone…but I don’t care.
What I have found is that when I am my authentic self I give other people a platform for conversation. The “me toos” and the “I feel yous”.
Im not only being myself but I’m allowing for others to be themselves too.
The people that this resonates with are MY PEOPLE. MY TRIBE. They struggle with issues of their own. Some exactly like mine, others have their own demons.
I. AM. NOT. PERFECT. but you know what? WHO THE FUCK IS? And what does it even mean to be perfect?
Its so easy to get lost in the endless slew of staged Instagram photos, the perfectly edited “selfies” the “look how amazing my life is” posts.
We compare ourselves to these planned moments; to these fined tuned for social media personalities.
“Don’t trust everything you see, even salt looks like sugar.” –unknown.
Its when you come to this realization in life that things start to click. When you are doing what YOU truly want to do the universe recognizes that.
So how do you become your own “authentic you”?
You just let all the bullshit go. You strip away the layers of masks that you’ve put on over the years, the expectations that society has on you.
You can please some of the people some of the time, but you cant please all of the people all of the time.
“Please all and you will please none.”
Don’t live to please people. Live to please yourself. You will be amazed by how many people that resonate with you.. You will become that platform for those like you to have a voice.
They are your people and you can rip that mask off and finally be YOU.
This plays into my experience meeting and working with Jamie. When I met her I had such a different perception of who she was. When that mask was finally pulled back it was a revelation. She showed me who her authentic self was and that’s where her magic really shined.
But don’t take my word on it! Here is Jamie’s experience in her own words.
“Witch witch, you’re a bitch. Witch witch, you’re a bitch.” If you’ve ever seen Practical Magic you’ll recall the reference. Jillie and Sally. Samantha. Sabrina. Winnie, Sarah, and Mary. Matilda. Stevie Nicks.
Notice anything about these women?
What a year this has been. I would definitely consider 2018 to be my “coming out” The year I fell in love with myself. The year I became real with who I am. The year I stepped out of my shell.
I have been trying and trying and trying, for literally all of my life, to fit in and be normal. Be accepted. Be liked. Failure after failure. I’m just weird. I’m just too much. I’m too average, too stand out and I’m too eccentric to fit in.
I guess this need for acceptance is probably what ultimately led me to my first marriage. Roller coaster love, shame and tears, passion and excitement, betrayal and abuse. This phase of my life closed leaving me homeless and having my daughter taken from me. Determined to rise from the ashes, I became an entrepreneur and now have a successful energy healing business, MandalaDiva and love to volunteer and support agencies like Violence Prevention Center and Call for Help.
Congratulations. Yes, it is something I’m proud of, but still not quite the “thing.” I spent the last 10 years building myself back up, and trying to heal that gaping wound. Trying to understand why hurt people hurt people, how people heal themselves, and the whole time still missing the bullseye that glared at me every day for all those years.
Becoming myself. My true authentic self.
Practicing in the field of bodywork, energy healing, vibrational therapy, auric healing, chakra balancing, reflexology, crystal healing, spirit healing, etc led me to fulfill a need of self help and enlightenment. Studying and practicing these different ideas for nearly a decade, allowed my mind to be exposed to an entire world of different ideas and bigger pictures. If there was a rabbit hole, believe me, I went down it.
I mentioned before my passion for volunteer work, so naturally there became an opportunity to help women in local strip clubs through my church. I was only in a few weeks before I was, in a word, kicked out.
Asked to leave.
Whatever you wanna call it, I remember I was sitting on Alaynna’s porch telling her about how I got kicked out of church and feeling so brokenhearted. I mean, these were the people that were supposed to accept you no matter WHAT and I got rejected. Me!! Business owner, notable networker, ambassador to such and such, community outreach volunteer…. Because I talk to rocks and listen to the colors of your aura!
In a moment if rebellion, I picked up a book called the Modern Guide to Witchcraft, knowing I’d fully burst into flames as soon as I opened the cover. All that scary stuff, the demonic, satanic evil awful horrible stuff….witchcraft.
And here’s what I found: healing, balance, peace, meditation, grounding, chakra balancing, crystal healing…everything I was already doing!
I saw a meme that completely describes the moment with complete accuracy: When did you decide to become a witch? I didn’t, I just realized I already was one. From the elements, from the earth, the sky, the water, the air, the fire, the dirt. All this new healing energy suddenly became crystal clear and all I had to do was revel in it. Now, I’m not trying to bash any religion or turn anyone faith wise in one direction or the other. This is just my experience, as I’ve lived it.
So, ok…I’m a witch. Now what? I can’t tell anyone, they’ll think I’m crazy. Wooo magic powerssss, ahhh, watch out she’ll hex you. Ok, I’m a closet witch. Still hiding, wanting to fit in, be accepted, but not let anyone know who I truly am.
The judgement. Owning a business, is a big deal, and without your reputation, you pretty much have no business. The fear of the judgement kept me hulled up a few months longer.
I celebrate my first sabbat, and the next week I did a photo shoot with Alaynna at GlamMarr. I wanted to try a character theme, make myself into this person I want to be. I still look back on that day, Valentine’s Day! As the best day of my life. I saw my pictures, I couldn’t believe who I was. Strong, beautiful, confident. Not someone who is dying to be accepted, but someone who accepts herself. Someone who draws strength to her, rather than trying to chase it.
Seeing these photos in the group, I remember being up until 2am reading the comments of all the amazing women sharing such kind words and support with me. I loved it, it opened me up to start sharing more of myself. Gradually getting closer and closer to the revelation.
This week, we did a fun inspiration shoot, and I finally shared some of my photos on my personal Facebook page. My body exposed. My truth exposed. Lol, and the first to comment of course is my DAD Akwaaaard…but. All of a sudden it was just like. This is me. I am a woman.
I am Jamie Rhiannon. I am the MandalaDiva. I am a suburbia housewife and entrepreneur. I am a white witch. I am not a good gardener, but damnit I try. I am a model. I am not a plus size model, I am not a size 0 model, I am just a model. I make my body become art. I am not my body, but I live in my body. It has gotten me here. I dress it up, I dress it down. It is not perfect and I love it for that. I wear my scars with pride, because I was stronger than what was thrown at me. I am an empath. I am an advocate. I am a survivor. I am strong. I am confident. I am #fearlesslyfeminine
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I wanted to talk about two things this #FearlesslyFemFriday: Body image & What goes on behind the scenes during a shoot at GlamMarr Studios.
This week we are looking at one of our Glambassadors, Lashonda. Being a Glambassador is an exciting position but it also can be hard to really put yourself out there and show all! One of the reasons I picked Lashonda to represent our brand was because of her healthy attitude toward her body. Don’t get me wrong, we talked about her struggles with body image during her first shoot as a client. She was nervous as fuck! (everyone is!) and we bonded, talked about life and how our bodies have changed over the years. After her shoot, at her reveal, I was so excited with how much she LOVED herself and her images. Lets face it, none of us are “perfect”… whatever the hell that is anyways. I tell my clients so often that I do not like to retouch images. Stretch marks are beautiful, some women only get them after carrying another life, some women get them because our bodies change, however you’ve gotten yours, they’re normal. Cellulite is normal. Scars are testaments to how much our body can take and still carry us through life.
There is a story to be told by your bodies lines and creases!
There are so many women that cannot see past these things themselves but when they see other women celebrating their bodies, they cheer them on, tell them they are beautiful…and they mean it.
Why are we not our own personal cheerleaders? Why do we judge ourselves so much more harshly than we judge others?
Quit that shit. Quit that shit NOW. Start thinking about all the amazing things that your body is doing for you all the time, without you even thinking about it. Be grateful, be present, be YOU.
So for this session I wanted to showcase these areas!
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Lighting can do a lot to hide and smooth the skin and angles and posing can make you look amazing too. I wasn’t trying to do any of those things. I was lighting to bring out the textures, showcasing the curves and capturing the true beauty of the female form.
I’ll tell you a secret. I actually do this every session. Sure, I walk through and demonstrate posing and expressions but what I’m really doing is waiting to capture those in-between moments where I can REALLY see you.
We did a live behind the scenes video during this shoot which you can watch Here.
Our first series of images were a mix of boho and vintage inspired. My images always have a hint of vintage style.
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I also wanted to showcase Lashondas beautiful skin with the jewel toned piece that she brought in for the shoot. We added a little dry oil to really bring out those gorgeous highlights and lowlights.
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From there we moved on to our final look, a total surprise for Lashonda. I snapped a few photos of her as she was looking in the mirror admiring her body, giving herself positive affirmations about her own sexiness.
What I had waiting for Lashonda was what I was REALLY excited for! I created a shallow water pool in our studios garage using a tarp and some other things laying around. It was far from looking like a gorgeous location…
You have to understand that with photography, what you see isn’t always what you get. You probably remember the #MichaelsChallange, and if you don’t, it was basically photographers shooting photos in the poorly lit aisles of their local craft store with amazing results.
This was my version! I had a vision and I was ready to roll with it…and wow am I glad I did!
You see. Its not the location. Its not the camera.
The devil is in the details.
I used a mixture of lighting and angles to capture every beautiful highlight, curve, texture and sparkle.
What you see VS what I see
And that’s what I bring to you as your photographer. A new perspective of yourself exactly the way you are. I want to bring OUT the things that we’ve grown accustomed to seeing photoshopped, smoothed or gotten rid of all together. I’m not here to change anything about you, that’s just not my jam.
I want you to see how beautiful all of those things that you call flaws really are.
We finished up with a little oil and glitter. This portion of the shoot was also streamed live to our FB group
and with that we were finished! I hope you enjoyed seeing the process and how beautiful the female form can be. If you’d like to see more or chat about booking a shoot with GlamMarr Studios for yourself visit us at our website GlamMarr.com
Special thanks to Lashonda for allowing us to share so much of her session! Check out another beautiful session at our other blogs
Lets face it. I hear it all. Women are nervous, afraid and down right scared of having photos taken of themselves.
But actually its not the photos that they are scared of. Its that peeling back of the layers of insecurities and the act of being vulnerable that terrifies them.
When I assure my clients that they are going to look amazing…no one ever believes me… At first that is. We have our phone consult and this is usually the time when women choose to tell me what “wrong” with them. Their bodies have changed after having children. Their bodies have changed by the passing years. Their bodies have changed from crash diets, bad relationships, illness or they’ve “let themselves go”.
I truly believe there is an epidemic within the women’s community. With the growth of social media outlets like facebook and Instagram, women are feeling worse and worse about themselves. Comparison is truly the killer of confidence.
This is NOT a new problem. We, as women, have been fed perfectly photoshopped images in magazines for ages and feel that we need to become these perfectly idealized images of what women “should” look like. This is not a new problem but its becoming more and more apparent as things like “facetune” and filters become more readily available.
So when I speak to potential clients who are comparing themselves to these highly stylized versions of women, I know what they’re going to say already. That they are not GOOD enough or PRETTY enough to do photos of this nature.
We’re so programmed to think that the filtered women on Instagram or the photoshopped models in magazines are the standard in which we should gauge ourselves that we CANNOT see the beauty that exudes from our own being.
The way we move. The way we laugh. The way we ARE. Our kindness, our hearts. That special things that makes us… US. We are so focused on being some basterdized form of beautiful that we MISS our own beauty.
So yes, Ive heard it all and I’m here to tell you that its all BULLSHIT. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! You are beautiful and worthy of self acceptance and love. What makes you YOU is so much more than your own reflection in the mirror.
What makes you beautiful is so specifically you that no magazine, no social media outlet can portray that through other women.
But I can show you.
At GlamMarr, we give you that moment to pause, that moment to reflect. That moment to SEE yourself. REALLY see yourself. Your individual movement, the special way you laugh that perspective that EVERYONE else sees but you are unable to appreciate because we become so clouded by self doubt or expectations of what we should be.
But don’t take my word for it! Read on to hear a GlamMarr clients thoughts on the experience in her own words!
Ps. Ms. B finally took the plunge last year during our specially priced “Pink Saturday” Special. We will be running another black Friday special this year so if you’ve been on the fence its your time to take a chance. Have a leap of faith! Do it for YOU. You wont regret it!
On a side note. MS B was an absolute joy to work with. She has a laugh that is contagious and a smile that is sweet as pie. I was so happy to meet her and I really appreciate her giving us an insiders perspective on her experience.
In Ms B’s Own words:
I joined Alaynna’s Facebook group a few years back after seeing photos she had taken of a friend of mine. Those pictures were beautiful, as were the rest shared on the FB page and the Glammarr website. I so wanted to have a shoot; I wanted the pretty pictures, too.
There were a few reasons why I wasn’t ready to make the jump and do it, so it stayed on my list of things to do “someday.” I continued to follow the FB page for over a year, which also helped me to realize working with Alaynna was not just about getting pretty pictures, it would be so much more!
She helps women truly see THEMSELVES. When the Pink Saturday Sale was offered last year after Thanksgiving, I felt like if I didn’t do it now, I might never do it. So, I decided to make the jump and book a session as a 45th birthday present to myself. The months that passed from the moment booked until the day of my shoot were filled with a roller coaster of emotions that would play out over and over again – excitement, hopefulness, doubt, fear. Before I knew it, nearly six months had passed, and it was shoot day.
The day of the shoot, I had not lost all of the weight I had intended to lose (which was one of the apprehensions I had about doing a shoot). That morning, I stood in front of the mirror naked, took a deep breath and said out loud, “Well, this is NOT the body you wanted to have today. But this is the body you’ve got. So go in there and rock it.” And I headed over to the studio.
I was excited, but I was also still a ball of nerves when I arrived. Alaynna and Mariah set those nerves at ease pretty quickly. They were filled with an incredible energy of positivity, encouragement, acceptance and FUN from beginning to end. As the shoot moved along, Alaynna showed some of the pics as she took them. I was blown away. That was ME. No retouching, no filters. JUST ME. As it turned out, that’s what I was doubtful and afraid of — JUST ME, as I would be in that moment. And in that moment, I saw me, not just my body, but my entire being. It can be scary sometimes to let others see us. It can be even scarier to really see ourselves. But Alaynna and her team show us that it’s actually the most beautiful thing there is.
From this experience, you’ll get gorgeous pictures. But Alaynna really captures and celebrates the essence of all of you in those photos, so much so that in turn, something that happens to YOU which is awesomely and overwhelmingly amazing. We all deserve to see, feel and acknowledge how wonderful we are. Your body IS good enough to have a shoot. You are never too old to have a shoot. You deserve this experience, and I hope those of you that are on the fence about it will make the jump and do it. You will have no regrets. I didn’t, and I will DEFINITELY be a repeat offender at Glammarr.
PS – I also want to give a shout out to Monika, of the Glammarr Squad. Your encouragement and joyfulness also was a huge help to me