We have seen changing trends in the photography industry move from pinup photography to modern studio photography, to now focus on glamour photography. Whether for an advertising campaign or a personal portfolio, being able to shoot glamour photos can help you expand your photographic career.

There’s far more to glamour photography than just lighting and poses. In this guide, we’ll share some tips on how to choose great locations, pick great outfits and apply the right makeup style for your model.


Lighting for Photography

Lighting plays a vital role in the look and feel of your photography. Dull lighting can turn an otherwise upbeat and playful collection into a moody, bleak and washed out set of photos.

Likewise, lighting that’s too soft and basic can take away the emotion in a dark or shadowy environment. Learning how to light your photo shoot well will help you and the model achieve the look you’re aiming for in your finished photos.

There are many different lighting arrangements for glamour photography, ranging from the simple and minimal, to setups involving several lights, reflectors and white background materials.

Photography and Location

The right location can add as much visual appeal to your glamour photography as your skill as a photographer. Because of this, it’s important to learn how to choose locations that suit your photographic style, theme and your model.

From grungy and industrial areas to classic pinup environments, the setting you’re shooting in will have a huge impact on your photos. Mix the wrong clothes, makeup and lighting to the wrong setting and your shoot can end up a hot mess!

When you choose a location, you have to consider more than just its look – if it’s an outdoor location, you also have to be aware of light sources. In some cases, you may need to bring your own lighting to enhance the quality of your photographs.

Makeup to Suit your Photography

Makeup application tips for the camera include an array of corrective and dramatic effects, as well as enhancing one’s natural appearance. The key is to consider that images are two-dimensional, so shadows and highlighted areas may need to be emphasised, de-emphasised or even simulated, for the best overall effect.

The key is to also complete a makeup style that will suit the features of your model. This may include the selection of colours for eye-shadows and lipstick, as well as lashes and eye-liner. Consider that a glamour photoshoot will require a little more makeup than usual so consider statement looks such as the sultry smokey eye or even the pin-up doll classic look.

Makeup will play a major role in creating the desired look so be sure to get in touch with an artist, gain inspiration from a beauty blogger or makeup pro online! Our talent directory has an array of talented makeup artists who would be interested in completing the job.

Hair to Suit your Photography

Like makeup, hair plays a major part in creating the look that you want. Vintage styled hair is always a safe option to create a gorgeous retro style. If the photoshoot is edgy or contemporary, consider simpler styles such as textured waves or even a slicked ponytail.

Be sure to consider the clothing and makeup with the hairstyle to ensure that the look is consistent. A hair stylist or even a fashion stylist may be able to advise you on the best possible hairdo to compliment the model and style of the shoot. We have plenty of great hairstylists and fashion stylists on site that be contacted to give you some creative direction.

Clothing to Suit your Photography

Clothing will vary depending on the nature of the photoshoot. If the shoot is for a clothing line, you may not have a choice in selecting outfits. If the shoot is for a personal portfolio, be sure to advise your model to wear clothing that will suit the location and desired look. Getting in touch with a stylist can lift this weight off of your shoulders as they will be able to arrange clothing from a sponsored line or store. They will also ease the process of selecting the right apparel for the style that you’re going for.

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