"Whatever you do, don't call it glamour photography."
In every culture, on every continent, throughout every minute of human existence, we have decorated ourselves. I'm going to guess that the question of why we do it has also been around forever. Some say that glamour images reinforce impossible ideals of perfection and cause low self-esteem. I don't think so, at least not for me.
I have some confessions to make that my close friends will not find surprising at all. I rarely wear makeup. Often I wait to wash my hair until it starts to resemble oily snakes. Every morning, I see my puffy, sagging face with dark-circled eyes, and decide "that's good enough for me, and it's good enough for the world!"
In short, I don't "do" glamour every day. My clothes almost never match, even when I'm all in black. So why would I want to photograph women with their hair and makeup perfected, lit flatteringly, airbrushed into a glamourous look? It's very simple. FUN! Decorating ourselves is fun, even more so when friends are helping. If I could, I would go get a hair cut every day, just for the treat of someone washing and drying my hair. When my friend Becky friend helps me choose new clothes at a store, I love what I end up with, and it's often something I would have never noticed. A day of pampering is important for many reasons. It's relaxing, and gives me and my friends a chance to catch up with each other. It's about more than the nail polish. But it is also very much about the nail polish... right ladies?? What I want to give women is time with friends, time away from every-day hassles. The photos are just a bonus.
On the days when I do take the time to make myself up, I am not fleeing into denial of my flaws. I don't see my sags or circles as flaws in the first place. I don't see yours as flaws, either. They're just features on your wonderful face. And for a day, we are gonna glam it up and take gorgeous pictures together!