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How a boudoir photoshoot can instantly boost your confidence and self-esteem

How something as simple as a boudoir photoshoot can instantly boost your confidence and self-esteem

“She’s so beautiful/ And I tell her every day/ I know, I know when I compliment her she won’t believe me/ And it’s so, it’s so sad to think that she don’t see what I see/ But every time she asks me, ‘do I look okay?’/ I say/ When I see your face/ There’s not a thing that I would change/ ‘Cause you’re amazing/ Just the way you are …” by Bruno Mars (Just the Way You Are)

Bruno Mars’ 2010 romantic R&B single focusses on one woman’s low self-esteem, but it is in fact a succinct summing up of a rather serious, complex and widespread social issue that has plagued women throughout much of our recent history.

From a startlingly young age (some research indicates as young as 7), girls begin to compare and contrast themselves with the largely unrealistic images of female beauty that even now saturates our media.  The fact that these standards are clearly unattainable by flesh and blood women and girls does not stop us from feeling comparatively lacking, as though we are somehow ‘less than’ these hyped up, overly prevalent images of somebody else’s definition of physical perfection, and the consequences in terms of damage to self-esteem is very far reaching indeed.

The body image crises

In fact, it’s fair to say that this image-driven, culturally-sanctioned destruction of self-esteem is incapacitating for huge numbers of women, preventing us from living life to the fullest, realising our potential and so leading truly happy lives.

The Dove Global Beauty and Confidence Report conducted a unique, in depth analysis of beauty and confidence amongst women from around the world and found that Australian women rate very low on the study scale, with only 1 in 5 reporting high self-esteem in terms of body confidence.

The study found that 89% of the women who reported low self-esteem opted out of social events when feeling unhappy about their physical appearance.  This worrying statistic suggests that huge numbers of women across Australia and throughout the world, millions of us, have been so entrenched in the culture-wide pursuit of unattainable media-defined physical ‘perfection’ that we are now punishing ourselves en masse for apparently falling short.

The psychology of beauty and boudoir photography

I have always been interested in the psychology of beauty.  Like most women, I lug around plenty of insecurities of my own.  Just like the woman in Bruno Mars’ song, when someone tells me I’m beautiful, my first instinct is to assume they’re just being nice.  After all I’ve got a couple of mirrors.  And a calendar that tells me how fast the years are ticking by.

I’ve got children.  I’ve got wrinkles, bags under my eyes, and saggy bits. I also happen to be the wife of a photographer (Boudoir Photographer Perth), and after years of looking at myself through someone else’s eyes, I have developed the skills necessary to override that ingrained self-criticism, ignore my own self-talk and simply choose to believe them instead.

When I look at myself in those images, I see a unique, beautiful, confident woman with a story to tell.  I no longer care about my imperfections.  I am a grown woman, a mother, a business owner, an educator, and a hard worker.  I don’t look like I did when I was 18 years, but that’s perfectly okay with me, because my concept of my own beauty is no longer linked to how youthful I look, or the shape of my nose, or the perkiness of my boobs.

I am beautiful as I am, wrinkles, tummy and all.  Being married to a portrait photographer has its advantages.  In fact, as things have turned out, it has been a major factor in building my confidence and self-esteem, and something I passionately believe other women should experience for themselves.

Every woman deserves to feel confident

Virtually every woman we have photographed has had something about their physical appearance that bothers them or makes them feel self-conscious.  Boobs too small/ too big, belly too round/ too puckered, bum too fat/ too saggy, lips too thin, skin too mottled, nose too big, eyes too small.  The list goes on.

Even once they have made a decision to go ahead with the shoot, most are still plagued by self-doubt and lingering insecurities. Regardless of age, body type and tone, nearly every one of us (4 out of 5, according to the Dove Report) is Bruno Mars’ girl.

This is a travesty that effects millions of women across the globe.  It needs to be addressed, and in our small family photography studio in suburban Perth, we are making it our business to make a difference on our own doorstep.

Every woman deserves to feel confident and beautiful in her own skin, whatever her body type, whatever her age and there’s a lot to be said for careful posing, good lighting and having fun in a creative and supportive atmosphere.

Boudoir “Therapy”!

At the outset of every boudoir shoot, our clients are inevitably nervous.  Very few of the women we have photographed are professional models, so most feel vulnerable and uncertain at the outset, but a boudoir photo shoot is (hand on heart) one of the most enjoyable, liberating experiences you’ll have, and by the end of the shoot, without exception, all are acting much more confident and self-assured.

There is a great sense of exhilaration when you push aside your fears and just do whatever it is you’re afraid of, so even before they see the results, these women are experiencing the power of what I have come to think of as boudoir therapy.

For him, or her?

Without a doubt, the greatest pleasure of my job is reveal day, when I get to show our clients, many for the first time, how beautiful they really are.  Most women who come into our studio actually do the sessions as gifts for their partners, but once they’ve seen the photographs, their focus changes, and they realise that the gift is really to themselves.

The confidence our clients gain from their boudoir folios is significant.  Many of our clients report feeling more confident in every aspect of their lives, from work to the bedroom, and everything in between.  It is challenging and empowering, and at the end of the day, reminds women how unique, vital and beautiful they really are.

So don’t wait around and book a shoot today!


Reclaiming Elegance: Resurgence of the Goddess in Modern Glamour Portrait Photography

glamor photography

Reclaiming Elegance: Resurgence of the Goddess in Modern Glamour Portrait Photography

Glamour photography evolved with the changing attitudes and social mores of the emerging ‘youth culture’ that flourished in 1920s America. Free from the bonds of austerity and mundane practicality of a world at war, America and her allies partied.

After long years where the pursuit of luxuries was considered self-indulgent and unpatriotic, women finally had permission dress up again. The roaring 20s was an era that liberated the west.

Throwing off the constraints of early 20th century modesty, young women began shedding their corsets and long skirts, firing the first shots of a couture revolution that would change forever the way women viewed fashion and themselves. With sleek, short hair, bared calves, make up and tassels aplenty, these pioneers of fashion shimmied out of their kitchens and into the jazz halls and picture theatres of the world. They were young, stylish, daring, and very confident in their own skins.

The first glamour images

During this time Hollywood emerged as the world’s first film capital, becoming the fifth largest industry in the United States by the end of the decade. Extravagant and hedonistic, it represented the dreams and aspirations of a whole generation of women – the flappers and those who came after, through the 30s, 40s and 50s – the glamourous years of Old Hollywood.

With motion pictures rapidly growing in popularity, increasing competition meant studios needed to advertise their movies. Enter glamour photography, which would become the defining and most enduring visual art of that era, in many cases outlasting the films they were originally intended to promote.

These early glamour photographs were a revolution in portraiture, moving the genre from science to art. The new breed of portrait photographers understood that in order to engage audiences it was important to capture the internal qualities of the big screen goddesses and create a vision of a relatable character, a real person, with whom audiences could identify.

Gone were the deadpan faces and formal poses of previous decades. In their place were the smoky eyes, luscious lips, gorgeous clothes and devil-may-care attitudes of the bold, classy dames of the vintage big screen.

Technology, Free Love and sexual liberation

The huge cultural and social revolutions of the 1960s changed glamour photography again. Youth counterculture that began in the 1950s gained traction in all areas of life not the least of which was the campaign for women’s legal rights and sexual equality.

The introduction of the contraceptive pill in 1960 helped. Liberated and in control of their fertility women were finally free to explore their sexuality, and they did so, in their personal relationships, in fashion, in music and in art.

A technological revolution also occurred in the 1960s that changed the face of professional portraiture. Huge strides had been made in camera and film technology that would take do-it-yourself photography into homes across the world. In 1963, Kodak launched its virtually foolproof, point and shoot Instamatic camera. By 1970, over 50 million were sold world-wide, and the numbers continued to skyrocket over the succeeding decade.

People no longer needed professional photographers to capture family memories. The business landscape changed rapidly for portrait photographers and it seems only the daring survived.

The age of the glamour kitten

Having reached their coming of age during the height of the sexual revolution, the fabulous pin-up girls of the mid 1960s through to the 1970s challenged the long held perceptions of glamour and what society considered glamourous. New glamour photography was unapologetically and overtly sexual in style. Erotic and occasionally mildly pornographic images of actress such as Bo Derek, Farrah Fawcett and Jane Fonda became commonplace on theatre walls, shopping arcades and newsstands the world over.

Big, bold and brassy

By the 1980s, women were finally enjoying the fruits of the early women’s rights movement. With access to reliable family planning, more educated and with more legal rights than ever before, 1980s women were independent and career driven. They had money of their own to spend, and spend they did. Women from all walks of life could now have their own glamour portfolio.

In an era remembered for its excesses of materialism and consumerism, where overt displays of wealth and status were valued over substance, a tacky sort of glamour portraiture, often verging on soft porn emerged as the trending portrait style of the decade. Soft focus images, highly suggestive poses and clichéd costumes, big hair, slack jaws, bedroom eyes and bared flesh was du jour.

The Death and Resurrection of Glamour

Sadly for photographers, the 1990s was an age of conservatism and the art of portraiture stagnated. Big and flashy were out as people began to develop a greater social conscience and sense of fiscal responsibility.
The decline for glamour portraiture lasted for over a decade until, in 2007, Sue Bryce won the Portrait Photographer of the Year by completely reinventing the genre.

Reviving the Goddess

Up until Sue’s appearance on the international stage, to a lot of people, glamour photography still reinforced the 1980s views that a woman’s appearance, and her ability to appear sexy and be sexually available, were the hallmarks by which her value was determined.

Sue’s images completely changed the glamour portrait industry, and was a breath of fresh air for women everywhere. The women in Sue’s photographs were not out of focus. The composition of her images was interesting. Their poses were artistic and stylish, more akin to the studio portraits of the early sirens of the silver screen. Their clothing, or lack there-of, was used to enhance aesthetics, create mood and movement and to help reveal the nature and character of the woman.

A decade on and glamour portraiture is still on the rise. Today, in our family run, Perth-based studio, we are still inspired by Sue Bryce’s work.

As a glamour photographer Perth my aim is to truly empower women, not just to display them, but help them recognise their own unique beauty and strength.

What’s your style? Choosing a family portrait as unique as you are.

Outdoor family portraits

Family photography Perth. Types of family portraits available to you

Family photography has come a long way since the 80’s and 90’s. In those days it was all about assembling family into neat groups in front of a plain or printed screen. Order would be based on height, sex and occasionally age (think granny or grandpa on the chair in the middle, kids on the floor at the front).

In fact, today there are so many different styles of family portraiture available, it is worthwhile doing a bit of research before you jump in to book your session.

The first step is to find a photographer whose work you admire (online galleries are a great way to get a feel for the different options available at different studios, just google “Family photography Perth”). Once you have found someone whose work you like, I strongly advise meeting with them before you book. This will enable you not only to find out if they are someone you would like to work with but also to get an idea of the sorts of photographs they have produced in the past and the styles that they offer.

All portrait photography genres (family, boudoir, glamour, artistic, branding, wedding) fall into three main categories:
Studio: As the title suggests, any photographs taken in an indoor studio environment.

Environmental: Photographs shot out of the studio setting. Can include indoor or outdoor environments, anywhere your family lives, works or plays.

Composite: A blend of photographs, combining two or more separate images through superimposition.

Within these broad categories is a variety portraiture styles. The one you choose will ultimately depend on your personal taste and your reasons for doing the session.

Casual outdoor

For the active, adventurous family, casual outdoor shoots are ideal for capturing fun, unique portraits of you and your loved ones at play. Whether it’s walking the dog in the park, building sandcastles at the beach, climbing in the adventure playground or exploring local beauty spots, outdoor settings will give your portraits a sense of movement and spontaneity that is virtually impossible to recreate in an indoor studio setting.

Because of Perth’s mild climate, portrait photographers here are able to offer outdoor shoots all year round. Rain is rarely an issue, however it is a good idea to check with your photographer that they are prepared to reschedule if the weather turns nasty.

Casual outdoor photographs are almost always more candid than their studio counterparts. Whether it’s because being outdoors has a relaxing effect or because we forget there’s a photographer in tow, or both, I can’t say, but it’s a fact that our most carefree and unguarded shots are almost always those that were taken outdoors.

Casual indoor

A more traditional style of portraiture, casual indoor photographs are taken in a studio setting, using studio lighting and screen backdrops. Free of the variables that exist in outdoor shoots, such as bad weather or intrusion by other people (especially in public spaces), indoor portraiture is comfortable and secure.

The photographer has complete control over the environment and can create atmospheric variety simply by changing the lighting, incorporating props or moving a screen. The process is faster than a casual outdoor shoot and the results are more predictable.


Inspired by high end fashion magazines, this style has gained a devoted following over recent years. Popularised by former portrait photographer of the year, Sue Bryce, couture portraiture was originally marketed to women looking for the glamour experience. It is also a unique way to photograph families with stunning results. Sleek and stylish, with a glamorous edge, couture portraits are a stand out in any collection of family photographs.

They can be taken indoor or outdoor, however they are very different to casual or conventional photographs. Couture portraits are stylised, dramatic and driven largely by aesthetics. Being more contrived, they are not as immediate or ‘raw’ as some of the other styles, however they are beautiful to look at and well worth considering if you are after a modern, eye-catching print that will stand the test of time.


Whether it’s hanging out with the kids in the living room, taking the family on a picnic, or playing with the dogs in the park, lifestyle portraits can document almost any aspect of your life. In contrast to other styles of portraiture, lifestyle photographs are minimally posed, giving the photographer more freedom to capture family interactions – quiet moments, funny moments, intimate moments, and playful moments. They are all as unique as your family, and will be treasured for generations, not only as a family record, but as a tangible reminder of ‘how things were’ back then.


Artistic or fine art portraiture aims to capture an idea, message or emotion. Choosing an artistic portrait style is an undertaking in trust, since, no matter how well you have expressed your own ideas about your family and what it is that you think defines you as a unit, the outcome depends completely on the imagination and aesthetic tastes of your photographer.

Fine art by definition is created by the artist, not the subject, so if you choose an artistic style of portraiture, your choice of photographer is absolutely critical. Ask questions. Look at their work. If you have a specific vision for the shoot yourself, be sure to share your ideas with them and see whether they are open to your input. Make sure the photographer you select is willing to take the time to meet with your family beforehand.

Since the purpose of artistic portraiture is to reflect the internal as much as the external, understanding the subject matter (in this case, your family) as thoroughly as possible is critical in the creation of beautiful family portraits that are also meaningful works of art.

Artistic Composite

Artistic composite portraiture is an extension of artistic portraiture. Like its cousin, composite photography depends largely on the artistic integrity of your photographer. The main difference lies in the fact that composites are made up of two or more superimposed images, blended together to create the illusion that they are all a part of the same scene.

The style is regularly used to create surreal images and fantasy scenes, but the possibilities are endless. If you choose this style, be aware that, while the outcomes are generally striking, the process of creating the image is time consuming and fiddly, making them significantly more expensive than portraits that use regular editing and printing protocols.


Final word

As a family photographer in Perth I offer all of the styles of portraiture described above. Every photoshoot experience starts with a no obligation consultation to discuss your wishes and requirements and how our team can meet them.

We love pleasing our clients! If you have an idea for your family portrait do not hesitate to contact us.


The Evolution of Glamour Photography

(image by Sue Bryce)

The Evolution of Glamour Photography

“Beauty… it’s the light that shines out of people’s eyes when they look at you…
when you hold their gaze, and then everything else falls away… you see their
true self and it’s just staring back at you, and it’s magnificent… and everybody
has it.”
– Sue Bryce

Modern glamour photography maestro Sue Bryce speaks beautifully in a video on her website about the beauty that exists in all of us. She speaks poignantly about her experiences as a photographer, where she experiences that moment where she sees a light that shines out of
her subject’s eyes. This light and beauty that she witnesses in her subjects is ordinarily hidden and concealed, but surfaces and breaks through when they are photographed.

Today our lives are so busy. So full of things that require our time and attention. Particularly for women who have to juggle the seemingly never-ending and exhaustive list of tasks to make it from one day to the next. Amongst wrangling the children, school commitments, working and work at home, where, one may ask is the opportunity for these women to feel special, beautiful and feminine. Trapped inside each one of these busy women is someone beautiful waiting to be revealed and explored.

Right here lies the beauty of glamour photography. That is its power, to bring out and capture that light, that essence and that beauty that lies within all of us.

In years gone by, in a golden era glamour photography was the preserve of the rich, powerful and influential, the stars of Hollywood or people who were making a name for themselves in some important sphere of human life. In later decades glamour photography became more risqué and perhaps more controversial as it became tied to sex and sexuality. During the 1980’s and 90’s glamour photography died away, lost in a wave of hairspray and shoulder pads. In the process the genre lost much of its elegance and appeal. But this is not glamour photography today. Things have certainly changed.

Today glamour photography has undergone a metamorphosis of sorts thanks to artists like Mario Testino, Sue Bryce, and Christa Meola. It is no longer the preserve of the rich and influential and no longer is it solely connected to sex and sexuality. Owing to its rich and varied history, (think icons of the genre Ruth Harriet Louise, George Hurrell and Bruno Bernard); glamour photography has many throw backs and connections to its earlier forms but today’s glamour photography is much more than a reproduction of the past.

Today a glamour photography shoot can represent much more. It represents an opportunity for a woman to move outside her comfort zone, generate self-confidence, celebrate her femininity as well as celebrating her individual beauty. Today this can be achieved through a
tasteful and elegant glamour shoot that takes all the hallmarks of those black and white beauties from a bygone era and presents them with a modern twist and sophistication.

Others may opt for a retro-style pin-up photoshoot that borrows from the rich legacy of pin-up models of the past, while others may choose to do something more sensual and seductive like a modern boudoir photography shoot.

Contemporary artists like Bryce and Leibowitz have brought an artistic approach to the genre, taking the portrait pictures and transforming them into works of art and beauty in their own right.

Whatever a woman chooses a glamour shoot has the potential to make every woman feel like a star, for every woman to be able let her light and her beauty shine and capture that forever on film.

Modern glamour portraits – a work of art

“The more I photograph women, the less it is about transformation. Women
are beautiful. All that matters is enhancing that.”
– Mario Testino

In its purest form, in its golden age the glamour photograph relied on the vision and artistry of the early pioneers of the form to capture captivating and enduring images that had a power and beauty all of their own. Their approach to the portraiture, lighting and staging was artistic and innovative; as much about the artistic process as the subjects themselves. Over time due to a number of factors this focus on artistry was lost, replaced by the type of imagery that proved more popular, commercial and lucrative.

Today artists of the genre like Mario Testino and Sue Bryce are returning to a more contemporary, creative and artistic approach to portraiture, signalling a return to the past whilst simultaneously moving the field forward in leaps and bounds.

Testino in particular creates individual pieces of art whose work has graced everything from glossy magazines, advertisements and billboards to the collections of major museums and galleries. If you have ever flicked through the pages of Vogue or Vanity Fair and been captivated by the striking imagery blending fashion, beauty and modern glamour you have probably encountered the work of Testino. He is one part of the modern resurgence of glamour photography that calls on all the hallmarks of the past to capture images that are beautiful, striking and timeless. Testino’s iconic Vanity Fair shoot of Princess Diana shortly before her death in 1997 is testament to the enduring quality of glamour photography to capture a moment in time and preserve it for posterity’s sake.

Princess Diana by Mario Testino

(Princess Diana by Mario Testino)

Bryce’s style centres on the empowerment of women. She uses her art as a vehicle to explore the beauty that lies within all women, this she states is her goal. Her approach to glamour photography is inspired by fashion and couture clothing, and uses these to enhance the natural beauty of her subjects. What Bryce is able to create are individual works of art, pieces that can stand alone as captivating, enduring and glamorous masterpieces all of their own. Her models if you can call them that are those everyday women, mothers, grandmothers, daughters, wives and partners who are transformed through her contemporary brand of portraiture.

This is the reality of much of the glamour industry today, photographers aim to accentuate a woman’s beauty in a classy and sophisticated fashion.
Modern glamour portraiture photography is the closest that most women will get to looking and feeling like the women that they see in the pages of magazines and websites. For the busy mother or career woman the images in these places seem so far removed from their reality and experience, they find it hard to envision themselves looking like that. A glamour photography session today is a wonderful blend of fashion, beauty, and fun. It is fun that is at the heart of good modern glamour photography. It allows any woman to transform herself
for a day into a model. It allows any woman the chance to embrace her body and her beauty and capture that forever in images.

Boudoir Photography

“Lingerie is my next love after clothing; I think it is what is worn underneath
that really inspires a woman to feel beautiful in her clothes – that inner, secret

-Alice Temperley

Glamour photography originated in the golden years of Hollywood as a byproduct of the publication machines of the major commercial studios as they looked to market their major commodities, their stars – the actors and actresses that would define the era. Over time
portrait artists would seek to create idols of their subjects; living, breathing embodiments of style, elegance, beauty and glamour. As the glamour photography grew and adapted to society’s expectations and appetites a new and exciting photographic style
emerged as an offshoot of glamour; boudoir photography.

A modern boudoir photography shoot is a blend of intimate, romantic and sexy where any woman can transform herself into a desirable lingerie model. One of the major differences of the boudoir style is that the women who commission these images are normally far removed from lives of glitz and glamour. They are mothers, daughters, grandmothers. They are the working women who want to experience and capture their own sensuality. For many women this is a private expression of their own femininity, captured for themselves or given as intimate gifts to a partner.

One of the modern glamour photographic maestros specialising in boudoir photography is Christa Meola and she describes a modern boudoir shoot as being about ‘transformation’. She goes on to explain, that a boudoir shoot is ‘for each woman to recognise her individual beauty, provide an opportunity for her to break through her comfort zone, honor her body, and celebrate femininity.’

Christa Meola boudoir image

(Image by Christa Meola)

“Cultivating sex appeal and looking great naked is not about crash dieting or Photoshop, but rather is about a woman’s attitude, confidence, playful personality, and feeling good in her own skin.”
– Christa Meola

Boudoir photography gets its name from the French word for bedroom and here in lies the allure of boudoir photography, it takes the sensual, intimate elements of the bedroom that normally remain behind closed doors and captures them on film.

A modern boudoir photoshoot will capture intimate and romantic images of the subject in a tasteful and classy way, it is reliant more on suggestive intimacy rather than the overt or obvious. Where erotic imagery generally involves nudity, boudoir photography typically involves lingerie and implied nudity. As the model is typically also the person commissioning the portraits they are only ever exposed to the degree that they feel comfortable. They are able to guide the process and be dictated by their own limits and boundaries.

This type of photoshoot revolves around fantasy making for the person or people sitting and then later for the person viewing these intimate images. These final images are often kept for personal use or given as a beautiful and timeless gift to a loved one. The gift in turn gives the sitter the ability to know and recognise her own beauty, to celebrate her body, her spirit and her femininity.

Make no mistake glamour photography is experiencing a renaissance. Today glamour is back in new and exciting ways. Whether the shoot be a modern take on traditional glamour, a contemporary art and fashion inspired work of art or a sexy boudoir shoot modern glamour
photographers have something for everybody. Gone are the daggy days of the 80’s and in their place is a modern brand of photography that calls on all of the glitz and glamour of the golden years of Hollywood with a modern flavour all of its own. The best part is that modern
glamour is for everyone. From the pro model featured on glossy pages, to the curvaceous career woman, plain-Jane or busy mother, a modern glamour shoot has the ability for any woman to look and feel beautiful, sexy and confident.

The History of Glamour Photography

The History of Glamour Photography

Greta Garbo hollywood glamour

(Greta Garbo, photo by Ruth Harriet Louise)

A young Greta Garbo lays effortlessly within the frame. Her legs are angled to a point and her body twists and curves slightly upwards at the hip. Her dress fits her frame perfectly leaving a trail of feathers and beads. She looks directly at the camera. Her arms are outstretched beckoning the viewer to look closer. Look a little longer. She is all that appears. The white of her limbs shot in stark contrast against the completely black background. She is beautiful. She is alluring. She is glamorous.

There is something special about these images. The images that speak of the Golden-age of Hollywood. They are black and white, but are vivid in a way that other photography is not. What they lack in digital quality and resolution they make up for in their almost universal appeal and the story that they tell. They speak a language of memory, they induce waves of nostalgia. Their power lies in their ability to conjure images of times gone by, they are immediately both alive and timeless.


When you close your eyes and think of Hollywood glamour or the Golden Age of Cinema perhaps your mind wanders to the iconic images of femme fatales and sirens, Garbo, Davies, Hepburn or Crawford. Perhaps you think of those
handsome leads, Keaton, Bogart or Gable.


Wherever the mind wanders it remembers in black and white. It calls on the collective body of work that we refer to as early glamour photography. Your memory whether conscious of the connection or not almost certainly draws on the extensive bodies of work of two of the early pioneers of glamour photography, Americans Ruth Harriet Louise and George Hurrell.


These two loom large as the preeminent artists of the 1920s and 30s whose images and iconography are synonymous with Hollywood and glamour. The multi million dollar modern glamour industry owes a great debt to these two artists, whose work helped to forge a path forward, to establish and legitimise the glamour photography industry.

The Early Pioneers of Glamour Photography


Both Ruth Harriet Louise and George Hurrell arrived in Hollywood in the same year, 1925. This was a pivotal time in the Golden-age of cinema. The first ‘talkie’, a full sound film, ‘The Jazz Singer’ (1927) was just around the corner and this advancement along with the improvement in production equipment meant that the movie landscape was about to explode and ultimately change forever.


MGM ( Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) famously advertised that it was the studio with ‘more stars than there are in heaven’. These stars were larger than life figures who represented an escape from the harsh realities of life in the Depression Era into the world of glitz and glamour that was Hollywood.


It was Hurrell and Louise’s photographs and portraits that captured this glamourous other world and it was their images that were circulated to millions of moviegoers, magazine and newspaper readers, around the world each year.


Ruth Harriet Louise

Ruth Harriet Louise

(Ruth Harriet Louise, Self portrait)

Movies, before the introduction of the video recorder and later the DVD and now the digital content stored in the cloud were typically seen by a member of the public only once or twice. The film’s stars lingered long in the memories of moviegoers thanks to the still shots, portraits and promotional material that accompanied a film and not solely through the fleeting images people saw on the screen.
Over the course of her short career at MGM from 1925 to 1929, Louise captured an incredible 100,000 stock images. The vast majority of her images were shot and used in the direct promotion of the studio’s films during this period but it would be unfair to treat them as secondary to the film, they were integral and critical to the movies’ success.


Hollywood glamour portrait

(Greta Garbo by Ruth Harriet Louise)


The promotion of movies during this period fell almost directly to artists like Ruth Harriet Louise. The cult of celebrity, after all, started at this time through the portrait photograph. These images were then transformed into promotional posters and imagery that filled theatre lobbies, pages in magazines and newspapers and promotional material sent out across the world.


Fans would plaster these images across bedroom walls and fill scrapbooks full of images of their favourite celebrities. Without the iconic photographs of Ruth Harriet Louise we would be without the foundation and cornerstones of what we associate with Hollywood, style, fashion and glamour.
For most of us, we would probably have encountered Louise’s work, if at all, through reproductions. She was the photographer to the best known 1920’s film stars like Joan Crawford, Buster Keaton, Norma Shearer and Greta Garbo. These iconic faces featured in Hollywood histories and celebrity biographies that defined an era were shot for the most part by Ruth Harriet Louise.


Her natural style was typified by painstaking framing and composition of her subject as well as the ethereal and angelic qualities she captured within her female stars. She creatively played with lighting and shadow to reveal a depth of character and to enhance the beauty and allure of the stars she captured. Her photography oozed an elegance and sophistication that adds to the timeless nature of her work.


Vintage glamour portrait

(Joan Crawford by Ruth Harriet Louise)


Louise’s work was pivotal in shaping MGM into the most important studio in Hollywood. MGM’s success was due to the fact that they had the most powerful publicity machine in the film industry and Louise’s images and iconography were what fed that machine. Her photographs bear witness to the early ages of celebrity when a single photograph was everything and a star’s career could be made, or broken, by a single picture.


George Hurrell

George Hurrell glamour photographer

(George Hurrell)

At the same time that Ruth Harriet Louise was working shooting Hollywood’s elite another artist was making a name for himself. George Hurrell diverged from the cool elegance of Louise’s style and began to forge his own romantic and glamourous portraits that would become his own trademark style, the ‘Hurrell style’ of glamour photography.


Hurrell’s unique style of portraiture marked a departure from the type of imagery from those who came before him.
Hurrell is recognised as establishing the gold standard for the idealised Hollywood glamour portrait. Many of the trademarks of the ‘Hurrell style’ are the foundations and guiding principles that modern glamour relies upon to this day. His work forms the bedrock of what the average person associates with the term glamour photography andhis legacy lives on in this way long after his death.


For example, Hurrell was responsible for making the close-up an inextricable and defining component of glamour photography. Hurrell also introduced a bold and exciting new look to the genre, immediately sexier and more seductive. He used a mixture of clear focus, shadow, contrast and seductive and languorous poses to catapult the Hollywood glamour portrait into the hearts and minds of the average person.

Hollywoood glamour portrait

(Joan Crawford by George Hurrell)


His style was also innovative in his use and application of lighting. He invented the boom light and made precision lighting, spotlights and heavy shadow his signature. Hurrell sculpted his subjects’ faces with light and shadow, using an easily movable boom light that he modeled on a boom microphone, to illuminate cheekbones and create shadows under the eyes and nose. This shadowing and soft lighting added a sense of intimacy and intrigue that was not typically seen in Hollywood glamour photography prior.


Hollywood glamour

(Jane Russell by George Hurrell)

Most significantly Hurrell was able to reshape and redefine what it meant to be glamorous. He achieved this by turning his subjects into idealised versions of humanity, the living embodiments of glamour. His subjects, the stars of Hollywood became more remote and untouchable, idols to be adored and worshipped. His images have the type of seductive power and allure that have come to define glamour photography today.

The Vision of Hurrell and Louise


The true artistry of Ruth Harriet Louise and George Hurrell can be found in their eye for composition. Both of these artists took the photograph and elevated it beyond the ordinary or mundane. They were able to make photography beautiful and alluring and above all else they were able to create glamour through their lense. Both artists were able to showcase the inherent beauty of their subjects and allowed this to shine off the page.


In the process the two simultaneously helped to create and shape society’s expectations of beauty, fashion, glamour and prestige. This is the true genius of their vision.


Also significant is the understanding that Hurrell and Louise had of their unique place in time and history. The two artists were uniquely placed at a time where America entered into the dark hours of the Great Depression. At a time where unemployment skyrocketed and people were losing their homes and a general sense of dread and fear for the future clouded people’s day to day lives Hollywood shone brightly as a beacon of hope, and prosperity.


Hurrell and Louise as well as the studios and clients that they worked for understood the need for the average American to escape the grim reality of their circumstances, even if only fleetingly. Hurrell and Louise understood the power that they held and the ability that they had to create idealised visions of humanity that would speak of better times ahead. Through the lens they were able to create an image of America that spoke of prosperity, prestige and glamour in a time where the reality differed greatly.


Former United States President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt summed up this sentiment when he said, “During the Depression, when the spirit of the people is lower than at any other time, it is a splendid thing that for just 15 cents an
American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles.”


It was the photography of Hurrell and Louise that helped to commodify this important brand of escapism, packaging stars as idols and symbols of hope in a brighter and better tomorrow.

Innocence Lost


The Golden Age of cinema of the 1920s and 1930s that bore the type of glamour photography synonymous with Louise and Hurrell gave way to a more liberal and sexualised form of glamour photography in the 1940s. Publishers of glamour photography were forced to meet the growing demand of their audience for increasingly seductive and provocative images, far removed from the relative innocence of the decades prior.


The associations with seduction and sexuality forged in this era have also endured and form yet another cornerstone of modern glamour photography today. Models like Bettie Page and Rita Hayworth helped to ease attitudes towards nudity and sex as glamour photography became increasingly risqué and overtly sexual.


Pin up glamour

(Bettie Page by Irving Klaw)


This new form of liberated glamour photography now focused largely on the female body as a source of attraction and temptation and was immediately more mischievous and playful. This progression away from innocence was marked from Louise to Hurrell and then into the type of glamour photography produced in the 1940s.


One of the chief artists working throughout the 1940s and 1950s was Bruno Bernard who moved glamour photography forward immortalising the ‘pin-up’ style of photography that is still popular today.


A German born photographer who moved to California in 1937 Bernard was able to open his own successful studio on Sunset Boulevard. This marked a major departure from the days of earlier photographers who were employed solely by the major Hollywood studios enabling both the photographer and the celebrity to gain greater control of the types of images they were creating.


Amongst his clientele were the likes of Clark Gable, Gregory Peck, John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Lucille Ball and Marilyn Monroe.


Bruno Bernard who became known simply as Bernard of Hollywood’s biggest successes came with his connection with a young Hollywood hopeful named Norma Jean. It was his initial photographs that catapulted the young girl who would later become Marilyn Monroe into the spotlight and national consciousness. He shot Marilyn in candid poses even capturing one of her first nude shoots that emphasised her femininity and heightened her beauty and sex appeal.

Marylin Monroe

(Marilyn Monroe by Bruno Bernard)

Today Bernard is remembered as the man who mastered the art of pin-up photography and has left a lasting legacy on the glamour photography industry. Aspects of his defining style have become synonymous with the glamour shot and have become part of the fabric of the genre.


He is attributed with being the pioneer of the portrait style, ‘the posed candid’. Here Bernard would film the subject in more casual, everyday settings aimed at capturing a moment rather than creating one. He was on the set of ‘The Seven Year Itch’ in 1955 to catch the iconic candid ‘flying dress’ shot that defines Hollywood and glamour.


Another feature of his style that stems from his directorial approach to photography evident in this shot is the ‘elongated leg.’ Bernard himself wrote in his diary that, ‘ photographers can create a similar illusion by elongating the legs from a low perspective, but not so low as to distort the proportions of the head too much,’ which demonstrates the exacting precision and skill he exercised in creating the perfect shot. The elongated leg, wrapped in a beautiful heel that seems to stretch on and on is one of the hallmarks of Bernard’s style of glamour photography that has endured and continues to be a major part of glamour photography today.

Monroe by Bruno Bernard

(Marilyn Monroe by Bruno Bernard)

Both ‘the posed candid’ and the ‘elongated leg’ are indelible marks of Bernard’s on the glamour photography industry.


Glamour Photography Today

Glamour photography as a term and as a style of photography is hard to pin down and define easily. It is because the genre is one with a deep historical and cultural legacy with a rich and diverse tapestry of images and iconography woven into it through generations and decades of images in this style.


It is simultaneously beautiful and alluring, sexy and provocative, fascinating and captivating and elegant and glamorous all at once. The fact that it can be all these things is a testament to the rich history of the genre and the early pioneers of the form. The fact that the glamour portrait is still as popular today as ever is testament to its enduring qualities. The glamour photograph is important today in recognising individual beauty and ultimately celebrating femininity.


Today glamour photography is the domain of a vast cross section of society and its uses range considerably from high end fashion labels, advertising companies, glossy magazines to the regular woman who might produce boudoir portraits for personal use and private enjoyment.


Boudoir photography as an offshoot of traditional glamour photography is one way that the form has evolved over time. The boudoir shoot also celebrates the feminine mystique, highlighting the beauty and allure of women’s bodies using many of the tried and tested methods of glamour photography throughout the decades.


Today modern glamour photography and boudoir photography is about creating a fantasy. It calls on the iconic imagery and power of the stars who sat in front of the camera beforehand, it evokes a sense of elegance, sophistication, beauty and glamour that lies in the associations with the past.


Today for a brief moment, a fleeting instance, any woman can become a glamour model, in front of the camera, creating her own piece of magic.
As for those early years of glamour photography – the years of Ruth Harriet Louise, George Hurrell and Bruno Bernard – their legacy lives on. This is in evidence in the retro glamour shoots still in proliferation today, the popularity of the pin-up style and in the modern divas, the Dita Von Teese’s of the world.
Without the iconic work of these and other early pioneers in the genre who knows what our definitions of
beauty, elegance and glamour would be today.



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Which one is your favourite?

Here are five before/afters we have picked for you to choose from (we shot a lot of young women recently). Comment below with the name of your favourite one. All participants will also be rewarded with a gift voucher that entitles them to a free glamour makeover and a two hour fully guided photoshoot in our heritage listed studio in Midland. Just send us an e-mail to admin@mikebeltrametti.com.au or fill out the contact form and the voucher will be on its way. Thank you in advance for your participation!


Anna is a Polish born Relationship and Contract officer by profession. She has also been acting as a supporting actress in student films, music videos as well as a web series and a charity advert since 2009. Anna gained a series of speaking roles in local independent films too. Doesn’t she look like an actress?

Glamour portraits Perth


Blainy is a young Australian woman with roots in Zimbabwe. She is studying to be a nurse. Love how her makeup matches the blue of the traditional dress and her purple hair!


Jay is a lovely, gorgeous woman and a mother of a beautiful model who happens to be a math genius. She also has a son. Both her children are neuroatypical and very creative. Sorry for the blurry before shot (courtesy of Jay).

Glamour photography Perth WA


We photographed Valerii on a number of occasions. She is an artistic person with many talents amongst which are cooking, baking and painting. She has an eye for detail and decided to do her own makeup for this outdoor glamour shoot.

Glamour photography Perth


Rayana is from Sudan and wants to become a model. We had a great time photographing for her modeling portfolio and got some awesome photos of this Nubian princess.

11 memorable events in your life you will wish you captured in photographs

Professional photography is not just for your wedding day. Here is my list of eleven events in your life you will wish you captured in photographs. 

1. You in the flush of youth 

“Oh, sweet youth, how soon it fades! Sweet joys of youth, how fleeting” (Thomas Moore).

Youth is beautiful but very brief and capturing that beauty professionally is something every woman wishes she had done. Those mobile phone pictures just don’t do women justice.

I understand that few young adults can afford a professional photoshoot on their own so sharing a shoot with mum or with a couple of friends can bring the cost down. You can always ask for a deal.

The flush of youth is an ephemeral time in our lives and should definitely be captured in nice photographs before the worries of adult life leave their permanent mark on the face. This is my number one life event that must be photographed and preserved forever.

2. Those first months of your budding love

Falling in love is the most exciting thing that can happen to us! That incredible feeling of loving and being loved, especially the first couple of months when you are still swooning, is definitely worth capturing. Those adoring gazes is something we all wish we could have caught in photos even if it is just to remind him or her how much you once worshiped each other.

We can all dream of keeping that kind of love for our whole life! Surprise your love with a photoshoot. There is no better way to keep your relationship strong than by being fresh. Keep surprising each other!

3. Your engagement

Engagement photography is something many miss out on in favour of a wedding photographer. It is less formal but just as beautiful. Going out into nature and doing a beautiful shoot on the beach or amongst the trees or at a garden or any other place you love to hang out together really lets photographers create timeless images of your young love. Professional pics of him on his knees or however he pops the greatest question of all, is priceless. Use these photos to make the announce to your family and friends.

4. Your pregnancy

Women never look as full and flushed and gorgeous as when they are creating Life! Those beautiful artsy maternity shots you so love are totally doable even if you do not feel beautiful yourself. My wife brought three children into this world and I know about the discomforts women experience during their pregnancy.

Trust me years down the track you will be happy that you captured this precious time in your life and be grateful for the lovely photos you have.

5. The first month with your newborn

Those first weeks of being with the newborn are perfect for capturing amazing baby photos.

Newborns are mostly sleeping and let photographers pose them and dress them in cute clothes all whilst looking extremely serene. These photos will always put a smile on your face and warm your heart! So don’t forget to book a photoshoot for the first month of your baby’s life.

6. Your young family

Time flies for us all and it is by how fast our kids sprout that we realise how fleeting life is and how precious and short our time together. Don’t regret not booking a professional photoshoot with your family to capture your quirkiness or to do a lifestyle shoot and tie you all together in your uniqueness.

7. Before they fly the nest (your teens)

They want to be hanging out with us less and less as they enter into young adulthood. They have their own thing going on now and we cease to be cool. We may even be fighting with them a bit more nowadays but having one thing that we can do together to create a lasting memory is something they and us will never forget.

A photoshoot is a beautiful way to bond with your daughter at least. Boys are mostly lukewarm about photoshoots but a mother daughter shoot is a perfect way to show your love and acknowledge her budding womanhood. Of course if you can still compel your teens to join the whole family in a photoshoot you will not have to wait too many years before you look on them with tears in your eyes.

8. Your 50 and fabulous

“Happily there exists more than one kind of beauty. There is the beauty of infancy, the beauty of youth; the beauty of maturity, and, believe me, ladies and gentlemen, the beauty of age”. (George Augustus Henry Sala)

Women always do a photoshoot either as young girls or as young women but what about as mature women? They still have so much beauty plus more confidence, wisdom and understanding than ever. This is the time to do the 50 and fabulous shoot and rediscover just how beautiful you still are. Too many forget that fact amongst the raising of family, running of relationships and business as they steer the ship through the storms of life.

It’s time to remember yourself! Pamper yourself with a beautifully tailored photoshoot that will prove to you there are still a lot of great times ahead!

9. You with grandchildren

Kids and babies are such a joy, especially if you can give them back! Seeing the next generation come along and knowing you are in them, your eyes, mouth or even mannerisms makes you fall in love with the little rascals.

Having photos with your grandparents is something we all need. I loved my grandparents and I wish I had photos with them to go with the memories and the stories about them I hear at family gatherings. My nonno was a real character and I loved him dearly yet no photo of me and him exists anywhere. Don’t let that happen to you.

10. Reinventing yourself

Having to start over again can be daunting, even scary. Doing it in style gives you the confidence to step out into the world anew and own it. Be it a break up, a crisis, a new beginning of any kind really, if you are unhappy where you were then a fresh start can work wonders for your morale. Go find that new dress, get your makeup done, style your hair, capture it in beautiful photos and hang them on your wall to remind yourself every day that you are fabulous and that you deserve to be happy.

11. Possessions (for men or women)

When you slave and save for years to buy yourself that dream car, boat or motorbike then you should organise a professional to take those slick high-key shots of you with your dream-machine.

A photo of you squatting next to your Harley-Davidson, lit up with two Profoto flashes to overpower the sun, looks absolutely magnificent! Or your polished beast with a model leaning up against it, good enough for a calendar!  Capture your pride and joy and put it on your wall.


There are many moments in life that are worth photographing. People use mobile phones to capture the first steps of their child, their good times with friends, birthday parties etc. But some life events need to be taken to the next level and photographed by a professional.

Did any events described above resonate with you? What would be your top 3 events to be professionally captured?


Fears that stop women from booking a photoshoot

Top 5 fears of photoshoots

Let’s face it, women are very hard on themselves when it comes to their appearance, no matter what their age is. I know as I’m hard on myself too.  I don’t like the bags under my eyes due to lack of sleep, the acne scars on my cheeks an inheritance from my teenage years, and the appearing wrinkles on my face (I’m 32 by the way).

We all have something we are not happy about, right? For some women it’s easier to accept the changes in their body for others it’s not. But even though I’m not happy with the certain aspects of myself I still like being photographed under controlled lighting conditions.

I made a deal with my husband Mike. Every year on my birthday he is going to photograph me in the studio. That way we can capture the changes in my appearance throughout the years. 🙂 It will be interesting to go through those photos when we are old.

We photograph a lot of women and all of them have some insecurities. I’ve prepared a list of the top five reasons why women avoid professional photographers or cameras all together and how we help them overcome their barriers.

 The most common fears of photoshoots are:

  1. “I’m not photogenic”. We hear this a lot. When you show women nice photos of other women their first reaction is “Beautiful but I will never look like that!”

    My answer to this is; there is no such thing as being unphotogenic. Anyone can look amazing under the right circumstances. And those specific conditions are totally under the control of the photographer and his team -the makeup artist, the hair stylist and the photography assistant who happens to be me. I’m also the in-house stylist who will be guiding you on all the relevant issues before the shoot.

    Being photogenic is something that can be manufactured and it starts with the right wardrobe. No matter how uncouth or stylish you are in real life, when it comes to photography certain things need to be taken into consideration. For instance, plain colors look best in photos. Body hugging garments enhance the S-curve of the female form and work beautifully on skinny and curvy ladies. These are the things I will talk to you about and we will discuss during the initial in person consultation.

    The great wardrobe needs to be complemented by beautiful hair and makeup. We have a makeup guide in the studio for you to choose from but hair is probably the most important part of the equation. Great hair makes any woman look glamorous even with simple makeup.

    The final part of making you look your best (and definitely photogenic) happens during the shoot. Mike uses posing and lighting techniques (some of which I discuss in the next sections) to bring out the best in each woman. The relaxed atmosphere of our little heritage listed studio will put you at ease. And when you are relaxed you connect a lot better with the photographer, that connection is vital and makes for a great photograph.

  2. “I need to lose weight” is another common reason why women don’t want to be photographed. With the right posing, lighting and a bit of post editing curvy women look great on photos too.

    I’m going to shed some light on the tricks we use to slim curvy women on photos.

    One of the things we do is pose bigger women on a 45-90 degree angle to the camera. That technique alone slims down the body straight away. Also leaning women with their upper body towards the camera and dropping the front shoulder down changes the perspective and evens the proportions. In camera the parts of the body that are further away seem smaller.

    Photographing plus sized women at or above eye level and having them tilt the head slightly downward slims their jaw line and, at the same time, the eyes appear bigger.

    Using body hugging clothes (as mentioned above) is important for bigger women too as we want to enhance those gorgeous curves or put them in perspective.

    Props are also a great way to cover some parts of the body that you want to hide. We can use shawls, scarves, hats, jewelry and other things you might have a liking for.

    And of course we use crops and some slight editing after the shoot to enhance certain things that we couldn’t fix with the techniques described above.

    Here is the link to a good article that I found  – “10 steps to posing curvy women – no Photoshop required”. If you are like me and understand the concepts better visually you will enjoy reading this article as it has a few photos illustrating the techniques that we use. You can try these while photographing your family or friends or even on yourself.

  3. “I’m camera shy” or “I get stage fright”. It’s normal for everyone to feel that way but as soon as the camera starts clicking the fear washes away.

    We see it all the time. There is always some tension on women’s faces when the shoot begins and by the time the session is over the women are all at ease and relaxed. That is the reason why Mike picks the best photos from the session starting from the end of the shoot. This is where the best shots are!

    To make you feel more comfortable we offer champagne to relax your nerves and music of your choice to listen to during your photoshoot session. We also chat with you and have a few laughs. So don’t stress, you are not alone!

  4. “I don’t have adequate wardrobe”. If you are worried about your wardrobe, borrow some clothes from your friends, hire, buy or have it tailor made depending on your budget.

    The thing is you do not need an elaborate wardrobe to do a photoshoot. Simple garments that look great on you will work a treat. Of course if you are tired of your old clothes and would like something new (I know how much women enjoy new outfits) then start looking around. Ask your friends if you could borrow some nice clothes from them, hire from a few shops in Perth (just google “clothes hire places in Perth” and a few companies will come up), buy in-store or online or, if you are very particular about what you want, have your garment tailor made.

    If you want to find some classics or some retro items don’t forget to check out second-hand stores . You’ll be surprised to know how many photographers find clothes at second-hand stores like Salvos for their projects.

  5.  “It is out of my price range”. If money is your concern we have a couple of solutions for you.

    The first one is to pay the photos off over a period of a few months. We all find the money for what we really want. I’ve spent years paying off things I could not really afford but just had to have.

    The second option is to book a mini session that lasts 30 minutes. We have set dates and locations when on the same day between 10 and 12 clients come with their hair and makeup done and each shoots for 30 minutes with one change of clothes. For $350 you get six professionally retouched photos on a USB. This is the only time (at this stage) that we offer digital files on their own for sale. To learn more just contact Mike on 0401 849 596, send us an e-mail to admin@mikebeltrametti.com.au or fill out this contact form.

Hope this article helped you in some way. If you fear something that I haven’t mentioned here please let me know by commenting below. I would like to know your thoughts!

Photoshoot sessions for curvy girls!

Photoshoot sessions for curvy girls

Photoshoot sessions for curvy girls!

Curvy ladies stop hiding from the camera! Come and do a photoshoot with us, you have nothing to loose. If you are conscious about your body size or shape do NOT worry.

During our private pre-shoot consultation we will discuss your worries (and address them), how and where you would like to be photographed, what to wear and other things that will ensure a successful outcome of the photoshoot.

We take it seriously. You are the centre of our focus and our aim is to make you feel and look the best. During the photoshoot session we use posing and lighting techniques that are flattering to women of all ages, shapes and sizes. You will love the photos of yourself!

Still worried? Rest assured our service comes with a satisfaction guarantee! If for some reason you are not happy with the results we will re-shoot for free or give you your money back. Seriously, there is nothing to loose! Make a day out of it! Bring a friend!

Come and enjoy the music of your choice, drinks, nibbles, professional makeover and a friendly chat with our team members followed by the fully guided photoshoot session in a relaxed atmosphere.

If you would like to learn more about the process visit our glamour page.

We also have some specials on. If you are interested in a glamour or boudoir shoot we can offer a full makeover, photoshoot and one of your favourite prints (8×12″ size) for $95 with no obligation to purchase any extra photos. More details are here.

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“Be confident in the skin you are in, because that is the only body you will ever have, the only place that will ever be solely yours. Even if you will never be as skinny as those super models, or the beauty who makes everyone stare, you can be beautiful in your own way. And you have to accept that, and own it.” (Deejae Harper)