How to take glamour photos at home

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How to take glamour photos at home
Capture your beauty in a glamour photo. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Glamour photos are meant to display the beauty of the individual. There are a number of ways glamour shots are taken: in a natural setting, in front of a backdrop or with props. Proper hairstyling, cosmetics application and lighting are integral to high-quality glamour shots, as they enhance the beauty of the photo's subject. While some people may look to professional hairstylists, make-up artists and photographers to take their glamour photos, a less expensive option is to take your own at home.

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Things you need

  • Cosmetics
  • Hair styling tools
  • Clothing items
  • Jewellery
  • Accessories
  • Camera

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    Find two or three locations at your house to use as a background for the photos. The background should be simple such as a blank wall or a bench outside. Keep lighting in mind when selecting a location. If you do not have a blank wall or backyard, try hanging a plain sheet on a wall.

  2. 2

    Use your choice of cosmetics to enhance your natural beauty. Lipstick, blush, eyeshadow and mascara are commonly used for glamour shots.

  3. 3

    Style your hair. If you prefer straight hair, use a flat iron to create a smooth, shiny look. For a voluminous hairstyle, use a curling iron for curls.

  4. 4

    Put on clothing that makes you feel more appealing, confident and comfortable. Clothing items for photos should be solid colours so that they do not distract from your face.

  5. 5

    Add jewellery and accessories to fit your preference. Necklaces, earrings and a belt are simple accessories that can dress-up your photos.

  6. 6

    Set the automatic timer setting on your camera and place it on a sturdy desk or table across from where you intend to pose. If your camera does not have an automatic timer setting, have a friend or family member operate the camera.

  7. 7

    Take photos with a variety of different poses so that you have options to choose from. Also, try switching some of the accessories and background locations to create different looks.

Tips and warnings

  • Be creative with hair, cosmetics, accessories and jewellery to make yourself look and feel as glamorous as possible. For inspiration, look through beauty and fashion magazines.

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