The photos we leave behind may be the only way for future generations to see the styles and personalities we bear. That’s why the professional makeup artists and photographers at Glamour Shots strive to capture the true essence of a person with their shoots. Whether commemorating a milestone event or a successful trip to the grocery store, each session begins with the shop’s signature full airbrush and style makeover, which works to prevent unwanted shine while imparting a chic aesthetic. Makeup artists tailor looks to the purpose of the shoot, imparting children with a red-cheeked glow and boudoir subjects with a dark, seductive color palette.
Photographers encourage everyone to bring a few outfits and props from home, allowing them to give each photo shoot an individualized touch without snapping close-ups of their subjects’ fingerprints. Clients get to see the photos immediately so they can approve the looks and order their favorite shots in the form of pictures, phone cases, or calendars. A professional lab then prints out the chosen items using a range of color finishes—including colorization to make one color pop and the company's signature Glamour Touch retouching—onto made-to-last Kodak paper.
The professional photographers at Schneider Studios invite ladies to a repurposed vintage firehouse for artfully choregraphed private photoshoots in front of dozens of backdrops. During boudoir sessions, subjects don their favorite lingerie, vintage-inspired pin-up wear, or curve-embracing straightjackets and practice their best come-hither looks as a talented shutterbug flashes the camera. Great for birthdays and bachelorette parties, the girls’ night out package unites gals in Schneider’s spacious lobby outfitted with makeup stations and an area for serving bring-your-own cake and beverages. Photographers snap group pictures and individual shots amid backdrops of stained-glass windows, black walls, and retro pink couches, and pictures can share various themes such as “sexy,” “pin-up,” or “pin the tail on the donkey.” After the flashbulbs dim down, a photo-viewing session allows subjects to select their favorite snapshots for one digital image per person, or discounted bundles (not included in this Groupon).
At The Collective Photo, a talented team of skilled shutterbugs channels past experience shooting celebs including Ashley Tisdale and Hayley Williams of the band Paramore during creativity-infused one-hour photo shoots. After gathering up photogenic friends or family members, customers can choose an in-studio session or meet on location at an area home, picturesque park, or deserted rock quarry. The Collective Photo welcomes as many subjects as poses demand, with shoots pausing for up to two outfit changes, saving customers the trouble of choosing between traditional attire or a functioning space suit. After the appointment, subjects peruse the proofs and pick one to have masterfully retouched and immortalized in physical print form.
Belle Amie Studios’ travelling trio of shutterbugs, led by owner and photographer Melissa Olsen, journeys to beaches, piers, homes, and parks to snap shots of families and couples. The team believes that natural light and natural smiles make great pictures, and keeps sessions fun and relaxed to bring out the easy grins it seeks. In addition to outdoor portraiture, the photographers offer their skills to brides-to-be for engagement-party shoots, wedding days, wedding showers, and practice pretend weddings.
Yuen Lui Studio, a family-owned photography business specializing in individual and family portraits, has been creating photographic heirlooms since 1947. With your 20- to 30-minute photo session ($30), get your soul captured indoors at Yuen Lui's studio, boasting 16 background options, or let nature provide the backdrop at Aliso Beach's outdoor picture-taking spots. Up to eight people can appear in the shoot (additional subjects will incur an extra cost), making this deal an ideal opportunity to upgrade the framed family photos that have been hanging in your parents’ home for the past 600 years. Now that you aren’t riddled with acne or plagued with a six-year-old’s gummy smile, split the cost with your sibs and surprise your folks with a more up-to-date snapshot just in time for the holidays.