The best photographers rise to the top by practicing, while second-best photographers rise to the top by shooting blackmail photos of the first-best. Snap like a champ with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a one-hour photo session with an airbrush makeover and hairstyling (a $19.95 value), a slideshow presentation of the shots (a $50 value), an 8"x10" print (a $29.95 value), eight wallet prints (a $29.95 value), and a digital image (a $25 value) from Glamour Shots in Jeffersontown (a $159.85 value including processing fees).
The expert image-extractors at Glamour Shots lead photo sessions while generously sharing ample directorial power with their solo or group subjects. The photographers offer experience and guidance for your photo shoot of 24–30 poses, ensuring the resulting pictures are free of elbows poking out the corner of the frame. Bring two or three enticing wardrobe ensembles and, if you like, a group of up to five friends or family (only one person receives the airbrushing) and convey your ideas to the featured photographer, Beth Finley, so she can help bring them to life. Props such as the newspaper featuring your victory at the Jam Recipe Throwdown or a pair of sexy, fingerless gardening gloves are encouraged.
The session also includes hairstyling by a professional cosmetologist and an airbrush makeover for one photographee, mitigating the appearance of blemishes and highlighting the arch of your St. Louis skyline tattoo. Video proofs are available immediately after each session, and shutterbug subjects select their favorite pose to plaster onto an 8"x10" traditional color portrait, eight wallet prints, and a 72-dpi digital Internet image perfect for posting to Facebook or emailing to friends. Glamour Shots image-trappers create a slideshow of all shots from the entire session set to music. Once the photo-visual materials are processed, they can be picked up for free or shipped for an extra $5 to your door, where family, friends, and portraits with a ubiquitous gaze may look upon your digitally arrested image.
While the fraternity brethren milled about parties discussing Jack Kerouac and sipping cheap lagers, Jack Counts was busy working. In the late 60s, the entrepreneurial college student carved out a niche snapping his shutter during fraternity parties and selling prints dubbed Party Pics to members. Over time, Counts spread his business across multiple campuses, photographing graduation ceremonies and special events and processing the prints in his own lab, Candid Color Systems. With Glamour Shots, Counts’ business yet again expanded from special-events photography to include portrait shoots with an emphasis on flattering female subjects.
At each Glamour Shots shoot, a brigade of expert shutterbugs and cosmetologists gets subjects ready for their close-ups with style-enhancing makeovers and photo shoots that result in high-quality pictures and prints. After a personal consultation with the styling team, clients undergo an airbrushing treatment and hair sculpting. Depending on their package, models strike up to 30 poses, quick-changing into different outfits to capture a spectrum of looks, from professional career woman to professional career woman in a bear costume.
Clients pour over proofs immediately after their session, and a professional lab generates each print on quality Kodak paper within 10 to 12 days after the session, with touchup services available to display pristine complexions. Shots are available in a variety of product forms, including prints, calendars, photo books, and canvas wraps. To ensure that none of the photos evaporates from living memory, a slideshow presentation houses the proofs of the entire day's shoot and sets it to music or field recordings of yaks performing Beethoven.