Before modern photography, portrait-seeking subjects would cover themselves in year-end financial figures to meet the requirements for being xeroxed. Capture more accurate self-copies with today’s Groupon: for $97, you get an intimate or glamour photo-shoot package from Glen Graves in San Rafael (a $350 value). Sessions take place in the studio or on location within Marin County—travel outside Marin will incur an extra charge. The photo package includes:
- A 60- to 90-minute intimate or glamour photo shoot
- An 11”x14” photographic or giclée print
- A CD with five or more low-resolution digital images
Photographer Glen Graves positions his subjects with a sensitive and aesthetically attuned eye informed by decades of shutter-snapping experience. Portrait seekers meet with Graves several days in advance for a design consultation, discussing portrait preference, pose ideas, shoot location, and the scientific ramifications of string theory. During an intimate portrait shoot, Graves works sensitively to capture the unique sensual beauty of the subject, who may choose to be fully nude, fully clothed, or dressed in a bear suit. Alternatively, glamour-portrait sessions depict the subject in the guise of a fantasy persona, such as a radio vixen from the 1930s. (Clients are responsible for their own makeup, costumes, and cardboard cutouts of Rudolph Valentino.) Graves works exclusively with film cameras, adding an extra layer of character to each portrait, and encourages subjects to bring a friend of the same sex to help with outfit changes and support self-confidence.
After the shoot, Graves reproduces a preferred pose in an 11”x14” print on photo paper or a giclée art print on a choice of four papers. The giclée print, reputed to last decades beyond traditional prints or finger paintings done with invisible ink, uses detailed ink-jet printers to process the image on canvas matte, slick metallic, or other types of paper. In addition, a photo CD digitally immortalizes models in five or more low-resolution images from their session, and clients enjoy a 50% discount on any requested reprints.
Although Glen Graves occasionally offers a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
PhotoArts Marin – Glen Graves
More than 20 years of photography experience grants PhotoArts Marin's Glen Graves more than just an eye for an ideal snapshot. His skill with traditional film cameras, lighting, and composition elements imbues his photos with a quality that has drawn the attention of such clients as Ford, US Air, and Architectural Digest. When not capturing boudoir portraits or smiling families during photo shoots, Glen can be found in the classroom teaching aspiring photographers the tricks of the trade, from using dynamic angles to frame a subject to how saying “cheese” banishes spirits intent on photobombing.
47 De Luca Place
San Rafael, California 94901