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Being a Male Glamour Photographer

Sue Bryce

Portrait Startup

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33. Being a Male Glamour Photographer

Lesson Info

Being a Male Glamour Photographer

Now I told you, in hindsight, I added a segment today because I saw all the feedback that was coming online, and a lot of the feedback that was coming online had to do with how I would've counted what all of the mentors were also presenting with you on Thursday. And one of the things that came back repeatedly, maybe about eight times, was how much of an estrogen fest it was to have nine mentors that were women. And somebody wrote, are any of the men coming through in glamor photography? Have they made it, or can they not make it? Is it just not a man's industry? And I did address this in the first five minutes of the workshop on Wednesday when I said, the first question people are gonna ask is why are they all ladies? We didn't have any men want to volunteer as mentors. A couple of men came through, came through and became quite good and then wanted to teach their own workshops, that's fine. I don't have a problem with male photographers. You remember, I come from 1990, where I started...

, there were only male photographers. So women photographers have differently developed over the last 20 years that I've seen. Boudoir, newborn, glamor. Yes, they're very female-oriented genres, because you don't generally shoot a newborn unless you have a baby. I would never do newborn photography. And Kelly Brown's one of my dearest friends and she just stayed with me, and I said, Kelly, do women without children photograph newborn, or men without children photograph newborn? And she's like, you know what? There's usually one person in the room who doesn't have a child yet, but they're always a female, and they usually are going to have a child, so. No. To answer your question, no, men don't shoot newborn, it seems. And women seem to, and I'm sure there is a few men newborn photographers out there. Do men shoot boudoir? I didn't see any men shoot boudoir. If they did, it was the sort of guys that were doing more page three, or more sexy stuff, as opposed to sort of their boudoir for all females. It was more like guys shooting models. And yeah. Anyway, I'm not gonna use any names or anything like that. They're just, that's what they do, and that's cool. So at the end of the day, men making it as glamor photographers, I said it three times. I was taught by a man. I've said it in every workshop I've ever done. I was taught by a man. If you're telling me that you can't be a glamor photographer because you're a man, that's your block. You know, you have a female makeup artist, a lot of you have wives, bring them in on the shoot. If you feel that you're gonna get more trust and more respect by having a woman in the room with you, put a woman in the room with you. Does it make a difference? No, Russy would've never shot with a woman in the room, he didn't need me in the room. He owned his own space, he owned himself as a photographer, he was also one of the best wedding photographers. Now, a lot of the best wedding photographers in the world are men, and they don't ask if somebody can come in the room with them and the bride. In case what happens? In case you just can't help yourself and have to drop the camera? I mean, what are you saying? I don't understand what you're saying, but that's your block. It's your block and I don't want to hear it anymore. You know, because at the end of the day, just make it work, do what you have to do. If you think it's a trust thing, put trust in place. Everybody, whether you're male or female, when you are photographing someone, they will be at the most vulnerable state they will ever be at in their lives. It doesn't matter what sex you are as a photographer, your job is to make them feel safe. Safe. Not beautiful. Not hot. Not gorgeous. Safe. If you make somebody feel safe, they will relax within your presence. If you make them feel safe, they will drop the guard that is their micro-expression, they will open up their body language, they will bring forward their light, they will shine it for you so you can take beautiful photographs of you, and it is irrelevant what sex you are, or what age you are, or what weight you are, or what education you have from high school. It doesn't matter. So stop giving me BS excuses and start doing it. And that's for you introverts as well.

Class Description

When Sue Bryce taught her first CreativeLive class in 2012, she reinvented the category of glamour photography. That workshop inspired thousands of photographers to create a new kind of portrait photography business.

During this special event, you’ll hear from Sue again and meet nine photographers who changed the trajectory of their business and their lives thanks to inspiration they found in Sue’s CreativeLive classes.

In Portrait Startup, you’ll find out exactly what these photographers did to transform their fledgling photography operations into sophisticated, profitable businesses. You’ll learn about what it takes to build a profitable photography business and Sue will detail the Areas of Mastery required to run and sustain it. 

You’ll learn about:  

  • Cameras & Lighting
  • Studio or Location
  • Website & Portfolio
  • Marketing & Design
  • Social Media & Connection
  • Price & Product
  • Sales & Selling
  • Money Management
Sue will discuss the essential elements for building a successful glamour photography studio and you’ll get specific, tactical insights for doing it yourself.

Each of the guest photographers will share their own unique story of following Sue's business model and they’ll provide intimate details on what they've discovered and what worked (or didn't) for them. Sue will share the secrets behind her wildly effective Reveal Wall and share strategies that guarantee sales while keeping clients happy and eager to refer you to their friends.

If you want to build a photography business that celebrates the beauty inherent in all women, while running a business that provides for you and your family, join Sue Bryce and guests for Portrait Startup and learn how to build a business and life that you love.

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Sandra Sal

How glad I am that I have purchased this course! Sue is just wonderful woman, photographer, business person and life coach. This course is so informative, inspiring, educating and just AMAZING!! Simply a must have! Don't even think "should I get it" just buy it and you will be blown away! I loved every second of it and will keep re watching it many times more! Thank you to Sue, wonderful mentours and Creative Live!!

Laura Captain Photography

As a person that is new to portrait photography and to starting a portrait business, this class has been extremely valuable to me and well worth my time. It is also very helpful to hear from the mentors. I have a lot of respect for Sue, her work and her wisdom. She is genuine, has a passion for her work and has a wealth of information to share. I believe this class will actually allow a person to achieve their goals and build a business. I now feel more knowledgeable and more confident about pursuing a photography business. Thanks so much Sue and thanks to CreativeLive for providing wonderful online education.

Janice S.

i just finished watching this workshop. though i'd seen sue's name on the list of creative live workshops, this is the first one i've done. to me, she is effectively partnering life coaching with photography education. which is awesome. between being an ER nurse for almost 20 years, as well as arriving at my late 40s not unscathed, i can relate to much of what sue has said and would like to think that i'm in a better position to tackle the business of business ownership than i would have been 20 or 30 years ago. the other thing i noticed was hints of rhonda byrne. this may or may not actually be the case, but it seems like it. the power of positive thinking essentially. i loved the whole thing. though i'm not really close to implementing the business practices taught here, i wanted to watch the whole thing before moving on to her glamour photography workshop. i wanted to understand what i would be moving toward as i go through my technical education. i believe i will be adding 28 days to my class list too. thank you sue!