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.