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Private Glamour

Much of my photography is never published—displayed to a “public” audience. This type of work I call “private glamour.” Basically, it’s when I photograph a subject, sometimes affluent, who wants glamour, boudoir, and/or nude photographs of themselves for themselves and sometimes for their other halves.

When a subject retains my services as a photographer, they get more. They get a photographer who will walk them throught the tender process of being photographed for images about themselves done in the privacy of their home, not the shopping mall. The process of the photography itself is just as important as the final images–in fact, many clients feel the process of this type of shoot is in fact more powerful the looking at the images afterwards.

Not just any photographer can do this, it takes a photographer who understands the person, a photographer who can find that “inner-beauty” while understanding their subject. A photographer who knows when to listen, a photographer who knows what to say, when to say it, how to say it, and where. A photographer with years of experience unmatched by others, a photographer who’s been to battle enough to understand the value of life. A photographer who understands what passion is and how to capture that in their subject. A photographer who photographs with passion. A photographer who fills the air around the subject with such passion. A photographer who becomes a part of the final image by spirit–a marriage of the minds between the subject and the photographer.

In the end, a private glamour session is about the exprience itself. It’s when the photographer captures the perfect smile, or when the corners of the eyes are in perfect harmony with the corners of the mouth–and the displaying of teeth are never a requirement to achieve this perfect smile.

Private glamour packages start at $3,500. A 50-percent deposit is required at time of booking. Rolando’s schedule is very limited with his travels, so book well in advance. Please visit our contact page for more information. On price, we leave you with an excerpt from Tom Zimberoff’s book, Photography:Focus on Profit

An excerpt from the chapter, The Art of Pricing:

What Is a Picture Worth?
Everyone knows that a picture is worth a thousand words. But isn’t it also worth more than just the time it takes to make one?

It only takes 1/125th of a second or so to snap a photo, and anyone with a camera can click the shutter. Nevertheless, some photographers make big bucks while others, perhaps just as talented, merely scrape by. So why are some photos priced higher than others? Why does the work of some photographers seem to be inherently more valuable than others? What factors allow such disparities to exist? The following anecdote may give you some insight.

The story goes that a wealthy couple was honeymooning in the south of France in the early sixties. The groom was a connoisseur and collector of fine art. In fact he owned several paintings by Pablo Picasso. By coincidence, they met an art dealer at their hotel who knew Picasso personally and offered an introduction. Arrangements were made for a rendezvous at Picasso’s villa in Vallauris, just outside Cannes, the following day.

The party arrived at noon and was treated to a tour of Picasso’s studio by the master himself. In the course of small talk, the groom gathered all of his nerve to ask Picasso if he would consider painting a portrait of his bride. To his surprise, Picasso agreed. In their excitement the couple began chattering about how long to extend their hotel reservation and about buying a special gown for the sitting–until Picasso brusquely interrupted to ask if a photograph of the young woman was available. Her husband took a snapshot from his wallet and handed it over.”Well,” Picasso said, “just leave this with me and go find some lunch in the village. Come back in one hour. I will have a painting for you.”

Astonished, the couple left with the art dealer for a bite to eat. They returned in one hour, just as Picasso was putting the finishing touches on a splendid if rather theoretical likeness of the beautiful bride. (Incidentally, you may assume that Picasso infringed no one’s copyright by creating a derivative work from the snapshot; the groom took the photo!) Everyone was pleased.

The groom inquired casually about Picasso’s fee, as he reached into his pocket for a checkbook. Picasso asked for $25,000 (in French francs). While price was no obstacle, the man joked about what a nice job it was to make $25,000 an hour painting pictures. Picasso’s sober retort was, “You don’t pay me by the hour. You pay for the years of hard work that made it possible for me to paint such a picture in only one hour!”