Actually, it's called private glamour
the way you described it, and most of those clients don't want their photos published nor do they want to go to Glamour Shots in the mall, they want you to come to their home where they are comfortable
in their environment, almost like an environmental portrait
. Most are at the youngest, 35, but normally 40-55 years of age and financially stable--they don't want to go to GlamourShots in a shopping mall and have theatrical make-up put on with a boa around their neck while other people watch.
Most don't want to be in front of many cameras, only one. It's basically one on one shooting which helps nourish the professional rapport built with two people, the photographer and subject. The shoot is always about the subject, not the photographer.
Some of these clients will come to your home and expect total privacy as they are usually upper-middle to upper-income and can afford for private shooting. Because it is private, it's usually only one subject. Note, these are subjects
wanting to be photographed like a model, part of what I call "photographic therapy
." (website coming soon) While all models are subjects, not all subjects are models. Sometimes you get lucky and they're photogenic as my client below.
On rare occasions, their images turn into commercial use, as in this photo of a New York times best-selling author Lisa Kleypas, with one exception, I was paid by her publisher, one of New York's largest, St. Martin's Press. This shot is from a series for her public relations/advertising campaign and 8-city book tour, including publication in the New York Times and People magazine that starts in about 55 days for her newest book, Sugar Daddy
. It's also from a series where an image was chosen (not this one) for the back of Sugar Daddy
, a hard-cover book with first print run of a quarter million copies.
But in a nutshell, you are describing more of a private glamour
situation, which is in fact very lucrative when you target the right demographics. i will have a 1 1/2 hour presentation on this next week at FotoFusion
along with other activities at Fotofusion. Most of these subjects would normally not want other subjects being photographed at the same time, they want total privacy, respect, attention and more important, feel like the celebrity on the photography set, as part of the "satisfaction" of the shoot comes from the process of the shoot
too, such as having their own make-up artist, hair-stylist and photographer's attention.
On rare occassions, the "spouse" will also acccompany the subject, though this varies as some subjects want to suprise their spouse with a Valentines gift or present of some type. You'll find this more common with longer marriages as it helps spark up the romance even more.
What you describe exists, though not in a workshop format, more of a private photography session and can be lucrative if approached correctly. In fact, more
lucrative than conducting a workshop. Normally, as a photographer, there is more money in this than publishing glamour photos.
Thanks for your post, wishing you the best, rg sends!
(Actual back cover image for New York Times Best Selling Author, Lisa Kleypas' newest book, Sugar Daddy
, photographed by my front door.)