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Does Photography Save Relationships? Is it a drug?
Old 09-25-2007, 11:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm often asked to photograph women of many ages, though the most common is what I call my private glamour group, ages 38-55, usually married for sometime with at least two kids. I call this process Photographic Therapy and am finishing up a book on it--just need that great lit agent to get it out soon!

The common MO is that the woman is trying to put a "spark" back into their marriage through glamorous photographs--and as a published glamour photographer and author with almost 30-years of experience, I 've heard this statement over and over. My question to you is, "Is photography powerful enough to save a relationship? Is it a drug? I think so and I hope to tell the world about it some day.

Hopefully photographers are taking their glamour photography and using it to provide some great photography for married couples--if so, share your story!

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Re: Does Photography Save Relationships? Is it a drug?
Old 09-25-2007, 12:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I know of at least two (2) marriages that were "saved" by glamourous images of the wife that I took and she gave to her husband. I cant post the images... but her words to me...

"Prior to having you take those pictures of me, my husband and I were thinking of getting a divorce. When he unwrapped the framed pictures, and the envelope of smaller pictures.. His eyes lit up like when we first started dating... The ROMANCE is back,, and we are more in love than ever before.

Thank you for all you did, and making my husband see me in such a romantic and sexy way. I will always remember you and tell my friends about you."


I think that note from one woman, tells me I am doing something right.

And I have to thank a number of photographers from GG/G1 for all their insight and tips.

And also a couple of you lovely models for letting me put you in front of my cameras.
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Re: Does Photography Save Relationships? Is it a drug?
Old 09-25-2007, 01:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Rolando, your msg says it all. Can photography save a marriage? Yes, just as drugs can save a life as in my own case. The real key is the mindset of the individual. If a person is receptive then the erotic images can act as a catalyst to jump start the romantic, intimate and sexual feelings. If the person's mind is not receptive, no amount of drugs can save the person as no amount of photographs alone can help to reignite the relationship or marriage.
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Re: Does Photography Save Relationships? Is it a drug?
Old 09-25-2007, 03:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I used to shoot a lot of navy wives who sent pictures to their husbands overseas. It definitly helped keep the home fires burnin'! Recieved a great deal of thanks from wives and husbands both.
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Re: Does Photography Save Relationships? Is it a drug?
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Sorry, but I can't believe that a glamorous picture of a woman is enough to save a marriage that's in trouble. Perhaps enough to delay dissolution, or enough to show interest and re-establish communication, but not enough just by itself.

OTOH, I'm sure that it would be beneficial, and probably does in many cases help stimulate communication.
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Re: Does Photography Save Relationships? Is it a drug?
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Rolando It is true. is like a drug and a good therapy I come from work and the first thing my wife told me hey the you going to use the camera today I say yes why she responds with a smlie I have someone for you I can I help. I be married 20 years and I never see her so happy. so for me is a good thing and a goo theraphy too.
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Re: Does Photography Save Relationships? Is it a drug?
Old 09-25-2007, 04:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hopefully photographers are taking their glamour photography and using it to provide some great photography for married couples--if so, share your story!

How the heck you think I got started??? lol....okay was not saving a marriage but having fun with the one I have!!!!

its nice to read a thread that doesnt require an editors critique!!


This is why I do what I do,,,,,not be approved by an editor!

a more realistic approach!
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Re: Does Photography Save Relationships? Is it a drug?
Old 09-25-2007, 06:03 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I'd say the primary benefit is the boost to a woman's self-image, which can lead to greater self confidence (which is sexy in itself). Not something first-time photogs should attempt, due to the possibility of achieving the exact opposite.

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Re: Does Photography Save Relationships? Is it a drug?
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I do not pretend to know the answers to these questions. What I know for sure is that the men I have known who have recieved gifts of glamour photos from their wives or significant others, seem to treasure them. I have been shown such photos and they always are displayed proudly.
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Re: Does Photography Save Relationships? Is it a drug?
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Well, I've had two marriages. The first one of 19 years (during which my photography of my wife at the time added excitement for both of us and enhanced our marriage) didn't need "saving" at the end; it needed termination. Photography was about the last thing we were thinking about back in '87. In my current marriage of 17 years, my photography of my current wife also adds excitement for both of us and enhances our marriage - but, if the marriage was in trouble, photography would be about the last thing we would be thinking about. If it "saves" a marriage, great - but - as with all "miracle cures" I'd wait a couple of years to see if it really did.

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