Modern Glamour Portraits Kansas City, MO Photography // Liz

"Elegance is a glowing inner peace. Grace is an ability to give as well as to receive and be thankful. Mystery is a hidden laugh always ready to surface! Glamour only radiates if there is a sublime courage & bravery within: glamour is like the moon; it only shines because the sun is there.” 

― C. JoyBell C.

hair and makeup by the extraordinary Jessica Duthu  

Liz arrived for her Viewing and Ordering session last night and once again blew me away with her grace, strength, and abundant joy. We both adore this image, and fell even more in love with it the longer we took it in. There is something about how open and gentle her spirit is, and how elegant her hands are... not to mention the grin that lights up her entire face. You are so beautiful, Liz!

Angela // Modern Glamour Portraits in Savannah, GA

Angela has one of the best laughs I have ever heard. Her voice, full of joy and laughter, carried up the stairwell from the first moment I opened the door. I don't think we stopped cracking each other up in the entire modern glamour session, except to pause long enough to make photos like this one. This woman is fierce: a strong mother and wife, and an extraordinary person. Angela stepped away from the chaos of day-to-day life, got pampered by Royal Makeup & Hair, and showed me the sassiest, most empowered side of herself. Thank you for sharing yourself with me, Angela. I had the best time working with you here in my Savannah studio!

And I love that I get to see my clients again when they come to pick up the images they purchased. Best ever, that we connect so deeply during the session, and then it's not over. We get to play again! Thank you for sharing yourself with me, Angela. I had the best time working with you here in my Savannah studio!


Modern Glamour Portraits // Savannah, GA Glamour Photography // Beautiful Jane

Growing up, I always loved my friends’ parents - very often, they felt like additional parents to me. We were a community, growing up in Urbana, IL, and could easily float from one house to another, knowing we were safe and protected, and would have a creative, adventure-filled time, no matter where we were.

And maybe it’s kind of unique, but I almost feel closer to my friends’ parents now than I did growing up. Suddenly, these mystical “grown ups” become regular [wonderful, special, wise] adults, and you realize just how lucky you are to know these amazing people, who used to be “so-and-so’s dad” or “my best friend’s mom.”

Specifically, I think of my friend Sasha’s parents: I have sat around the kitchen table many an afternoon with Sasha and Jane and Mark, with full cups of tea (or margaritas) in hand. We share stories, talk about art and travels, and reminisce about Sasha’s and my childhood. We gossip about Sasha’s latest drag endeavors, and get updates on the smart, witty drag magazine Sasha and his partner JJ have produced. It’s the best.

But it’s really when you get the chance to photograph someone, as I had the privilege of photographing Jane, that you really learn to love them. Because they are vulnerable, and you are vulnerable. Because when all you have between you is a camera, you don’t get to hide anymore, and you get to connect in the deepest way with the person on the other side of the lens.

And so it is that Jane and I spent the best afternoon. Sasha, calling upon his drag queen makeup application skillz, applied a subtle eyeshadow that made Jane’s eyes pop. With a little adventure through her wardrobe, we pulled the outfits that would be the most photogenic and flattering, and made sure Jane’s favorites were represented (because you want to look like yourself when you're being photographed!) - and then we made some magic.

Here are just a couple photos from our modern glamour session. I hope you can see just how amazing (and sassy!) Jane is from these few photos. She’s really the best. Sasha is featured, as well, in the last couple images. What beautiful people I know.


SJ || Modern Glamour Portraits || Savannah, GA

Are you ready for the sparkliest, gold sequin dress, and the longest, most gorgeous brown hair? Oh, and a gal who knows how to rock out while we run around The Starland District? Yes please.

Megan Jones and I were fortunate to have access to costume rentals from Acme Costumes in Garden City (this place reminds me so much of Dallas and Co in Champaign, it's not even funny). They have such a wide range of beautiful pretties to rent, and I have to say, they made our photoshoot complete. There we're lace dresses, poofy tulle skirts, corsets, and sequin dresses in gold and turquoise, among other things. Be still, my heart. Needless to say, we didn't grab any of the clown wigs or grape costumes... That would have been a different sort of glamour shoot for sure...! 

SJ, thanks for coming out to play! I'm sorry for how you ended up getting parked in, but I'm glad we got an extra chance to chat after we finished photographing you! xoxo