Friday, January 20, 2012

This is Kind of Embarrassing

Do you have any embarrassing pictures?  I do.  I thought I would share one with you today.  You're welcome.  

Back when I was in high school (in the early 90's....gasp), Glamour Shots was the fun thing to do.  In a nutshell, they would do your hair and makeup and let you pick out "fun" outfits.  Then you would sit for a photo session.  They would clean up your pictures (read: Photoshop, before regular people had it) and charge you a ridiculous amount of money to purchase them.  

Naturally, one of my best friends and I saved up some money and made an appointment.  We were 17 years old, and $140 was a big deal.  We took some of our pictures together (I believe there was kind of a biker theme that involved bustiers and leather).  Then we got to pick our individual looks.  I choose a red dress and pearls (and some big hair, obviously).  It was 1993.  

I just looked up Glamour Shots to see if they are still around, and I was surprised to see that they are (even the location at the Sawgrass Mills Mall, where I had mine taken).  It does appear that have toned down the looks a little bit.  Now they ask you to bring your own outfits and take family portraits.  I guess you have to change with the times.  



Do you have a Glamour Shot (or other equally embarrassing pictures from your teenage years) that you would like to share?  I would love to see them (and I am pretty sure my readers would too).  If you do a post on yours, I will plug it over here.  Spread the love!

53 comments:

ShinyPrettyThings said...

i remember taking something similar w my friends in hs. it wasn't as "glamorous" as Glamour Shots but they let u pick a cheesy background & made u & your friends pose in the cheesiest poses imaginable. i think i still have some evidence lying in a box somewhere hahaha ohhh to be young again! i still wonder why my friends & i thought it was a good idea to go take them!

Adele said...

You built the shot up to be really bad, but actually it's not!! Ok it is very 90s with the soft focus but hey, all photos date. You look really pretty Erin.
Happy weekend hun xoxo
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le_third said...

hee hee totally cute - you should be proud :) le xox

Gawgus things... said...

Bless you! I have to say they didn't really do this sort of thing in the UK - not that I know of anyway!

Emma xx

Jax said...

I do not have Glamour shots. I'm many things, but photogenic is not one of them. lol!

Love the picture though!! It's really not embarrassing at all :)

June said...

Heheh so 90s :) Featured you in my blog post with your answers! Check it out http://junebiswas.blogspot.com

MM said...

OMG, isn't at all bad!! You were so so pretty in that pictures! I love it!
I am gonna look in my pictures to see if I have something like that..I totally forgot!

Have a fab weekend!!

xoxoxo

Patty said...

Ohhh my. I didn't think glamour shots were real, I thought it was a joke in Napolean Dynamite. This is too funny :) Thanks for sharing!

colleen said...

haha. that's hilarious. but you look really pretty!

Teresa said...

i think you look pretty though! i have some embarrassing pictures from my senior year shooting back in 2004. i wanted to be Shakira, so you can imagine my costume hahaha kinda rocker/diva wannabe :S

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Jess said...

I always wanted Glamour Shots when I was in middle school but my mom wouldn't let me. Thank you Mom!

Mal said...

Oh my goodness, that's absolutely amazing! I wanted to do glamour shots so badly when I was a kid

Emmy said...

Girl...that picture is not embarrassing at all! You should see mine...then again, maybe not:P I grew up the same time you did, and I remember GS. Heehee...never had the money to do it though.

Elle Sees said...

every pic of me is awkward! ah, glamour shots...they were big down here with girls rocking a cowgirl hat. i didn't get it!

PS--I roll my hair on the sides so i can sleep on my back and it doesn't hurt. i also will put my hair in a bun/buns for a similar effect.

Heather said...

You look great in this picture! All of my teen shots are filled with acne, frizzy hair and general awkwardness.

Beautyshades said...

I think is a very nice picture :)

Stephanie said...

Oh wow!! I remember my aunt getting Glamour Shots for her 40th birthday when I was little and I wanted to do it so badly!!

fluff and fripperies said...

Ha, this brings back memories! I didn't get them taken but my best friend did - funnily enough that was back in the 90s, too xo

Portuguese Prepster said...

o my god this is too funny!

dreaming en francais said...

That picture is so cute!!! But I do cringe when I think of the glamour shots I took back in middle school with my best friend at the time. Thinking back, those places WERE kinda over the top! xo

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Hoyt said...

Hilarious! Did you go to high school in the South Bay?

x Hoyt

Heather said...

I'm so jealous you had a glamour shot!! My friends and I totally wanted to do this in high school too :) Must have been the 90's :)

XO
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Loulou said...

Haha ... You're so funny! And quite beautiful in your red dress and pearls. I never got myself glamour shot, but my friend did and I remember being so envious of her gorgeous picture!

Have a good weekend my friend,
Loulou Downtown

Chuck said...

Oh my gosh, this is amazing! I always passed on these as a teenager because, you know, they were a massive rip off. Now I'm regretting it though! Look how sweet and funny they are!

BalancingMama (Julie) said...

Wish I had a copy, but I know I had a photo posing with my flute. One of my senior pics, I think. Because, you know, I played the flute. And band was.... cool?

I should totally get my dad to scan & email it to me. They prob know where it is. Fun post idea! I'll have to do this soon. Will give u credit.

beancakes said...

oh my gosh you look so pretty! very 90's haha! but nonetheless still pretty! and yes, i have tons of pics but i will have to think about whether or not i want to have them posted haha!!
p.s. ccr is {credence clearwater revival} the band - songs like down on the corner, have you ever seen the rain, etc. etc. i'm sure you'd recognize them if you heard a song...

Style, She Wrote said...

Thanks so much for your sweet comments on our blog; so glad the JewelMint promo worked out for you. We hope you enjoy your purchase!

That said, we think your Glamour Shot is AWESOME! You are a total glamour girl!

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Grace said...

When you started off by saying 'embarrassing photos' I was thinking more on the lines of... embarrassing outfit with an embarrassing cheesy face hahaha. Um, NOT! This is really stunning actually.

Haha unfortunately I'm still in high school and so maybe if I do have the time I'll try this out ;)

xo
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PS- in response to your comment on my blog, if you click on the thing link, you have to click it again on the white page but anyway, she's impersonating me and pretending to use my pictures as herself. Not okay with that.

MrsBitchface said...

of course i have wpictures which i dont want them to see the light! hahaha
xo

Vanessa said...

Hey, that photo's not so bad. =) I have plently of pictures from my awkward junior high years. I'll have to dig some up!

hello, Friday said...

Reminds me of Napoleon Dynamite, the movie. xoxo
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jas said...

haha old school but gorgeous!

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le sorelle said...

Oh my gosh! We went to a Glamour Shots party a few years ago! It was pretty fun, but definitely very cheesy, haha! You looked gorgeous in yours, though!

Hope you have a lovely weekend! :)

-j
sorelle in style

Bravoe Runway said...

Erin this is SO awesome! I certainly do remember glamour shots and they were in the mall near my parent's house. Sadly, I never had this done but really wanted to because I thought it was SO awesome to look like a celebrity! What I didn't know was that glamour shots only did waist up tops. In taiwan their form of glamour shots are the whole 9 yards, outfits, background, scenery... Sadly I've never had that done but would love it. You look beautiful, even if it was in the early 90s, this is very ala julia roberts pretty woman :)

fluff and fripperies said...

THANK YOU for introducing me to Sons of Anarchy! Watched the first few episodes this weekend and we are totally hooked. Already half in love with Jazz xo

Sizzle and Zoom said...

It's a very pretty photo of you!

Erin said...

Girlfriend-you are gorgeous! As cheesy as this is-you look great! The earrings are massive, and the gloves are very old Hollywood!

xx

Erin @ http://www.trufflesnruffles.com/

Gillie said...

hahaha that picture is so funny, but you still look great!

xo Gillie

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dreaming en francais said...

Gave you an award on my blog today!! You deserve it dear! xo

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Alina said...

Actually, you look gorgeous!

Style Servings said...

Lol, this picture is amazing!!!

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Bonnie said...

I think this picture is gorgeous! :) I love the hair.

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Alena: Oh, Its Just Perfect! said...

Hahaha. Oh, I remember Glamour Shots!! I desperately wanted my pictures done there, but my parent's weren't quite as excited about my idea.

I hope you've had a wonderful weekend!

E said...

You do look very glamorous! I wasn't old enough to get them when they were really popular, but my aunt and grandma did. Oh the good old days!

joanne hegarty said...

Agh Erin - you look really pretty.

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Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

Nope, no glamour shots, but plenty of fairly embarrassing pictures. Luckily there's only one copy of each in existence, and they are all in Sardinia, buried somewhere at the bottom of a drawer in my parent's apartment :-)

Lorena said...

I remember when Glamour shots were the IT thing to do. I never got them, and I am kind of glad now as I dont have embarrassing pictures (at least not MORE)
and i think yours is quite nice... really. I don't think you've seen REALY BAD embarrassing ones.

Tina Lane said...

Ha! I got some of these too back in the day. I'll have to search pretty hard to find them though.

ajg-jane said...

HaHa..I never had a glamor shot, but my sister did it was shot trough a Vaseline coated lens! I love the gloves very lady like! I have a photo I'll share as soon as I dig it out!! Too funny great post Erin!

Morgan said...

I never got Glamour Shots, but I have plenty of embarrassing pictures from my teenage years, haha.

rooth said...

You look like you're running for Miss America and WINNING! So awesome

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