Monica

What’s in a name? I see Buzzfeed articles about the most popular names in the country, the peaks of the popularity of names, anything to make a headline on Facebook. When naming this business, I didn’t want to choose a random name like our other (wedding and family portraits) business. I chose my own name, Britney Gardner. I’m photographing women. I’m giving women a way to empower themselves and get back to place they once knew but lost in the regular, everyday chaos of life. I’m a woman just like you and I believe there’s power in a name.

But naming this genre of photography has been tough! The woman that inspired me to photograph women like this calls it glamour. I truly hate that name. All that comes to mind when I see those words are Aquanet hair, soft focus and pastel light beams that may as well be light sabers. Cheap mall portraits are NOT what I want you to think when you receive your images. And yet… the original meaning of glamour is one that I can get behind.

noun

1.

the quality of fascinating, alluring, or attracting, especially by a combination of charm and goodlooks.
2.

excitement, adventure, and unusual activity: the glamour of being an explorer.
3.

magic or enchantment; spell; witchery.
I am making images of you and you are fascinating and attracting, you are exciting. Every woman has a bit of magic within. So I’m going with it. This is modern glamour portraits by Britney Gardner. This is what I offer you, and this is what I offered Monica.
Monica is a rare beauty with nearly translucent skin. She glows with light and has a quirky humor that’s hard to define. She was a joy to photograph as always.

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