Did you ever make love to a camera…at the mall?

Admit it. You are totally turned on right now, aren’t you?  It’s the balloons, isn’t it?  Those perky, tight, candy-colored, lusciously bouncy balloons.

Ahem. That’s me in the late 1980s getting my Glamour Shot on.

I cannot recall what prompted me to think balloons belonged anywhere near that sneer on my face, but I do remember laying there making love to the camera under the hot lights in my pancake-makeup, the scent of Aqua Net wafting from my hair, and thinking, “Damn, my boyfriend’s gonna love these!”

He laughed when I gave him this series of pictures in a little album all tied in a pink bow.  Full on fucking bwa ha ha’d. What can I say…the guy had good sense.

Ah, youth.

So, yeah, I blame this cringe-worthy remembrance and the resulting photographic evidence on being a blithe, young thing. Maybe some of these other people do, too.

How about you?  Did you have your hair teased, your eyes lined, your lips ever-so-slightly parted? Did you ever make lurve to the camera…in a mall?

Did you, too, incorporate balloons, or maybe a cowboy hat or handcuffs into your come-hither glare?

pinned to Photographs+ by Da pinboard, origins unknown, if this is you and you feel OK admitting it, please let me know!

Oh, please tell me you did, because I LOVE Glamour Shots!

I started a Glamour Shots board on Pinterest and would love to fill it with the Glamour Shots of WTFPinterest readers, including a quote about what each was thinking when that particular image was being captured for eternity.

If you’re game, send me your Glamour Shot and a short blurb about it to wtfpinterestATgmailDOTcom.  Please include a line saying you give me permission to post your shot on this website and at Pinterest.

Looking forward to receiving your submissions!  Yours can’t be as deliciously bad as this one, can it?

pinned to That Humors My Senses by Holly Wakefield, curated from The Chive

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9 Responses to Did you ever make love to a camera…at the mall?

  1. Kaira says:

    There is a website dedicated to this type of portraits… http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/

    • wtfpinterest says:

      I love that site, too! So cringe-worthy! I’m looking for Glamour Shots, though, so if you’ve got one to share, send it along!

  2. Geri Johnson says:

    I never did the Glamour Shots thing myself but all 3 of my sisters & my mom did. And I took my daughter when she was in the 8th or 9th grade. I loved all of their pics! They were all so beautimuss looking! One of my sisters got the “That’s not really you.” reaction from her family – they all saw her as ‘mom’ and not as a beautiful sexy lady. The day I went with my daughter, there was a little redheaded girl about 4 or 5 years old having her picture done. She was adorable wrapped in a mink stole with a tiara on her beautiful red fluffed up curls. And there was a little boy probably 6 or 7 years old in a tux that was just toooo cute! There was nothing sexy about the kid pics just fun adorable dress up. And all the moms and kids were having a great time! It was really a lot of fun to do that… 😀

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  4. KazaD says:

    Funny story – my husband’s SIL decided to some glamour photos for her husband’s 40th.

    He, upon unwrapping one of the photos in a frame – oh, nice frame
    She – took a closer look
    He – um, it will look really good when I take this photo out and put one of you in it
    She – that is me
    He – no it’s not
    (and then he proceeded to commit a series of observational faux pas)

    She did convince him in the end.

    • wtfpinterest says:

      Ha ha ha! As an actor friend of mine says whenever I compliment her on how pretty she looks in a photo, “It’s the make-up and the lighting…” 😉

  5. wtfpinterest says:

    Ha ha ha! Who needed online dating…all we needed was Glamour Shots!

  6. Laura says:


    I was just a weebit during the time of glamour shots. I really wanted to do one, but clearly they were for grown ups. My aunt had some done, however, and they were just fabulous. She was so fancy, like a princess. And she gave me one, in a little frame, that I kept on my bookshelf. One day the grungy ass bazzilion year old exterminator came and he asked who it was and I said it was my aunt and then he asked if she was single and I said yes. He then asked my mom if he could have her sister’s number. BAM! My mom refused, but did pass on the comment to my aunt. (written from the perspective of 8 year old me)

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