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retouching | Sex, Lies, and Photoshop

I am so incredibly happy when people say that my images look like they should be in a magazine. It’s a huge compliment… I always say that I am going for a magazine look, but with personality. With a real human. Without retouching.

Certainly, for boudoir or headshots we will remove a scar, bruise or other small temporary blemish… but what about the sessions where you walk in a regular person and walk out with skinnier hips, longer legs, bigger boobs, etc? Is this even real?  I know half of the women reading this are thinking “yeah, I want that!” but do you really? Do you want images that make you look different from who you are?

How about some natural-looking images that have not been altered to make you more like the mythical perfect woman that media likes to project?  The woman who embraces the idea of natural but flattering… you are my client.  You might not be comfortable and confident about every body part (exposed to media, how could you?) but we love how you are and want to help you see your beauty. Without saying “you’re beautiful… after photoshop.”

Just some random thoughts after watching this NYT op-ed video “Sex, Lies, and Photoshop” by Jesse Epstein.    [ link ]

“I dare one magazine just to publish an entire issue without any retouching.”