I’m a longtime reader of Boston Magazine, so I am thrilled beyond words that the April 2009 issue hit shelves and mailboxes around the metro yesterday, and the online articles made an appearance today [link].
Rachel Baker, editor at Boston Magazine, came in for a boudoir studio shoot as she was preparing for her article about Boston boudoir. She writes the “Fashion Masochist” column for the magazine, a regular piece I appreciate for its humor and wit.
To be honest, I’ve not had many positive experiences with publications – they often seem to take quotes and material out of context to suit their own spin – and one even went so far as to use an incorrect business name! Naturally, I was nervous to see what Rachel would have to say in her write-up.
Luckily, the feature is all positive – with a side dig at the fact that I don’t airbrush my photos (*). So, yay!
Kind of related, but on a different subject, Catherine just sent me a link to this rant about the celebrity “sexy face.” Ha! [ link ]
[ link to the article at bostonmagazine.com ]
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.”