Good Morning Lovelies,
Retouching and editing:
Today I want to talk around my portrait style a bit.
My style, and branding have been developed over ten years now, I am at a place where I am happy with my editing workflow and style. I am not one to over edit any portrait, but my style is unique and perhaps this will change over the next few years.
How would I describe my style?
I would say I am a neoclassical, natural light portrait photographer that likes my portraits soft and creamy almost dreamy.
I hand edit each portrait before a viewing, and retouching is a huge part of what I do.
Woman want to look and feel “younger, thinner, more beautiful”. I have never, and I mean not once, heard a woman say to me “you can leave my cellulite, leave my wrinkles and jowls, and please add a fat roll to my stomach”. So here is what I do when editing, I always lighten (not remove) wrinkles and frown lines, I always soften jowls, I remove pimples and spots, I remove things like bruises and sun spots.
I very seldom do actual body contouring, because my posing skills take care of this mostly – if I need to nip and tuck, here and there, I will do so responsibly.
I always listen to my clients requests, and go out of my way to fulfil that, afterall, it is your portrait that you will be hanging up and passing down one day, I have enough experience behind me, to produce beautiful portraits and I generally get it right.
This is part of my magic 😉
Below you will see a before and after retouching example (of a sixty year young Viv) and a collage demonstrating my style, which is consistent across any age.
Have a beautiful day all