Let’s talk about Photoshop. We are constantly surrounded by images of “perfect” people who look absolutely flawless in their images. What many people don’t realize is that this “perfect look” is a result of post-processing.
Our job as photographers is to help you look your absolute best for your photo session. Selecting the right wardrobe for your figure shape and size, accessories to accentuate your best features, and of course setting you up with a fantastic hair and makeup artist. All of this helps to get you ready for your big camera debut.
It continues even past when we finish up your photo session. When I get home, I upload all of those lovely images we just captured to my computer…and start deleting. Don’t freak out just yet! I go through and I delete all the images that are unflattering such a being caught mid-blink. (Hey, it happens to the best of us ☺️) I have never had a session where I have not captured someone with their eyes closed. So I delete them. You’ll never have to worry about those images seeing the light of day because they are the first to go.
I then go through the images another time and select only the best of the best to start editing. The very first thing that I check is that my white balance still looks good for your skin tone. The last thing I want is for my client to look orange or blue because the coloring is all kinds of wonky. I do my best to get this right in camera, but sometimes weather changes fast and I may forget to change my settings back.
Finally, I add all of the finishing touches to your images. For me that usually means removing things that are not a permanent part of your face (e.g. acne). Acne is not something that is always there and so it is a standard for me to remove it. I do not remove moles or scars unless it has been requested. And now for the pictures!
Before and After
Today I am going to show you a before and after of one of my favorite images from this past year. Brittnay is one of the models that I have worked with before. She is already a very beautiful young woman and looks great even in the before picture. I use my editing programs to enhance (NOT change) your features. I still want you to look like you in the final images.
Now that you’ve seen a little bit of the magic of Photoshop, please don’t ever compare your “just rolled out of bed” hair and no makeup face to the faces that you see in magazines and on billboards. Or even your “all dolled up” face to those images. You are beautiful just as you are and you are enough. Love yourself and remember that they had people helping them to look their very best for that image.
Did you enjoy the before and after images? Leave me some love at the bottom of the page and let me know what you thought!
Tschüss from Okinawa