How much is too much?

Sometimes I’ll have a client tell me that their friends LOVED their images.  But then they are told “Wow, your photographer did alot of photoshop”. 

Wow indeed.  A dear friend of mine that is a psychologist has a name for that.  I do too.

But it does bring up a discussion topic that I have with 80% of my clients that are out of high school.  When I photograph someone I try to get a connection with that person.  One that shows in the final image.  I personally don’t care for alot of photoshop.   I just spent close to $1,400 just on software upgrades.  Not that I use it alot because 98% of what I edit has nominal changes that a simple “free” editing software would probably be able to do.  But as a professional I had to have it to correct an image if I make a mistake. 

If I miss the best smile a 5 year old has made one afternoon – so be it.  If I miss a toast at a 60th wedding anniversary – that is a different story.  And I would need the pro -edition to correct my raw files in post production.  I’ve worked years to get the image right in camera.

I promote loving who you are.  Who you are NOW.  I grew up being ridiculed for being skinny.  Tall, boney, skinny.  You know – so skinny she has to jump around in the shower to get wet.  Growing up and getting a few wrinkles is ok by me.  I’ve also gotten a little wiser, and have learned to love who I am.  Bones, wrinkles and all.  Which reminds me of one of my favorite poems by Derek Walcott.

Love After Love

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

I picked a random photo from a recent shoot to illustrate my typical before and after.  The only edit to the first image was to convert it from RAW to jpeg.


You tell me.  I think she looks beautiful in both.

Happy Wednesday!

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