To Retouch or Not to Retouch?

August 14, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

We see lots of images of women and teens and even children in our media that have been 'altered.'  Sometimes it seems they are unreal, but we have become so accustomed to seeing retouched images that we almost believe them.

Retouching is a personal decision at Janne Aubrey Photography.  As a woman who doesn't wear makeup, I believe less is more.  That being said, I do retouching whenever it makes sense.  No need to cancel your portrait appointment because a new zit has appeared overnight.  If you are one who sports bags under your eyes all the time, no matter what you do, no need to worry there either.  I can remove the zit and reduce the bags to light luggage.  As much as I love Lightroom and Photoshop, please know there are things that cannot be done.  I cannot remove sweat.  Nor can I eliminate that sunburn you got yesterday.  Men, if you are sporting a five o'clock shadow - no go there either.  Too many tiny hairs to get rid of for the tools available.  

The headshot you see of me on this website is retouched.  The photographer used a digital paint program to smooth out the age in my face.  I am, after all, fifty six years old and this portrait of me would not reveal it.  However, you can see a genuine grin and look in my eyes and my hair is accurate.  I like the effect, even if I don't currently do any digital painting.

I still believe fine art portraits are best when they reveal something about you as well as show you at your very best.  When you look in the mirror, what do you see?  When you look at a photograph of yourself, do you see you?  Do you see the woman you want others to see?

Linda has graciously agreed to allow this before and after posting of her recent photography session.

 

without retouching Before - without retouching

 

retouched image of Linda, retouchingLinda Retouched Retouched

 

 

Now I understand that this can be controversial when done for publication.  However, it is important to us as individuals to have the freedom to decide for ourselves how we present ourselves to the world.  As a woman, myself, of a 'certain age', it's nice to remember myself without so many lines and wrinkles.

Remember it's Your Choice!


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