We have all seen beautiful photos of men and women with amazing (retouched) bodies in magazines, advertisements and commercials. They are meant to sell things, to make us want what they have and very often, especially for females, they make us self conscious about how we look. There is a fairly new “movement” going on encouraging you to accept yourself as you are, but I know 1st hand how hard that can be.
We at DLPS totally support people in accepting their beautiful selves and we encourage you to be comfortable in your own skin. That being said, as photographers, we can definitely “enhance” your natural beauty, without changing what you look like. Our motto for retouching is that we don’t touch it if its permanent. (The only exception to this rule is if you specifically ask us to) If it is temporary, for example, eye bags, pimples, a bruise, a scratch, etc, then we typically reduce or remove it.
People always ask us if we can “photoshop it”. The bottom line is, yes, yes we can. However, its going to cost you. We do basic retouching on all of our photos, but if you want to look 50 lbs lighter, or you want us to take people out of the photos or add someone in, that’s a lot of work and will cost you more money. We do our very best to get things in the original photo the way they should be, but we can always make them a little better. Check out the samples below and see what you think!
As you can see from the above photos, Courtney has been retouched but still looks like herself. However, her beauty has been brought out just a bit.
Again, Victoria looks amazing before, but we just brought out her natural beauty and make it more of the focus of the photo.
For these wedding photos, you can see that we took out some distracting poles in the background as well as changed the portrait to black and white.
Our goal with retouching is to make sure you look amazing and still look like you. If you have questions about retouching or want to schedule a consultation, please contact us through our contact page.