One of the most challenging aspects of retouching photographs is adhering to the “less is more” method of minimizing skin imperfections without compromising the overall texture of the skin. Over-enhancing the skin tends to produce the opposite effect and diminishes the quality of the image considerably, rendering it inauthentic and unappealing. Over-correction and use of filters often is NOT an enhancement, as it can lead to an improbable, plastic finish to an otherwise naturally compelling image. I am often told by clients that one of the key reasons they hire me is due to my obvious commitment to preserving skin texture.
Oversaturating eye color, removing all traces of pores or imperfections takes away from the depth and visual impact of portraiture. In my work, I intend always to preserve the natural skin texture in a way that evokes an individual’s unique beauty in an authentic, unaltered way. We are presently moving through a highly filtered landscape in an Instagram universe where everyone is beginning to look like an over-contoured, highlighted, wrinkle-free flawless race of pore-less super-humans. This trend is, at best, boring, and at worst, an unrealistic expectation that is reshaping beauty standards and compromising our own self-confidence.
Through our filtered lenses, we are losing sight of what is unique and beautiful about each of us. Our bodies, our eyes, faces and our wrinkles tell our stories. Laugh lines signify a life well lived; a reflection of happiness or good times, while other lines may tell our stories of struggle, hard work, battles (fought and won), surgeries, injuries, stretch-marks, acne scars and birthmarks. These physical markers are representative of our milestones and experiences in these fragile, yet remarkable bodies, and THAT is truly beautiful.