Nobody is immune to retouching when it comes to my photographs. Not even our dog. 🙂
When retouching clients, my family, or myself, my goal is to make everyone look like they do on their very best day. Everyone looks a little “fresher” – eyes are a little whiter and a little less red, lashes are a little darker, circles under the eyes are lighter, wrinkles are softened… I believe that this IS who they are! This IS their spirit!
Here is a recent picture I took of our dog, Riley. This is her soul, her beautiful spirit! Her fur had a few spots that were uneven and there was spots with some separation. Her eyes had “sleep” in them and some hairs across the pupils. I saw the white underside of her bandanna, her ears didn’t appear as full as they usually do.
I started out with my color image, retouched the areas I just mentioned, converted the image to b&w, cropped it a square and extended the top of the photo, then added a great texture to the top.
This image is by no means competition-worthy, but I love it! It is priceless to me! 🙂
In the future, I will show a before and after of a person retouched – a picture of myself.