Let's have an honest conversation about photoshop. We all know it exists and we've all seen those over processed images. I want you to know that I use photoshop, but I use it very responsibly. Here is a little information on what I do and don't do with photoshop.
I can't tell you how many times a beautiful mom walks into the studio and says, "I woke up this morning and of course! I broke out!". It happens and it's OK. I will always remove any temporary marks that show up in your photos. Acne, tan lines, indentions from that hair tie you accidently left on your wrist. Don't worry, I've got you covered.
Birth marks, scars, freckles, or anything else that is a part of you will be left alone unless you specifically ask for them to be removed. I don't need to know why you want them removed and I won't ask. You just have to tell me.
Everyone gets some basic skin retouching. 9 times our of 10, I choose the most flattering light specifically for you, but occasionally fine lines and wrinkles may become more obvious because of my lighting and I most definitely will take care of that for you. I typically enhance the eyes slightly because, to me, the connection through the eyes makes the entire photo. And any stains on the clothing will be removed for you automatically as well.
I'm very careful about my photoshop use. The last thing I want is for your photos to look photoshopped. I want you to see the best version of you. I want you to be proud of your images and want to share them with all your family and friends.
Let's get real for a minute
I'm going to be very transparent right now. Maybe even controversial. I want to talk about body image. I am VERY familiar with being uncomfortable in front of the camera. I still battle with it today, but I also know how incredibly important it is to be in photos. Mostly because of my daughter. I know one day she's going to look for photos with me. She's going to want to show her kids and I don't want to disappoint her. If there is something that you want me to pay special attention to while I pose you (arms, neck, tummy) just mention it to me before hand. There is so much I can do with a simple pose, lighting, and specific angels. Photoshop is a last resort when it comes to the shape of your body, but my ultimate goal is for you to love your images.
Think about someone you love right now....can you see them in your mind? Do you see any flaws? Nope! We only see the beauty in the people we love. And they only see the beauty in us. You should see it too!