So recently I had an inner dispute. I was angry at myself for making my model in my last shoot look like something she wasn't. I tweaked the heck out of the pictures until she no longer looked at all like herself. That night when I emailed the pictures to her she started crying with joy because I had "made her look so beautiful." I was sick over it, I had done something I told myself I would never do. I wanted to redo them, to take the ones I gave her back, to tell her that she didn't need retouching, that she IS that beautiful. Without even realizing it I had done something I hate most about my business. I've always wanted to be a photographer who caught the truth whether it was beautiful, quirky, odd, or down right hard to look at. Let's face it, we all love looking at beauty, and I try to find that in everything I shoot, but I crossed the line on that one. I think if we all knew the truth, especially us women then we would have much healthier relationships with ourselves. So for this shoot I wanted to show you a before and after. Tesla, my model, is stunning, and she was stunning before makeup, wardrobe, lighting, and retouching. Most of you know I am an amateur to fashion photography, so I'd like you to know I am still learning retouching, now just think about how much more manipulation the pros can do. As photographers our responsiblity is to capture truth, unfortunatly there are many who make fortunes on lies. Frankly, I'm done with the lies.
P.S From now on I will be including a "before" picture.