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Retouching Philosophy for Professional Headshot Portraits.

We are often asked what is our philosophy on retouching a professional headshot or portrait.  CHANGING THE COLOR OF CLOTHING OR MAKEUP--   Carol was not able to find a red suit in time for her photo shoot, but we were able to carefully change the color of her suit so that it matched her branding identity for her website.    We often photograph female clients who wore a new lipstick or did not bring the correct color for what they were wearing.  We are able normally to change that color within reason so that it looks more appropriate upon request.   People often think this is something easy to do at a click of a button similarly to the ridiculous TV commercial where heads are jokingly swapped at the push of a simple button.  It is not the case, it is something that does require a great deal of time and care.  

RETOUCHING PHILOSOPHY--Our philosophy is to only change something that can look real and believable. It is how we judge the amount of retouching someone gets, etc. Retouching should look like you, but on your best day.  Your best day would be a good hair day, after a great nights sleep, and you are well hydrated.  When someone meets you, they first look at your eyes, then your nose and mouth and then the overall shape of your face in that order.  They would not walk away and remember that you had a blemish, but they would remember if you had a birthmark or mole.  We assume that if someone wants a mole gone, they would have had it removed already.  However, anything that is temporary (i.e. a breakout, dark circles, puffy eyes, a scratch or bruise) should always be retouched.   Those things are not something that you have on your face everyday so no one will ever remember them.  We also pay attention to the shape of each person's face so that we are choosing the side that makes them look their best.   However, we only remove warts, moles, or birthmarks when we are requested as they are a more permanent part of you until you choose to have them removed.  

WEIGHT-- Who doesn't want to loose five or ten pounds, right ?!  Our philosophy here is to pose you so that your figure is most flattering from the beginning.  It is also why we make clothing suggestions to help people make the most of their figure.  If you are heavier than you want to be, don't wear tight clothing, it will only accentuate your weight.  There are many simple tips that we offer to help.  We also use appropriate lighting techniques to mask any area that bothers someone.  We ask if there are any areas you'd rather not emphasize in your portrait at the time we discuss your portraits in person or over the phone prior to the session.  There are times when we pose and light someone so that they look their best, but they still want to be much slimmer.  We discuss this and appropriately slim a person. 

For more information on Professional headshots by Kevin Wimpy click here or go to www.Headshots.KevinWimpy.com 

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