How does it work?
My Retouching Philosophy
What to Wear
How to prepare/Thinking ahead
- Lots of sleep for three days before our shoot. Heavy on water; light on alcohol.
- Makeup: Less is more! What works for the boardroom or the boardwalk is too much for my high-detail camera.
- Clothes. Bring what makes you feel bold, powerful, and yourself. Patterns like stripes and plaid are distracting.
Want to practice? Remember: feels weird; looks great!
- Turtling. To sharpen your jaw line, push your chin out and your forehead down.
- Squinching. Raise your lower eyelids without lowering the upper lids. It’s like smiling with your eyes.
What to expect/How it works
- I’ll coach you through posing; we’ll review together, several times, and delete the ones we don’t love. At the end, you’ll pick one image to be retouched/finished.
- With your input, I correct color, remove blemishes, and reduce lines. I will not make you look like someone else.
I am focused on personal projects at the moment. The first image from our session is free. Each image afterward costs $25 for the edit. Delivery is a 3000px-wide JPG.
How does it work?
My studio is in downtown Haverhill. Sign up and I’ll send you the address.
Sessions start at exactly the time we booked, so please be ready. Please don’t book anything immediately after our session, as we may want a little more time.
If you want great images of yourself, get ready to stretch a little—emotionally and physically! I’m here to help you relax and have fun. Fun is where magic happens.
I typically make torso-and-up portraits. You’re welcome to bring your fancy pants and dancing shoes (especially if they help you feel more you), but they probably won’t be photographed.
Portraiture is a collaboration.
- I do not provide hair and makeup, so please do your own before arriving. Remember: less is more. Club makeup looks overdone under the bright lights of my studio, and image quality of my camera.
- If you don’t want to do your own, I recommend the counter at Macy’s or another department store. Do your hair as if you were going to a casting call, or a night on the town.
- Get plenty of sleep for three days before our shoot. Drink lots of water and avoid alcohol.
- Bring up to three looks. Our time together is valuable, and changing into multiple outfits can cut into it. A private room will be available for you to change in.
- For portraits, bring any props you’d like to shoot with.
Retouching should look invisible. Acne, small cuts or scabs, or stray hairs, don’t define how we look, so I’m happy to remove them. I do not reshape or resize.