This is a test shoot for a model and concept for a magazine ad. My model for the day was Erin Beaty from Agency Arizona. Terri Camberlango, the owner of Agency Arizona, defines professionalism and offers a service level comparable to firms from major markets like New York, LA and Miami.
One of the goals for this shoot were to refine my skills as a retoucher. I find retouching very satisfying. When professionally done the effects are barely discernible but make an incredible impact on the final image. In the image below, notice how the background is brighter, the reflection is more crisp, the lip gloss bottles turn, how the hair is more even, the fly aways are gone and the lighting in the eyes matches. Her right arm was almost completely recreated to make her pose seem more natural. Erin has perfect skin, but after retouching the toning is slightly more even — look at her left shoulder. There was a crease in her blouse that disappears after the retouch. Like any professional model, her fingernails were immaculate, but, after retouching the very slight shadows around edges of her nails seem more perfect. While any of these simple changes aren’t very significant, taken as a whole they complete the image and make it more polished and professional.