Retouching: how much is enough?

Here are some examples of the levels of retouching that can be done for portaits. The standard, or “normal” amount of retouching is shown in example #2, and is typically included in my portrait, senior, and wedding packages. The “glamour” level shown in example #1, is much more labor intensive and must be done on a per image basis, can be added, but as a typical photo adds anywhere from 10-30 minutes per shot to my processing time, I must charge for the additional effort. The good news is people rarely want this level of retouching on more than a few photos, in which case costs can be kept at a reasonable level.  Even more extreme corrections can be done, and are priced by time required to get the desired result.

The lovely couple pictured here are my dear parents.  We had some fun taking a few informal portraits over the holidays.

Glamour style retouching

example #1: "Glamour" retouching - roll your mouse over the image to see the original shot


normal retouching

example #2: "Normal" retouching - roll your mouse over the image to see the original shot


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