B&A: Retouching Exposed – Becci

Kirk Stanovich Photography | Becci Hair | Fashion Photography

Before & After: Retouching Exposed – Becci

It has been a while since I posted one of these blogs so I thought I would share a photograph I edited a while ago and how I made it happen! In college I was doing a series of images focused on different aspects of fashion and beauty. For this image I was inspired by full and luscious hair! I wanted to take a photograph like the ads for TRESemmé or L’Oreal!

INSPIRATION:

All I could envision for this shoot was big, gorgeous, and luscious hair! I wanted shine and intense curls! This image perfectly summed up what I was envisioning in my head.
All I could envision for this shoot was big, gorgeous, and luscious hair! I wanted shine and intense curls! This image perfectly summed up what I was envisioning in my head.

LIGHTING SETUP:

This was a four light set-up. I had a head light on for a glow on the top of her head. There was a light directly behind the model for a bright glow on the outer rim of hair. On the model’s left was an accent light with a pink gel to add a pop of color! The last light was the main light, set up in typical butterfly fashion above the model’s face. The model’s hair was blonde which made the hair blown out on the edges, but I feel like it added a nice glow to the image.

THE IMAGE:

At first glace when this image was only on my camera screen, I was excited and nervous. I was excited about the potential that it had, but worried that it would be too over the top to be taken seriously.
At first glace when this image was only on my camera screen, I was excited and nervous. I was excited about the potential that it had, but worried that it would be too over the top to be taken seriously.

After importing the image into my computer and seeing it full screen, I decided to change the overall feel of the image. Originally I was going for big hair glamour, but after seeing the pink glow and incredible cheek bones of my model I had a new idea. “Barbie!” I knew that this image was the perfect opportunity to create a Barbie-like fashion image. I wanted it to be over-the-top and almost unrealistic. The idea became to exaggerate and emphasize the gorgeous features of this model.

AFTER EDITING:

The image turned out how I wanted it to, and I was very surprised just how little I had to do to reach this point. Becci is a gorgeous girl and simple burning and dodging techniques really aided in bringing out the bone structure that she had.

What this shoot taught me was how to use the strengths of your model to your benefit. I had such a petite and strong model that I was able to do such a unique image. It is nice to know that I can have an idea of what I want to do and then come out with a different result that I am just as happy with!

BEFORE & AFTER:

CHANGES:

  • Reshaped hair.
  • Darkened background.
  • Enhanced pink accents.
  • Reshaped chin/jaw.
  • Smoothed skin blemishes.
  • Dodge & Burn.
  • Slight make up enhancement.

 

As always I would love to know what you guys think of the image. I know that not everyone is going to like this image and some will potentially be offended by just how much work I did to change it. BUT regardless I would love to hear your opinion. Likes, dislikes, and constructive criticism are always welcome!

Until next time, live your dreams and may passion never die!

Kirk

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