Why I don’t Photoshop the life out of your skin

Skin Photoshop practices for boudoir and portraits

It’s pretty much standard practice these days for portrait photographers to smooth the skin of their subjects. I’m no exception; I remove ‘temporary’ flaws like acne and do a certain amount of skin smoothing as well.

The reason is that our cameras, like our television sets, are now high definition. In addition to focusing sharply on our loveliest features, they also pick out every detail of our skin — much, much more detail than we’d ever notice in person. That means that with no retouching at all, we’d all (even professional models) look as if we were wearing little sandpaper masks over all exposed skin.

That said, I retouch and smooth skin very lightly for one specific reason:

We’re humans, not china dolls, and the textures of our skin are parts of our story. Sure, I’m going to make that annoying zit on your nose disappear, but ‘permanent’ flaws like wrinkles and moles get lightly smoothed, not erased.

There’s a quote I really love that goes,

"Wrinkles mean you laughed, grey hair means you cared, and scars mean you lived." » unknown

“Wrinkles mean you laughed, grey hair means you cared, and scars mean you lived.” » unknown (not my image)

Kristy Fassio, owner of Fassio Fitness and recent Siren, gets it.

Skin smoothing Photoshop practices for boudoir and portraits

Skin smoothing Photoshop practices for boudoir and portraits

“The close up of my face is a favorite. I know that this will sound odd, but I love that I can see crinkles near my eyes. I look my age and I LOVE it. I sparkle and shine and I’m not trying to look 20.”

Skin Photoshop practices for boudoir and portraits

Skin Photoshop practices for boudoir and portraits

Skin Photoshop practices for boudoir and portraits

xoxo, Lindley

love you more with a plus size body positive boudoir session with seattle plus size photographer

2 Responses

  1. […] that I love and that makes me happy, or I can choose to “dress my age.” I can choose to cherish my Sirens’ skin the way it exists in reality or I can choose to erase the lived experience from their […]

  2. You are so beautiful!!!