How Far Would You Go?
The amount of retouching reflects the photographer’s style, while also keeping in mind the client’s purpose in booking their Boudoir shoot. Do you, the client, want documentation of a moment in time for yourself, or do you want this to be a gift for a significant other to inspire romance or fantasy? Perhaps you would like to envision yourself as a cover girl on the front of a magazine?
Some clients prefer a “lightly” retouched image, because they want to see the “battle scars” of a life well lived. They feel their body has supported them throughout their lives, and the wrinkles and scars conjure up memories of this great adventure!
Other clients would like a medium amount of retouching because they want their images to represent who they are, while also adding a touch of fantasy. They would like the focus to be on the mood or the message of the photo, rather than on every wrinkle, freckle or stretch mark.
Lastly, there are the group of clients who would rather have a high level of retouching, and a magazine ready image. This might mean enhancing or manipulating particular features of the client’s face or body, such as their weight, breast size, or eye color.
My personal preference, as a photographer editing boudoir photography images, is to remove or soften those things that could be removed easily enough in real life. People can choose to have photo facials to remove sunspots, or Botox to remove some wrinkles, so these are typically areas I would retouch to a certain degree. I have found some women to be attached to their scars for various reasons, so I will ask beforehand if there is anything in particular they want removed or NOT. Knowing that the camera lens can be sharp and pick up lots of details, I tend to soften the overall body and face a bit, but not so much that they look plastic or lose their age completely.
I work on creating an image that captures your true reflection. You are unique in every way, and that is really what makes you BEAUTIFUL!
As a client, when planning for a boudoir session, you might want to ask your Boudoir photographer…”How far would YOU go”?