Beauty Retouching in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Last night finished up the Working with Models II module at BU CDIA. It was heavily focused on photoshop and high end beauty retouching, honing in on every little detail so images can be usable for advertisements and magazine printing and the likes. Our instructor, Chris Alvanas, walked us through skin softening, eye enhacements, hair and makeup tips, and overall shaping using only Photoshop CS5. Plugins and additional software do make it easier, especially for skin softening, but it’s good to know there are other ways around it. Chris has a series of tutorials posted on youtube that are very helpful for retouching and other photoshop tricks, and are definitely worth checking out. Click here for the link.

Below are the before and after images of the photo I worked on for this class. One of the most signifcant changes I made was the tilt in her head. You can see if the after image that her head is a little more straight on. I really liked the pose and her expression, so I made it work by tilting just the section that I needed. I removed the freckles from the skin and softened up some of the lines, not completely removing them though because I didn’t want it to look unnatural. You can see in the before photo that her eyes are a little cloudy. This is mostly due to the fact that Allison had a fan blowing in her face for a good twenty minutes and her eyes were getting very red and irritated (who can blame her!) Whitening up her eyes and enhacing the color just a smidge was enough to really bring this photo to life. The final touches included adding a little contrast to her hair and very minor reshaping on the nose and shoulders. Allison is naturally pretty as it is, so all that’s needed with a photo like this are a few refinements to make it look its best. Allison is an actress in the DC area and you can see some of her work on her website by clicking here.

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Paul | Washington D.C. Portrait Photographer

Last week Paul came by the studio to be the male model for our class. He was great to work with and easy to photograph. We had a lot of fun with the jumping shots! Paul is a boxer, but didn’t have his boxing stuff with him for this shoot. I’m definitely looking forward to shooting him again in his boxing shorts and gloves!








A Film Noir Evening | Washington D.C. Portrait Photographer

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing a friend and her husband for a school project. I was going for a 1950s Film Noir/Dark Alley kind of look. This photo was my inspiration and after showing Jen and Pete we spent an evening going through Jen’s closet and putting together jewelry, accessories, and dresses. On the night of the shoot, Jen and Pete were too cute for words! They were all dolled up and giggling like little school children! We had such a good time, and I am happy to share some of my favorites here. A special thank you to Jen’s mom, Linda, for helping out with Jen’s hair, and to my friend, Tanya, for helping me out with the light!!




Dawn | Washington D.C. Portrait Photographer

About two weeks ago I attended my very first Photoshop World in Washington, D.C., and it was amazing!  One of the highlights for me was the Westcott Shootout on the Expo floor. They provided beautiful lighting and gorgeous models! This was the first day of three; I’m still going through my photos, so look forward to more in the next few days!





Victor | Washington D.C. Portrait Photographer

This was our final assignment for Portrait Photography II at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA). On the last day of class we were introduced to Victor, who was to be our client. Victor was in need of some creative portraits for his acting career. We had literally 15 minutes to complete this assignment and we were timed. Nothing like putting on the pressure to force out some creativity!

This mini session started with a handshake and ended with Victor jumping three feet in the air! I think he had a good time :)