Can you give us a roadmap of how you found your way to a career as a retoucher?
Was there a pivotal moment that you decided, “Right, I’m going for retouching?” and specialize rather than being a generalist or pursuing a different role in art & design?
You have a very impressive body of work in fashion – do you consider yourself a fashion retoucher by choice?
How do you meet your clients?
Oddly, they all have come to me through word of mouth. I haven’t advertised much or marketed in the traditional sense, mostly because the word of mouth has kept me busy enough. They notice I have worked with a certain person so they will reach out to work together as well. Events that I take part in really help get the word out there.
Are you part of a community in retouching? Who are your people? What do you do to elevate each other?
Retouching is such a black box, especially at a high level. What were the biggest contributors to your learning? Mentors, books, YouTube, Trump University?
For the young upstarts, what’s your advice for learning how to get good?
What should a novice never do with her portfolio?
What are the best resources out there for learning real high end retouching?
How do you approach an image? Are you systematic?
Do your images stay intact through the whole process or do they get deconstructed?
What’s your special power – what do you bring to the job that no one else can?
Frequency Separation – there’s a lot of back and forth out there on its legitimacy. What’s your take on a) the methodology itself and b) the popular debate.