“All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth” -Richard Avedon

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I’ve been doing fashion photography for so long that I’ve finally started being paid for it a couple years back.  It seems to be all I know at this point, this artifice of advertising a person with just enough flaws that is accepted by society.  Let’s retouch away her wrinkles but leave the ones that look good ok?  Does anyone really want to see an Aerie ad completely un-retouched?? I doubt it.

I would though, I would love to see a woman with all her little rolls and stretch marks, eye bags and imperfection.  It’s what makes us human, ones collective experiences etched onto our bodies, like a road map of every heartache and joy we’ve felt.

What I’m trying to say is, I’m working on my retouching game.  I want people to look real, as close to the edge of what society deems acceptable.  Then I keep the genuine un-touched copy for my own collection, as a reminder of the moment we shared in the studio.

“When all else is lost, the future still remains.” -Christian Bovee

Trying to stay positive in a sea of uncertainty when it comes to freelancing.  Do I freelance by choice? I’m starting to think that I do, but because of to past events in my life, it’s not an artificial sink or swim mentality that entrepreneurs implant into their mind for success.  For me, it really is sink or swim.  Can this be a recipe for success or a mental break down?