Retouching and Insecurities (Will I look fat?)


What are your thoughts on retouching? There is this crossroad with retouching because on one end you have what retouchers do for big ad campaigns and that’s Photoshop the heck out of women.  I personally am not a fan of the plastic look.  I don’t mean plastic surgery that’s a different topic.  I’m thinking about skin texture.  You know when it looks so perfect it looks unreal. What about the heavy retouching hand, when they’ve photoshopped women down 5 sizes? That really messes with our minds and it’s not cool.

So let’s get real. Here’s my take on it.  I want your skin to look good.  I get it, if you’re like me you may worry about some of those wrinkles that have crept in right about 35.  I’ll admit it, I may make a few of them go away. Bye Felicia. But, I want you to be recognizable and for the most part, I will soften lines so that they’re not as prominent.

What about those extra little trouble spots?

You know the ones.  The extra curves that may have come with childbirth around the hips.  Arms are usually an area I hear women concerned with or we might get some thickness under the chin. Do you worry about those too?

I keep in mind your body proportions when taking your picture.  What’s cool about it is that most proportions issues can be addressed during the session and no I’m not going to take your picture from the ceiling. I’ve learned a few things over the years of working with women like I wouldn’t kneel down low to take your picture if the neckline needs a little help.

I have turned on my cell phone camera to take a picture then realized it’s on selfie mode catching me off guard by zooming in on my double chin.  It scares me.  Has that happened to you?  Or am I the only person that happens to?  So I fumble to turn the camera around as quickly as possible and get that image out of my head. It leaves me wondering, do I really look like that?!!? No, actually you don’t, the trouble zone is magnified by the position of the camera.

So it’s similar to that. I’m mindful of my position when taking your picture in relation to your proportions.  What that does is, it allows me to focus on your best features.  It means I’m not highlighting areas that don’t need to be highlighted.

Yes, there’s a method to the madness of taking a picture.  It’s not just point and shoot.  It’s not the fancy camera.  Over these past 10 years though, that’s second nature to me.  So you don’t need to worry about posing.  I understand it might be a little awkward getting in front of the camera and you may be wondering, “What do I do with my hands?” Don’t worry about! That’s my job. I will happily guide you every step of the way.

Will I look fat?

So now that we got that out of the way let’s get realistic.  I know those insecurities about those extra little trouble spots because I think of them with myself too.  My biggest concern when I get my picture taken is, “Will I look fat?”   Actually, I’m going to reply to that thought with a questions…”Shouldn’t we stop obsessing over that?”

I’m a little curvier than I want to be but hey I’m working on my health as a lifestyle. In the meantime, I don’t want to wait until I look like I did when I was 20 to get in front of the camera.  I work with people everyday and I want them to see me for who I am today.  My body can be a work in progress and I could learn to love it every step of the way.

I know we can be hard on ourselves.  Believe it or not, I hear it from nearly perfect size 3 high school seniors too. And I hear insecurities from those of you who are childless in excellent shape.  Can you imagine those of us who have a few extra curves? We are our worst critics.  So here’s the deal, if you want a complete nip and tuck, metamorphosis body transformation, I’m not your lady. But if you’ve gotten this far…. to the bottom of this page…I’m assuming your not.  With that said I’m not opposed to helping with a little nudge here and there.  Yes, I do tuck things in a little bit on key images. I try to stay conservative with it, but just enough to make a difference.

 So here’s the deal, if you want a complete nip and tuck, metamorphosis, body transformation, I’m not your lady.Alicia Vazquez

As far as that goes I know you trust my judgment.  At least once you’ve booked me, you most likely trust my judgment.  But honestly though, be open with me.  I need to be aware of any of your concerns.  When we work together we need to get to that point. I want to know what you’re worried about during your photo-shoot.  What are you worried about?