Above is an example of what can be achieved in retouching a photograph. However, retouching does have to be a drastic as the image above. Retouching is always up to the client. I can do basic to extreme retouching. Retouching can involve blemish removal, scar removal, wrinkles, crows feet or any other imperfection. I use a process called High Frequency Separation. This involves separating the color and detail layer in an image. This will allow me to work on skin color and detail separately. This will allow you to soften skin but not remove the texture, however it could be used to reduce someones skin texture as well. The video below walks you through the retouching process. It covers basic retouching, face shaping, fake eyelashes, makeup/contouring and hair retouching. Each adjustment in the process is its own layer which allows you to adjust that specific layer or have it removed.
Above is another before and after retouching example. This image was using an actual model. This version is closer to the style you would see on a magazine verses a real life portrait.
This is a photo that I retouched in black and white with more extreme shading to contour the face. What ever degree of retouching can easily be achieved. I offer FREE retouching with all portraits. Please feel free to contact John Whitehead Images with any questions.