The Best Compliment Yet

The retouching in this photo of Gloria Steinem and Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider is more heavy-handed than the technique I use now. Unfortunately, I cannot yet show you the technique I'm using now, because it's all work-for-hire and not mine to share.

The retouching in this photo of Gloria Steinem and Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider is more heavy-handed than the technique I use now. Unfortunately, I cannot yet show you the technique I’m using now, because it’s all work-for-hire and not mine to share.

I’ve been shooting donor/subscriber receptions for a non-profit arts program. During a break in the action at a recent event, my contact at the organization praised my work, saying that everyone in her office was impressed by my shots. That was a lovely compliment, but it’s not the one I want to brag about here.

No, that came a little later, when in the course of conversation one of her coworkers noted that their patrons look very good in my images. I explained, “I retouch every photo.”

My contact was shocked to hear this. And her surprise is the greatest compliment my work has received.

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