So here it is, I have retouched my outfit shots in the past, in an attempt to create a more polished, professional looking photo. Most of the time I only correct lighting and adjust the color in my shots, sometimes I went further to erase dark circles and a few zits. I have looked at other fashion blogs written by women who look model perfect and felt inadequate about my looks. I have been tempted (but never have) to go overboard with retouching; making my skin smoother, teeth whiter and body trimmer.
What stopped me was the fact that this blog is about my personal style. If I retouched my photos too much they would stop looking like me and become some strange alien version of myself. I want to keep my blog real, and I believe that is exactly what fashion blogging should be. A real un-retouched view of life, style, fashion. If someone wants glossy perfection they can find it in a fashion magazine, my blog is about real everyday fashion and beauty.
The image below is an example of taking retouching to the extreme. It's a scary view of what image "perfection" can look like. I don't like it, this picture doesn't even look like me, it looks like a doll version of me.
From this point forward my blog policy on retouching the images of myself (I can't control the Photoshopped fashion pics) is as follows;
I solemnly swear to retouch sparingly
Let the wrinkles in my clothes
(and in my face) shine through
Let the fact that I love green tea show on my teeth
and the evidence that I love cookies and chocolate show on my hips
Let my imperfect complexion be seen
and let the only retouching on my skin be with foundation and concealer
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*This is my personal view of what I think fashion blogging should be, there is no wrong or right in this issue. It's all about what you feel comfortable with, but I do think that heavily retouched photos sends the wrong message and sets an impossible to achieve standard of beauty.