A few months ago I was hired by the editor in-chief of Unleashed Beauty Magazine to photograph their cover girl, TRICIA, for the fall issue. UB is a Christian based beauty & fashion magazine. They feature articles and celebrities that inspire & empower women to be confident and unique. See the entire shoot here.
It was a refreshing experience working with Unleashed Beauty Magazine because they don't allow beauty retouching like EVERY other magazine in the world requires. I actually found it difficult to not airbrush a photo simply out of habit which caused me to do a morality check on my work. Am I contributing to the "you should look like these fake people" industry? You better believe I use photoshop but working on this job made me question where should I draw the line? What are we teaching young girls? What are we teaching other women?
Lately, I've noticed this "real beauty" concept is on the rise and I feel led to be a part of it. I'm not sure what that means yet but I want to start with cutting back on over retouching subjects in my shoots. Don't get me wrong I think photoshop is an amazing resource. But I challenge other photographers along with myself to only "clone stamp" away areas that aren't normally there, i.e. zit, wrinkle in clothes, shine, shadows from weird lighting. I know that's a tough challenge because sometimes we get clients that want the "perfect" most unrealistic photo ever. And those client's pay us to do so. But maybe, just maybe if we simply start by publicly coming out of the "photoshop addiction closet" and promoting natural beauty along with healthy lifestyles perhaps our work will take shape and our clients will take notice.
And just to be clear, no I'm not saying down with makeup and looking pretty. I think it's great to look our best and take pride in our appearances. I have mad respect for fashion designers and hair/makeup artists. Their creations give my photography life and inspire me to create new work.
I just think it's time to look at beauty differently. Who's with me?
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BTS & OUTTAKES
Now, time for some behind the scenes shots and outtakes! H. Audrey Boutique is a fantastic shoppe. Definitely check it out.
Happy snapping! Cheers!
Thanks to: Unleashed Beauty Magazine, H. Audrey Boutique, Megan Huffman, and Tricia Brock
All Images © Lauren Athalia Photography