To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.
William Blake
original photo natural pageant retouching glitz pageant retouching

Original Image Natural Pageant Glitz Pageant


There are two flavours of pageant portraits: "natural" and "glitz". "Natural" doesn't allow makeup for small children and must look more, well, natural. "Glitz" picture must not only be retouched using most advanced techniques but have a look of an exquisit porcelain doll. In the pictures above you can see examples of the two kinds of pageant retouching.

Pageant photo retouching requires a good quality original image in high resolution. When I start my work, I pick the most serious problems in the original image: messed up hair, eyes not open wide enough, dark shadows on the face, etc. Fixing that requires both retouching and painting techniques. After that I do overall color and contrast correction, work on lashes, add blush, shapen brows, remove stray hairs. You can find more examples in my GALLERY.

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