“Photography and retouching is a love affair that has gone hand in hand since the beginning. In high school, before I began my photography journey, I was involved in creating art with Photoshop. While in college, when photography made an appearance in my life, I ultimately had a full grasp of the program already. It made the transition into editing photos a bit easier than most! It’s been 20 years since I started with Photoshop.
Ultimately, I fell in love with retouching in the photography industry because I found out just how critical taking a photo to the next level was. I got addicted to the process of bringing an image to the final point. Retouching snowballed and it became my life for the following 10+ years. It allowed me to travel the world, teach others, meet other creatives, and be on set with top photographers. Being able to see the raw files of thousands of photographers over my career made me understand lighting to a deeper perspective than most others have the luxury of seeing.
While this was happening, I was still shooting but not as often as I wanted to with everything else going on. However, I recently launched a few digital apps for Photoshop (Infinite Color Panel) and it gave me the opportunity to clear more free time in order to pursue other creative interests. I limited my retouching clients and started planning for what else I wanted to engage in. Photography immediately filled that gap as one of those interests, and I jumped straight in. I really have a desire to realize my full potential. Now I shoot regularly and still enjoy doing so after all these years.”