My favorite kind of retouching is anything that is a challenge or has unique needs. Working with moody light or compositing mulitple images are some of my favorite projects
What I love most about still life, is lighting. Weather the source is many different artificial lights to just the window, it's all about the lighting. Sometimes that lighting needs to persuaded in such a way to match it's partners who may have been shot differently, or to simply embellish the important parts and mute those areas less important. There can be many minute lighting manipulations to make a still life feel exactly the way it was intended to. I love identifying those nuances and making it so no-one else ever does.
I also love design thru photography with the shapes and lines of still life and product photography. Making each line perfect and all shapes complimentary to each other with creative cropping, compositing, warping and liquifying.
Every face is a beautiful canvas. Photography can sometimes be cruel, but I love to bring that beauty back. Having the luxury of witnessing years of lighting scenarios, I am able to easily identify and correct the challenges that arise.
I got my start in retouching Fashion at the Gap in 2005. since then, I have had many great opportunities to work on different brands and with many merchants. For Fashion the clothes must look natural but clean. I always try to keep in mind that when retouching fashion, The clothes are large enough to fit correctly across a woman who is proportionate and 5'11, but as big around as someone of more "average" height. Clothing doesn't usually come that size, so the pinning and the retouching do the rest.
Most recently, I was a Digital Tech at The Gap. I had been with the company for 10 years as a full time employee and for a year and a half before that as a Retoucher. I have been primarily with Banana Republic but revolve with all of the brands in the Gap umbrella. I love the problem solving aspect of this position. I also love the lighting aspect, and the science of color. I act as a liaison between the retouchers and the creative teams.