Long gone are the days when you could trust a photo in an adult entertainment ad. These days, every photographer expecting to do any business must be a Photoshop whiz. A little smoothing, a nip here and there to fix up that pantie line is all right. But when is retouching too much of a good thing?
Some people look awesome in person, and photograph like a “before” model. Others make love to a camera, and it loves them back. Retouching photos can help level the playing field, but it can also open “hobbyists” to photo fraud. Being a photographer myself, I have to admit that what my customers ask for sometimes makes me uneasy. This is why at Lovings.com, we have created the Photo Rating system, so you can find out if the photo is real, flattering, or completely off. Please use it, and use it wisely.
When you’re job hunting, your resume shows you in the best light. You didn’t put in that incident at the office party, right? Did you think that celebrities and Playboy models really look like that, either? An escort’s ad is her/his resume – it’s natural that they’d want to appear as good as they can. This is job hunting after all.
Of course, a little Photoshop work that brings a photo up to what it could look like in a multimillion dollar celebrity photo studio is fine, but major photo retouching is like a stuffed bra. Sooner or later the truth comes out, so to speak. Wouldn’t you prefer your customer to be pleasantly surprised when they see you in person, rather than disappointed? Dishonest photos make the whole “date” start on a wrong leg, and honesty in advertising is a key to repeat business and good reviews.
Ok, this is so not PC. But it’s funny, gimme a break :-). Jackie Beat in “Retouch my body”: