My name is Randall Owens. I am a fashion photographer in the USA, and have been for more than 25 years. I regularly photograph a number of aspiring models, who need photographs for their first portfolio - to do modeling or acting. They are just starting out, so I provide photographs that will hopefully get them started in their modeling careers. But because they are younger and just beginning, they do not have a large amount of money to spend. So our pictures are priced very low in order to help them get a start.
Since these pictures are used to start them in modeling, they must look attractive and actually look like models. Retouching is needed for their skin (blemishes and wrinkles, etc.), and we often have to help their figures look slimmer too - but they often do not need too much work. Some of the people are already very attractive, and some of them need a little more help, but all of the work is quite simple and not too challenging. At first, you will start slowly (because you are not familiar yet with what to do). But soon, you will be able to do 6 - 10 pictures in an hour, and then you will get even faster - because you will know just what to do. Later, you will know what needs to be done right away when you look at the picture, and then the picture will only take about 4 - 8 minutes to finish. I have been doing all of this retouching myself, so I know how long it takes. But I am looking forward to getting some help. From what I've seen, I believe that you would be very good with the photographs.
This project is for 50 fashion photographs to be retouched in Photoshop, but we are seeking an expert Photoshop retoucher to do hundreds more on an ongoing basis. In the future, we will regularly have many more pictures - about 170 - 350 images per month - that we will need to have retouched on a continuing basis. You must have a good knowledge of using Photoshop, and know how to retouch pictures and improve facial and body features, while keeping the person looking natural. You should be able to correct skin blemishes and eye wrinkles using the Healing Tool, quickly slim or reshape their faces and bodies using the Liquify Tool, fix a few small hair problems, and other skills. Each project will have a deadline for completion. There will be adequate time to easily complete all the work, but it is important that they be finished on time.
Along with this message, I will attach 3 "TEST" pictures (not yet retouched) that are typical of what we have to work with. I would appreciate it if you would please retouch these pictures as a trial, to show that you do know Photoshop well. I will also include samples to show how we retouch them. If this project goes to you, you have my promise that I will pay you for these two pictures in addition to the 50 in the project.
Because the models are young, and their identities must be protected, we will have you agree that you will not duplicate, share, or post any photographs. Also, we do retain all copyrights to the pictures. We have an agreement that will cover everything in more detail, before the project begins.
If we can complete this first project and work together, there will be much more work for you to do. We actually have about 350 - 500 pictures that need retouching right now, and we repeat these groups about every 6 - 8 weeks.
Please look at the pictures attached with this message (let me know if you did not receive them).
The "SAMPLE" files are just to show you examples of how we retouch pictures.
The "TEST" files are pictures to be retouched by you now, and sent back to us, to help us know that you will be right for our projects. See DESCRIPTION files for help.
Please send back the retouched TEST photographs, compressed as a ZIP or STUFFIT file.
I hope that you will join us. We like the work that we have seen from you, and I think that you will find our work to be very rewarding!
Randall Owens Photography