Senior Portraits, Need Help!!

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  1. manderb1

    manderb1 TPF Noob!

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    The senior portrait I took yesterday turned out well, but I need some advice.
    Here are two of the same. One is edited, the other IS NOT. My question is this.
    Should I remove her mole of her cheek? She looks more chic without it but it gives her character, it like a defining feature maybe. I don't know what to do! Any advice....PLEASE. Should I all the portrait without, some, none? Thanks

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    Give your model the choice! She may consider her mole a defining characteristic!
     
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    manderb1 TPF Noob!

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    What should I ask? How would you ask tactfully? I don't want her to feel like its a flaw.
     
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    ...hmmmm


    how about giving her proofs of it both ways ... see if she notices ... see what she picks ...

    Frankly, I think she's very pretty and the mole doesn't detract.
     
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    manderb1 TPF Noob!

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    That sounds like a good plan. Once I get them edited I will post some more. She was a PLEASURE to shoot with.
     
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    I say leave it unless she asks specifically for it to be removed. Its part of her face...if you remove it she might take it wrong, like you think its ugly or something. (not saying you do...but being an 18 year old girl, you never know what will get to them)

    One thing....I think the edited ones look a bit TOO processed. Especially the skin. It looks blotchy from all the softening and retouching.
     
  7. astrostu

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    I think the edited picture (2nd picture posted) is way too blurry. The skin also looks like an unnatural color.

    I would also suggest doing a soft cloning out of the little baggies under her eyes.
     
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    I have to agree with astrostu, whatever technique you are using on the skin is not right.
    You need to do the skin adjustments in after the initial clean up

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    Agree! It's not our place to make decisions for the customer.
     
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    Acne - I always remove. Moles or anything more permanent I never remove. But, I might mention something during the proofing session that I could remove it if she wanted it removed.

    To me, it would seem odd if it were removed in some photos and not in others. So whatever you do, be consistant.
     
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    I usually leave any permanent features unless the client asks me to remove them. If it was acne or something like that then I would definitely remove it.
     
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    Thank you for all the replies. This was my first senior session and I want to make sure she gets what she wants. I believe I am going to show her every portrait with the mole and without the mole and she what she likes best. I just hope by me removing the mole she doesn't take it offensive.... Maybe I should just leave the mole. She such a pretty girl and that makes her "look" more unique.
     

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