We are looking for a freelance photography retoucher for our businesses Kemmetmueller Photography (portrait photography) and Elusive Art Photography (boudoir photography). Our retouching consists of basic enhancements towards our client's body form, personality and the background surrounding them.
When retouching, we would need the retoucher to make sure the background is consistent through the entire photo (fills the entire space) so the ability to patch the background into any inconsistencies is a must.
The client's body should have a natural skin smoothing look (portraiture) and enhanced eyes to bring out the iris of the eye. We would also need the contrast of the image to be boosted ("pow wow" - Kubota Photoshop Action) and sharpened ("kpd sharpening" - Kubota Photoshop Action).
A major, necessary skill needed is the knowledge of liquifying the subject of an image. We keep their natural, overall body shape, but bring in and tighten their body line (which has to be straight; no indents).
Back to the retouching, we would want acne and wrinkles taken out, however, we leave beauty marks, freckles and any other unique personal features because we pride ourselves in making our clients look good, but stay themselves.
Talking about a business relationship between a freelancer and Kemmetmueller Photography or Elusive Art, communication, speed and quality is key. Our photography studio is a high-volume, high-quality studio that handles a lot more sessions than the average photography business.
Communication. We are based in the USA, so English would be a convenience, but we would definitely pick a freelancer who is a foreign speaker and better at his job over someone who speaks English (they must be able to communicate to us in some other way though... minor english skill for example).
Speed. Like we stated before, we have sessions running all the time and our average turn-around time is 2 weeks. Our process is the photography session... 2 weeks later we have the viewing session (so the retouching needs to be done before then)... and then 2 more weeks later they receive their product. So the ability to finish images in around a 5-8 day timespan is a must.
Quality. Our unofficial "tagline" is that we prove to the photography world that we can be a studio that gives clients fast turnaround times AND amazing, high-quality images. Every client comments about how good our images are and how fast they receive their products so this is very important to us as a business.
Freelancers in this category of work should be interested in our job offering because we offer steady and consistent work at a good paying rate. This would be perfect for someone who likes retouching on the side and/or could benefit from the extra income.
For every freelancer that is interested in this job, they will need to go through an interview process with some basic, personal questions and a retouching assignment. Pay will be given for the retouching assignment (along with images to use) as long as communication, speed and quality standards are met within our judgement. A screen recording of your retouching work would be highly appreciated, but not necessary.
If freelancers have any questions, please contact through oDesk, email or telephone (long distance please use email). Thank you in advance for all job submissions.
*We will not provide any software (photoshop, lightroom or any other software you think you will use will not be compensated for).*
Kemmetmueller Photography || Elusive Art Photography
18336 Minnetonka Blvd.
Deephaven, MN 55391