So I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying “if you run, then you are a runner.” This notion basically reminds us that no matter how far, how long, or how skilled you are if you put in the effort you will be recognized for it. I wish I could say the same applies for photography and retouching; that by picking up a camera or purchasing Adobe Photoshop you’re instantly a photographer or an expert retoucher. However, I don’t think it works like that, just as a beginner wouldn’t win the Boston Marathon. I am by no means the equivalent of the marathon front-runner, nor do I consider myself a ‘pro’ or ‘guru’ in the field of photography or retouching, but I do consider myself competent, knowledgeable, driven, and always a scholar, in my continuous ambition to become better, greater, and more skilled than I was yesterday.
I have been lucky to not only have found a passion for photography but in that my personality lends itself well to the retouching process. I have also been lucky in that I have the ability (and let’s be honest, patience) to buy and watch endless hours of tips, tricks, behind the scenes, upfront, first hand work of some of the greats in this field. I have taken every opportunity to attend workshops, where not only can I collaborate with other local photographers, but I can learn from the best. Three days away from home and my loved ones is well worth it when it’s spent with good company like that of Dani Diamond and Clay Cook. The techniques I've learned and the information that was given, not only helped me hone my skills, but have also sharpened the blade so to speak...well in this case I guess I should say it's motivated me to lace up my running shoes.