About Me

My name is Stephanie Maulding and I’m an independent retouch artist based out of San Francisco. I've been working in the photo industry for about 15 years now and over the course of my career, I've developed a strong perspective on retouching.

I love discovering and enhancing the unique beauty that exists in every image and every person. I believe that it is not the job of a retoucher to "make people beautiful" but simply to highlight whatever beauty is already there.

I have spent a lot of my career studying what I call the ethics of retouching alongside the history of cultural beauty ideals and women's fashion. I'm very interested in the impact of retouching within the greater framework of art history and my work is heavily influenced by my academic pursuits.

What does this mean for you? When you work with me, you can be assured that responsibly realistic retouching is an ideal that I will strive for as much as possible…and in today’s market this is becoming more and more of a consumer demand. People are keeping a close eye on the media and are becoming very retouching savvy. (And retouching critical.) I believe that today's retouchers must walk a fine line and I do my best to walk that line for you.

Clients and editorial publications include: Elemis, Innisfree, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Dreamingless, Elléments, Gleam, PUMP, The Know It Alls, Adon, Rebel & Co., Elegant, Rise, Promo, and Salysé.

If you're interested in working with me, please get in touch!