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.
My approach to photos is fresh and clean, with an emphasis on responsible realism. 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 merely to highlight whatever beauty is already there.
I have spent a lot of my career studying the ethics of retouching and the beauty ideals propagated by photography, art, and fashion. I'm fascinated by the history, evolution, and impact of cultural beauty standards and my work is heavily influenced by my academic pursuits.
What does this mean? When you work with me, you can be assured that ethical, responsibly realistic retouching is something that I will adhere to as closely 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.
At the end of the day, my goal is to always deliver final photos that we can all be truly proud of. I want to help create images that are both visually stunning and ethically retouched. That's the work I do and that's the work I stand behind.
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Editorial publications include: Dreamingless, Elléments, Gleam, PUMP, The Know It Alls, Adon, Rebel & Co., Elegant, Rise, Promo, and Salysé Magazines.
I also work with diverse commercial and public sector clients worldwide along with a number of independent photographers.
If you're interested in working with me, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Feel free to send over some images and let’s get started talking about how we can make them the best they can be!