Retouching your headshot: The fine line between "too much" and "just right".


Everyone wants to look their best in their professional headshots. With the editing tools available to photographers and the general population alike, the question comes up - how much retouching should a professional headshot receive?

It's no secret that we photographers can take the average person and Photoshop them into an unrecognizable, fabricated super model. We can snip and tuck, liquify, contour, and remove or add just about anything to your image. But how much retouching is too much?

There is a fine line we walk every time we begin retouching your images. Below are two headshots that we've retouched. The before image is straight out of camera with no retouching. The after image has One Tree Studio's retouching service applied. 

Some photographers choose to take things too far - you've all seen images like this. The person looks like they have no pores, their pupils are glowing, and every line on their face as miraculously vanished. Imagine the shock when they show up for their job interview!

You can trust One Tree Studio to capture you in your best light, and provide professional retouching that looks just right! Contact us to invest in your professional image and book your headshot session today!


Our standard professional retouching services are included in all of our packages. This type of retouching is adequate for:

-Occasional stray hair/fly away removal

-Removal of blemishes 

-Reduce under eye bags

-Whitening teeth

-Whitening Eyes

-Image cropping

-Exposure and colour correction

What our standard retouching does not include

-Adding or removing large portions of hair

-Moire Removal (colour or patterns caused by certain fabrics)

-Removing hairs that intersect 

-Changing the colour of hair 

-Significant creases or wrinkles in clothes

-Background removal or change of background colour


All of our retouching services are done at our discretion. For any additional retouching outside of our standard services, we can provide a quote upon request.