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Old 12-20-2007, 08:02 AM
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New Freelance Retoucher


Hello everyone!
This is my first post on RetouchPro. Seems like a great site!
I'm a new retoucher looking for freelance work. I want to do this full time, so its not just a hobby or something I do on the side, its definitely my passion.
I love beauty and fashion retouching, maintaining the skin texture is one of the most important aspects and I never use blurs.

Also my work is going to be in Advanced Photoshop and Photoshop Creative in January so look out fo those.

Does anybody know how to get represented by an agency, or is there anyone looking to take on a freelance retoucher?
Any feedback/advice is appreciated too.

Check out my website www.amyreaddesigns.com and www.flickr.com/photos/amyread for examples.
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Old 12-20-2007, 04:12 PM
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Re: New Freelance Retoucher

Hi Amy,
If you're in the Western part of the U.S., my company sometimes uses freelancers to start out and see what kind of retouching level skills he/she is in. I started working out in our Los Angeles division which we did a lot of retouching and graphic arts work for Fox Home Entertainment and Weider Publications. Then I moved to Seattle for more high-end catalog work such as Nordstrom, Eddie Bauer, Brooks Brothers, etc. Now I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area working inside the corporate headquarters of one of our biggest clients.

My company is worldwide as well so maybe we have a color house in the U.K.

My company is RR Donnelley. And we have 3 color houses in the West Coast called Iridio (Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle). We also have several Photo studios across the nation. Check out our website as we're always growing and looking for talent. Sometimes we posts jobs on craigslist (that's how I got in believe it or not).

I dig your work so just keep knocking on those doors and good luck to you.

Cheers
Don
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Old 12-20-2007, 04:43 PM
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Re: New Freelance Retoucher

Thankyou for the kind words! I just had a look at the site, its a beast! Huge company.
I'm in the UK, I'll have a look on craigslist as there were no job listings on the uk site.

I'll keep on knocking!
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Old 12-20-2007, 04:51 PM
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Re: New Freelance Retoucher

Yeah I know. There are pros and cons working for a big company. One of the things that I love about it is that I'm always challenged and learning constantly from Old School Retouchers to fresh and bold new ideas from newbies. Also I get to transfer and move around once in awhile if the opportunity comes up. The bad part about it is that, there is no individual accolades or ownership to the image since it is often re-worked by other co-workers. C'est la Vie. Just take your time and with your skills I'm sure you'll find steady work.

Best,
Don
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Old 12-20-2007, 04:54 PM
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Re: New Freelance Retoucher

the other bad thing about big companies is the mandatory overtime and the 6 day work weeks...
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Old 12-20-2007, 05:00 PM
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Re: New Freelance Retoucher

Oh yeah I forgot about the O.T. Unless you love O.T. I love it because I have goals with my money that I'm saving. I hate it when I get to work on "Forced Voluntary Overtime" on the weekends. Our L.A. division, is mandatory every other weekend O.T. Our Seattle division is "Forced" voluntary. Our SF division (where I am currently) is strictly voluntary. So be prepared to work long hours if you want to be in this industry.
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Old 12-21-2007, 07:35 AM
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Re: New Freelance Retoucher

I think long hours are ok when you love what you're doing, its either that or get a job at Norwich Union and be bored out of my skull 100% of the time.
Does anybody know any companies in the UK that do retouching, or agencies that represent freelance retouchers>
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:44 AM
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Re: New Freelance Retoucher

I agree completely about loving your job. I am very fortunate that I go to work everyday excited about the projects that I will be doing that day, and I like the challenge, and love what I do.
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Old 12-21-2007, 01:05 PM
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i don't mind long hours, i just hate being forced to work them...when i interviewed at donnelly they pretty much said "if you don't like the hours, there's the door"
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Old 12-21-2007, 01:11 PM
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Hey Pixelzombie,
Which division if you don't mind me asking?
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