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Old 08-02-2011, 07:07 AM
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Hey guys, can you offer some advice? I'm not living or working in the EU/ US but I am moving to NYC in December. Should I contact retouching agencies overseas and ask them to ftp work in the time being? Thanks

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Old 08-03-2011, 09:32 AM
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Re: Pro Skills but lacking opportunities Career Ad

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They all commented on my portfolio and said it was great etc. The problem is I’m not interested in getting more freelance/commercial work even if it’s highly paid. I just want to work on high-end fashion editorial, especially covers and/or gain experience with someone who works in this area. I don’t need to be credited for any of the work I do and won’t put photos in my portfolio/ website, I would just like the experience.
I'm not sure what it is you want.

You want to work with NYC retouching houses that do fashion, but you don't want any more work?

Uhm, good luck?
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:32 AM
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Re: Looking for Work

I too am confused, you may want to reword that first post.
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:08 PM
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Re: Looking for Work

Thanks for all your help, it is fine now.

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Old 08-04-2011, 03:13 AM
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Re: Looking for Work

Can we see your site/portfolio?
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:07 AM
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Re: Looking for Work

When I'm featured on lebook in the future, I will post my websites here

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Old 08-04-2011, 09:05 AM
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Re: Looking for Work

I think you should do all of the above. Why not? There's nothing to lose.

I don't know how much retouching gets done by the magazines themselves inhouse, I would guess very little, but again, that's a guess.

It never hurts to contact the photographers directly. Some of them use multiple retouchers, depending on the project.

From my experience, most of the retouching studios in New York won't get back to you unless you're based here already. Before I moved here I contacted lots of them with little to no response. When I was actually living here, I was up and working almost immediately.
Best of luck to you
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:07 AM
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Re: Looking for Work

Sorry I posted comment below before i read your response, thank you so much for answering my question. A huge number of people viewed this page but you were the only one to offer advice, thank you!! I will try as many options as I can.

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Old 08-04-2011, 09:10 AM
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If anyone can provide more suggestions I would be so grateful. Thank you.

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Old 08-04-2011, 09:58 AM
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Re: Looking for Work

No problem

You might try checking the NYC craigslist and look for postings seeking retouchers. Sometimes it's a decent photographer with an editorial story but with little budget for quality retouching. I got a pretty great editorial that way before moving to New York, since I had, prior to that, primarily worked in the advertising sector (Cars mostly, and the occasional bottle of water haha ) and I wanted some kind of fashion story in my book so I wasn't just showing car ads.

Also check twitter. Search "retouching" or "retoucher". Sometimes I'll see photographers lamenting the fact that they're having to retouch a story when they'd much rather be out shooting.

I totally know where you're coming from as far as wanting to focus on the fashion and beauty side. It oftentimes doesn't pay as well as the commercial stuff, but it is WAY more fun and fulfilling to work on.
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