photo editing and retouching service


I'm based in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area of Virginia and have been photographing clients and editing photos for over 17 years for both studio and outdoor settings (natural light and strobe-lit). Years of photographing portraits and weddings resulted in gaining expertise in beauty retouching. In recent years, I've added product photography and editing for apparel, shoes, and other small products, as well as real estate and automotive images. For newborn portrait photographers, I also specialize in digital composites. Please note that I will only accept newborn digital composite assignments based on the quality of the original photography and composite backdrop.


I am meticulous and prefer to hand-retouch as much as possible. Still, I will occasionally use AI for removing objects, extending backgrounds, and portraiture plug-ins for more efficient facial retouching. My turnaround time is 24 to 72 for up to 10 images and a week for full galleries. 


I am more than happy to give a custom proposal based on your current needs, and I am also open to an ongoing editing relationship. 


I can help you with:


  • Basic edits - color correction, exposure, contrast, sharpening, straightening (Lightroom only)
  • Beauty retouching - removal of scars, blemishes, skin smoothing
  • Studio backdrop extensions
  • Newborn digital composites
  • Background removal/replacement for studio portraits or product photography


Per image and project rates available, please contact ciesther for details!

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