So what is retouching, and how should you choose which photos you want retouched?
According to Google, "Photo retouching is the process of altering an image to prepare it for final presentation. Retouchers typically perform actions that are small localized adjustments to an image. Usually completed after globalized adjustments (such as color correction), retouching is the polishing of an image."
My retouching focuses on skin smoothing, blemish removal, background expansion, hair fly-aways, object removal, and anything else that would normally not be on you. I do not and will not make someone thinner, curvier, have bigger eyes, a smaller nose, etc. The goal of my photography is to show everyone that they belong in front of the camera just as they are.
Now which photos to retouch? It depends on preference. If there is really nothing in the background that's out of place, and your skincare is popping off or genetics has blessed you or you really couldn't give a flying f*ck about blemishes and skim smoothing, then I don't think retouching is necessary. But let's say you're a model or wanting to build a modeling portfolio, then I would definitely encourage your photos to be retouched for the final edit. I also encourage retouching on images from the studio where the backdrop needs expanding so that everything has a clean line.
Below are examples of retouched vs non-retouched images. I hope this helps you understand the retouching process and when and how to use it!
................Remember, you are worthy regardless of the retouching or un-retouching of an image...............