Stephanie Maulding is creating A blog about ethical retouching and body positivity
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Photo retouching is my profession and it is my passion, but over the years, it's gotten a bad reputation as a social ill that must be remedied. Ultimately, I don't buy into the narrative that retouching is inherently bad. I believe in something I call ethical retouching and body positive retouching. I believe that through dialog and education, we can change the digital photography and commercial imaging fields to create a healthier media landscape.

I'm a full time freelance retoucher, formerly trained as a photographer. I've been working freelance in the field of photographic imaging for about 10 years and have held prominent positions at a number of companies doing photography, post production, and fashion logistics. I have always had a lot of love and passion for my field but have also always had concerns about the ethics involved in digital imaging enhancement and mass media, so over the years I've developed a strong code of conduct when it comes to my work and have passionately researched many subjects connected to the ethics of digital photography and retouching.

In the past year, I've launched my blog, Imperfected, to explore these ethics in a more public way that is accessible to both image creators and to the general media-consuming public. I want to appeal to both and really start a dialog between the two. My overarching goal is to change the retouching and photography industries through education about ethical, body positive retouching. I also want to educate media consumers about retouching and other media matters so that they can have a better relationship with their bodies in an environment full of sometimes unrealistic ideals.

I primarily explore issues related to body image, but also touch on other aspects of commercial image ethics. I go into both philosophy and technique and I exhibit both work I've done on other artists' images and photographic work of my own.

I spend a lot of my time writing and a lot of my time creating demo images to use with my articles. I'm also beginning to create video content. As you can imagine, this takes a lot of time and resources. So far, I've been going it alone, but I could really use your help if you believe in my message and my mission! Your support will help me produce higher quality content with more frequency. 

Some of my regular expenses include:

-Producing photoshoots so I have raw content to work with (expenses: props, disposables, makeup, stylists, facilities, transportation, etc.)
-Web Hosting fees
-Software Subscriptions
-Equipment and Repairs

If I manage to get to a certain funding goal, I'd also like to embark on an ambitious fashion-portrait photo project adjacent to Imperfected to enhance the blog's message. (Read More) To do this, I need upgraded gear, printing materials or services, and framing supplies. If I manage to start this project, I will make a special edition print only for my Patreon sponsors.

I know it's a lofty goal to change an entire industry, but every revolution starts with the smallest of efforts. I do believe that digital imaging will take its place in the greater narrative of art history. But first, we need to have a conversation contextualizing these new tools and putting them into an ethical perspective.
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A sincere thank you on Imperfected's donor page. Just let me know what name you'd like mentioned.
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A sincere thank you on Imperfected's donor page accompanied by a link of your choice. This can be a commercial, advertising link to a shop, service, or product. (So long as it is not extremely NSFW or out of line with Imperfected's ethics.)
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Graphic advertising on the sidebar of Imperfected's website for as long as you're a patron. (Again, so long as it is not extremely NSFW or out of line with Imperfected's ethics.)
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Directly ask me a question and we'll have a private chat via messenger, e-mail, Skype, phone, whatever. Can be about retouching, photography, philosophy, etc. If it's a technical question, I'll give you a private tutorial. If non-technical, we'll chat about it and I'll try to give you some extra resources. Alternatively, I may address your question in the form of a full on blog entry or video if it's something I haven't covered before and it would be helpful to my audience at large. If I do this, your name will go on the article if you wish. You'll also get a thank you and a link on my donor page if you so choose.
Pledge $5 or more per per article
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Retouching services. Specifics to be determined. (Typically 1-2 beauty or fashion images. Up to 5-8 portrait, wedding, or event photos.) Subject to my retouching terms, which you can find on http://www.imperfectedblog.com The most important term is that you must be the original photographer or have the photographer's permission. (Copyright law. Not my fault!) Also a thank you with a link if you choose.
Photo retouching is my profession and it is my passion, but over the years, it's gotten a bad reputation as a social ill that must be remedied. Ultimately, I don't buy into the narrative that retouching is inherently bad. I believe in something I call ethical retouching and body positive retouching. I believe that through dialog and education, we can change the digital photography and commercial imaging fields to create a healthier media landscape.

I'm a full time freelance retoucher, formerly trained as a photographer. I've been working freelance in the field of photographic imaging for about 10 years and have held prominent positions at a number of companies doing photography, post production, and fashion logistics. I have always had a lot of love and passion for my field but have also always had concerns about the ethics involved in digital imaging enhancement and mass media, so over the years I've developed a strong code of conduct when it comes to my work and have passionately researched many subjects connected to the ethics of digital photography and retouching.

In the past year, I've launched my blog, Imperfected, to explore these ethics in a more public way that is accessible to both image creators and to the general media-consuming public. I want to appeal to both and really start a dialog between the two. My overarching goal is to change the retouching and photography industries through education about ethical, body positive retouching. I also want to educate media consumers about retouching and other media matters so that they can have a better relationship with their bodies in an environment full of sometimes unrealistic ideals.

I primarily explore issues related to body image, but also touch on other aspects of commercial image ethics. I go into both philosophy and technique and I exhibit both work I've done on other artists' images and photographic work of my own.

I spend a lot of my time writing and a lot of my time creating demo images to use with my articles. I'm also beginning to create video content. As you can imagine, this takes a lot of time and resources. So far, I've been going it alone, but I could really use your help if you believe in my message and my mission! Your support will help me produce higher quality content with more frequency. 

Some of my regular expenses include:

-Producing photoshoots so I have raw content to work with (expenses: props, disposables, makeup, stylists, facilities, transportation, etc.)
-Web Hosting fees
-Software Subscriptions
-Equipment and Repairs

If I manage to get to a certain funding goal, I'd also like to embark on an ambitious fashion-portrait photo project adjacent to Imperfected to enhance the blog's message. (Read More) To do this, I need upgraded gear, printing materials or services, and framing supplies. If I manage to start this project, I will make a special edition print only for my Patreon sponsors.

I know it's a lofty goal to change an entire industry, but every revolution starts with the smallest of efforts. I do believe that digital imaging will take its place in the greater narrative of art history. But first, we need to have a conversation contextualizing these new tools and putting them into an ethical perspective.

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Pledge $1 or more per per article
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A sincere thank you on Imperfected's donor page. Just let me know what name you'd like mentioned.
Pledge $2 or more per per article
0 patrons
A sincere thank you on Imperfected's donor page accompanied by a link of your choice. This can be a commercial, advertising link to a shop, service, or product. (So long as it is not extremely NSFW or out of line with Imperfected's ethics.)
Pledge $3 or more per per article
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Graphic advertising on the sidebar of Imperfected's website for as long as you're a patron. (Again, so long as it is not extremely NSFW or out of line with Imperfected's ethics.)
Pledge $3 or more per per article
0 patrons
Directly ask me a question and we'll have a private chat via messenger, e-mail, Skype, phone, whatever. Can be about retouching, photography, philosophy, etc. If it's a technical question, I'll give you a private tutorial. If non-technical, we'll chat about it and I'll try to give you some extra resources. Alternatively, I may address your question in the form of a full on blog entry or video if it's something I haven't covered before and it would be helpful to my audience at large. If I do this, your name will go on the article if you wish. You'll also get a thank you and a link on my donor page if you so choose.
Pledge $5 or more per per article
0 patrons
Retouching services. Specifics to be determined. (Typically 1-2 beauty or fashion images. Up to 5-8 portrait, wedding, or event photos.) Subject to my retouching terms, which you can find on http://www.imperfectedblog.com The most important term is that you must be the original photographer or have the photographer's permission. (Copyright law. Not my fault!) Also a thank you with a link if you choose.