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“Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?”

This photo looks so good…I sometimes wonder if I really took it. But there are no Photoshop or filter tricks. It’s a combination of:

  • Mayra’s exquisite beauty, makeup skill, style, pose, and gym body
  • Sunlight reflecting off the high school gym windows behind her
  • Soft, even light in front of her provided by my new 48″ Glow EZ Lock Deep Parabolic Softbox

The goal is always to get it right in camera, not in Photoshop. I color correct and do blemish removal in all my beauty photos, but I do not do any skin smoothing or Photoshop magic like frequency separation.

About the model:
Mayra is a motivated person, originally from Guatamala 🇬🇹, about to start full time classes at a prestigious school so she can fulfill her goal of becoming a working makeup artist and esthetician, while busting her butt at her family business on weekends. You’d be mistaken if you thought she just poses and looks pretty.

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