Although I always aim to create photos with perfect backgrounds and I will often move myself or my subjects around to avoid distracting elements, there is sometimes no way to avoid them or I simply haven’t noticed what’s there. And then there’s the skin blemishes, the blinks, the face-pulling, the turned head or odd smile that I can’t possibly change nor foresee. Sometimes this means a lot of skin retouching or a head-swap in Photoshop. (Taking the head from one image and cloning it into another image on the same body) It takes time to edit, but really very worth the effort in the end, leaving an image that is print-worthy. Sometimes, images just need enhancing with colour, lens flare, light/dark or cropping to make them pop. Have a look at some of my before and afters. You’ll notice the use of everything I have mentioned.