Oh, but we do love it so much when long-time friends come over to play in front of the camera! It’s been a few years since Ashley Williams stopped by and we were excited when she took some time out of schedule a couple of weeks ago to put a little heat into our morning.
One of the characteristics Ashley and Kat share is freckles. Pale-skinned women all over the planet understand the challenge. For those whose melanin is lacking, getting that “all over” tan is impossible. A few minutes out in the warm sun and those freckles start popping. Some people love them, especially on children. Freckles are cute when we’re little. Adults, on the other hand, tend to be less than enthused.
Frequently, we are asked to airbrush out or in some way minimize the appearance of freckles in photographs. Doing so typically isn’t a huge issue, but it does raise questions about digital body modification and whether we are creating an unrealistic standard for beauty. After all, what’s really wrong with freckles? Not a damn thing.
While we gave her freckles priority consideration in most of the photos, there was one look where they are less noticeable. I didn’t think the whole steampunk vibe with the goggles and glasses worked in a standard high-contrast environment. So, we went with a more weathered Polaroid finish, which is inherently blurred. Where the freckles pop the most is in the black-and-white images where contrast is most dramatic. All four looks are a lot of fun.
Special thanks, again, to Kat for handling the hair and makeup duties. The quality of her work really saves me from having to edit faces which saves an incredible amount of time.
As usual, click on any of the thumbnails below to view the whole gallery. Enjoy those freckles!