The Stuff They Don’t Teach You In Photography School…


I’m not a psychologist, I can’t read your mind.

I’m also not a fortune teller, so I cant read the palm of your hand.

However, my mother once told me something and It stayed in my head…

«When you look at a person’s hands, it gives you a good idea of how old they are…»

If you think about it, in the bodybuilding world of muscle and fitness… seeing veins is actually really good for photography. It shows you a lot of muscle definition and someone that is super shredded. Their age doesn’t matter. Its the definition that is most important.

However, in the fashion industry, age does matter. 

Seeing veins (especially on the hands of a female model) is a definite «no, no».

Why? Very simple. It reveals a person’s age.

If you look at any fashion magazine, all the veins on female models are magically gone. Why? Not all models are in their early 20s. Some are in their late 30s and in their 40s. 

In the fashion industry, the rule is simple: 

If you show the «real» hands of the model with veins everywhere… Well, the fact is this… It distracts the viewer from looking at the clothes, the handbag, the jewelry and the watch.

The fashion business / the beauty business is about selling products. It’s about selling a fantasy, not reality. Everything has to look perfect. Including the hands.

Surprisingly, they never taught us this in photography school…

I learned this from looking at hundreds of fashion images on the Internet and in magazines.

The rule is this. You need to retouch the hands in a fashion photo. No veins on the hands.

Do i agree? Not really. But this is the world we live in.

Here’s the final result. Before and after pictures. Photoshoot with my model, Caroline.

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