Jess Badger

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Jess Badger
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In 2012 I graduated with a bachelor of Design Innovation from Victoria University in the art capital of New Zealand Wellington City.

I moved to Melbourne in 2014 to pursue the creative arts and trained as an actor. I'm now working as an actor and model and retoucher. 

Having experience in both the design and acting/modelling sphere has given me an eclectic set of skills and a unique combination of perspectives to create from. 

I have an excellent understanding of the varying styles and aesthetics clients require, especially in the realms of acting and modelling. As such I have a creative sensitivity to the specific idiosyncrasies and stylings varying industries employ.

I specialise in retouching specifically having moved away from photography to hone and practice advanced retouching techniques to deliver the best results for clients. 

I provide a professional retouching service for,
• Actors and Models and Performers.
• Headshot, Fashion and Editorial Photographers.
• Corporate and Advertising Clients. 

Would you like to complete our full Editorial interview or skip straight to uploading your photos? (12 more interview questions).

Our readers would love to get to know you more Jess. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

What makes me unique as an artist is how lucky I have been to train in many different creative spheres, from vocals, dance and the performing arts to industrial design, photography, retouching and visual arts.

Most of my energy goes into retouching and acting, but I'm also having success as a colourist and abstract visual artist having exhibited a few times this year at RAW Melbourne.


Jess, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Retoucher?

I'm always inspired by photographers specifically the way they capture the human form and human face in ways that bring out either the true nature of the subject or something completely unexpected. I started as a retoucher when I was inspired by photographers I came across in the acting and modelling world. 

Who is your inspiration in life Jess? How do you keep inspired?

I'll just get inspired by an image, or a photo, or a piece of art. There is so much art around and so many talented creatives it's impossible to pinpoint a specific artist whose work I find most inspiring.

Nature is the ultimate inspiration for me, it's just so completely perfect and intricate. looking at a sunset or the perfect breaking wave is the ultimate.

We all make mistakes Jess, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Retoucher, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I once criticised the work of the photographer specifically the focus applied. I found out that they were using a specific photography technique. Because of my ignorance, I insulated the photographer and also made myself look unprofessional and unkind. I learned that retouching skill isn't enough. I would need to learn more about specific photography techniques. In the future, I will retouch the photo given to me, not critique it. 

Jess, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Retoucher, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?

Time management is vital. And not taking on an unmanageable amount of work. You have to prepare for things going wrong and allow extra time for each project.

Please tell us, Jess, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Retoucher?

Being able to work not only at a high level but with speed is always the challenge. I find regular training and upskilling always keeps me equipped to break through barriers. 

Jess, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
These times are normal and common. On every occasion, I try to express to the client or individual that their work is safe with me and that they can trust me to deliver. I confidently reassure them that the way I am approaching the brief will provide them with the best result, a result they can be proud of.

Jess, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Retoucher. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
If rather not answer this question. Pride..... it's a temptation for me haha

Jess, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
One time the model needed an eye colour change but the edited colour had to look like the natural eye colour of the model. Finding the right technique was exciting and satisfying 

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Retoucher?

I would say find what works for you! There are so many ways to retouch! Find what you do well and stick to it. Your work will be consistent.

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I'm always looking to collaborate with fashion photographers from naturalistic to quite highly retouched 

Now for the best part Jess! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photo Credits:
Free stock images


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